TOPIGS piglets had an average mortality rate of 11.9%, compared to 12.1% in 2009 and 2008.
Pig farms with TOPIGS sows weaned an average of 28.1 piglets per sow in 2010, according to results from a sow management system linked to TOPIGS.
Data was gathered from 748 Dutch farms with a total of nearly 337,000 sows. The top 10% of farms achieved 30.9 weaned piglets per sow per year. At the same time, mortality of the piglets has fallen slightly and the average piglet mortality is 11.9%, down from both 2009 and 2008 (12.1%). For the top 10% of farms the mortality rate was 10.4%.
Ninety farms (12% of the total) weaned more than 30 piglets per sow per year. The best farm weaned 33.3 piglets per sow per year.
Company making US$96.66 million investment in growth plan
Smithfield Dry Seasoned Ribs can be prepared in less than two hours
Aurora Foods has purchased a pork processing plant in Santa Catarina from Chapecó Foods, while BRF is investing in its facilities in Mato Grosso
Longer-term forecasts suggest China will contribute the greatest share of the increase in global pork production but over the coming year, the country is expected to satisfy growing demand from imports
Russia’s ban on imports of pork from selected countries is leading to challenging conditions in the European Union.
Regulators to be reviewing proposed merger within days
Sen. Chuck Grassley concerned that acquisition will increase concentration and decrease competition in the US pork industry
Pig farmers in England have registered improvements in productivity over the last year but performance levels lag behind its European Union competitors by most measures
The benefits of all-in, all-out systems have been well-documented in terms of health and biosecurity. However, there are downsides in terms of practical and economic management.
May pork export totals 2 percent lower than they were in May 2014
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