British pig breeding company ACMC has invested more than 100,000 pounds to add 10 Feed Intake Recording Equipment (FIRE) stations, the firm said at this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair. The increase from 40 to 50 stations enables individual performance testing of breeding animals at nucleus level. The new equipment will allow testing of around 4,000 boars and 1,800 gilts per year.
ACMC technical director Ed Sutcliffe said pig producers can continue to expect large improvements in efficiency from advances in genetics. Progress will be maintained by breeders in improving the key traits including numbers born alive, growth rate and feed conversion efficiency.