Productivity growth driven by outdoor breeders

The latest physical performance data from Agrosoft shows an improvement in the overall GB breeding herd performance.

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The number of pigs weaned per sow per year averaged 26.1 in the year to June 2019. This was a record high, indicating that the herd has now bounced back from the more difficult conditions experienced throughout much of 2018.

Outdoor producers, who weaned an average of 24.1 pigs weaned (+0.5 year-on-year), drove the increase. Improvements were recorded for each of the key measures contributing to numbers weaned: litters per sow per year, piglets born alive and pre-weaning mortality.

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In contrast, the overall productivity of indoor producers was actually still slightly lower in the year to June 2019, averaging under 27.5. Higher mortality rates and a drop-in litters per sow offset an improvement in the number born alive.

AHDB senior analyst Bethan Wilkins said: “The improvement in breeding herd performance over the past year knocked about 0.4p/kg off the average cost of pig production.”

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