Indoor breeders drive productivity growth
Latest physical performance data show a further improvement in GB breeding herd performance overall, although outdoor productivity was slightly lower. Performance also improved somewhat in the feeding herd over the last year.
Latest physical performance data from Agrosoft show a further improvement in GB breeding herd performance overall, with the number of pigs weaned per sow per year averaging 23.6 in the year to June 2014. This was up from the 22.9 recorded in the previous 12 months, although a change in methodology means the figures are not directly comparable. The increase was driven by indoor producers, who weaned an average of 25.6 pigs, up by 1.5 on a year earlier. Improvements were recorded for each of the key measures contributing to the average: litters per sow per year, piglets born alive per litter and pre-weaning mortality.
In contrast, overall productivity of outdoor producers was actually slightly lower than in the year to June 2013, averaging 21.6. A slight improvement in the number born alive per litter was offset by higher mortality rates and a small drop in litters per sow.
Performance also improved somewhat in the feeding herd over the last year, according to the data. The feed conversion ratio in the rearing stage was marginally better at 1.73 but there was a faster improvement in the finishing herd, where the FCR was down from 2.81 in the year to June 2013 to 2.66 in the following 12 months. Daily weight gain was higher than a year earlier in the rearing herd, up from 488g to 511g/day, with little change in the finishing herd, at just under 800g/day.
More detailed figures for these and other physical performance indicators can be accessed through the BPEX website, by clicking here.