How to Reduce Pig Cost of Production
Let’s face it: raising profitable pigs is hard work. Optimizing your bottom line while staying competitive is a challenge on its own, but add fluctuating feed costs, new regulations and an unpredictable market to the mix and the task can feel daunting. In addition, supply chain disruptions have further exacerbated the need for producers to minimize losses, with many hoping to just break-even to keep their farms afloat. Whether we are in challenging or prosperous times, lowering the cost of production is important because every pig producer is looking for ways to maintain their farm’s profitability and ensure their farms’ future for years to come. Three strategies for reducing your pig cost of production Feed costs represent the biggest input for producers, often accounting for up to 70% of production costs. It is imperative for pig producers to adapt their feed strategy to maximize feed efficiency. Here are three ways to reduce production costs without impacting your herd’s performance.
- Reducing feed costs for pigs
- Make more nutrients available for the pig to absorb.
- Improve performance, allowing producers to send animals to market faster.
- Lower feed costs.
- Improving pig efficiency, starting with the sow
- Improving water consumption
- Reduces water pH and keeps it in a more favorable range (<5 pH).
- Sweetens the taste of water, helping young pigs more inclined to readily drink water.
- Improves water intake, which, in turn, improves the pig’s ability to digest feed.
- Leads to better enzymatic activity.