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Further improvements in physical performance

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Latest figures for the physical performance of the GB pig herd paint a mostly positive picture. 

Sow productivity continued to improve, particularly in indoor systems. Feed efficiency in the rearing herd also improved, while in the finishing herd it was similar to a year earlier, partly due to the heavier finished weights over the last year.

Latest figures from Agrosoft for the physical performance of the GB pig herd paint a mostly positive picture. Sow productivity continued to improve, particularly in indoor systems. The number of pigs weaned per indoor sow in the year to September 2014 averaged 25.8, up from 24.1 in the preceding 12 months. In contrast, productivity from outdoor sows was little changed on a year earlier, at 21.7 pigs per sow per year, although this was slightly higher than in the previous quarter. The increase for indoor breeders was driven by more than half an extra piglet born alive per litter, up from 12.1 in the year to September 2013 to 12.7 a year later. Litter sizes also increased outdoors, from 11.0 to 11.3 born alive.

Feed efficiency in the rearing herd also improved, with the average FCR falling from 1.75 in the year to September 2013 to 1.60 in the 12 months ending this September. The rate of weight gain during this stage was little changed on recent periods, at a fraction under 500g/day. Feed conversion in the finishing herd was also similar to a year earlier but was slightly worse than in more recent quarters, partly due to the heavier finished weights over the last year. FCR in the finishing herd (from 35kg to finish) averaged 2.74 over the year to September, compared with 2.78 in the previous 12 months. In addition, daily weight gain was slightly higher, at 828g/day. Overall, this meant that the amount of feed used to produce each pig, taking account of sow feed as well as rearer and finisher feed, was little changed on recent quarters.