English pig producers take '2-tonne sow' challenge
Producers look at improving feeding systems, weighing strategies, overall performance
An increasing number of pig producers in England are stepping up to take the "2-tonne sow" finisher challenge, the aim of which is to encourage rearing herd producers to look closer at their performance records, use them as a management tool and then work on improving productivity.
Any producer — from contract finisher or breeder to finish units — can join in and the level of involvement is up to the individual. Most producers so far have wanted to look at improving feeding systems and implement weighing strategies. But some simply want another pair of eyes to look at their figures and production systems to help them monitor general performance.