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Russell Gilliam

Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager, Alltech,


The future of pig production by 2025 is 2:1 feed conversion

Is it possible to achieve such dramatic reduction in feed conversion ratio by 2025? Yes, if we identify the causes that do not allow commercially raised pigs to reach their full genetic potential.
Imagine what could be achieved in pig production with 1.4 million tons of extra pig feed globally. That's the impact a 0.01 reduction in feed conversion rate would have on the industry.  The pig industry already has made a gradual genetic improvement over time on feed conversion rates: 6:1, 4:1, 3:1 and now 2.7:1.
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