We operate in a scientific industry. But when it comes to pigs, it’s about the basics.
I recently attended a trade show in England and worked with JSR promoting a new female line crossing the Waldo White Duroc with the JSR Landrace. The female is designed to be stronger and more robust for outdoor systems. The first females will be delivered soon. I’m told they look decidedly different. I’m confident they will perform decidedly better.
England frequently sells directly to a butcher system rather than larger packer and care highly about meat quality. That is what will keep people coming back to the meat case for pork.
Great tasting meat is our business and we should never forget it.
I then traveled to China to meet with partners and work in America’s Best Genetics (ABG) booth in Qingdao. It was a huge show attended by thousands.
You might think this has nothing to do with you. It is so different in China relating is difficult, but, surprisingly, you can.
It’s called the basics.
The keys to profitability and supplying excellent meat for the consumer are exactly the same no matter what country they are in. Farrow the optimal number of thriving pigs that grow easily and quickly to market weight. Feed sows adequately, breed consistently, be attentive farrowing, keep accurate records and provide the best environment for pigs to thrive. Then you will be able to sell the highest quality in the highest value percentage possible.
The swine industry is more alike than different all around the globe. Sometimes trying to reinvent the wheel is not the best thing to do. Practice the basics. From breeding to finishing, each step of the production cycle and should be followed rigorously. Attention to details will yield results and more revenue.
It is all about the basics.
Breeding. Farrowing. Weaning. Finishing.
When they aren’t done well, the production suffers. Those four basic steps can be amazingly complicated. Part of our technical expertise and support at Waldo Genetics is identifying areas that can improve and working with you to find solutions. A wide variety of science can be thrown into the mix and we utilize any science needed. But the best place to start is at the very beginning.
What is the best basic change you made to improve your production?