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Balancing feed conversion and weight gain

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New analysis looks at the relationship between FCR and daily weight gains.

The increased performance of the GB pig herd in the last year was driven more by improvements with the feeding herd than the breeding herd.Certain key performance indicators for the rearing and finishing herds, such as the feed conversion ratio (FCR), improved in the year to June 2015 compared to the previous year. For the finishing herd, the FCR decreased by 3% from 2.66 to 2.58 with the rearing herd recording a more modest decrease of 1% year on year, to 1.71. However, a better FCR can come at the expense of daily weight gains.

New analysis, looking at the relationship between FCR and weight gain, can be found by clicking here.