Changes in the Pork Industry during the last three years have been significant. Most notably among them are record high feed costs that, in turn, drove feed efficiency to the forefront of most producers’ thoughts when considering genetics. Additionally, recent PEDv challenges have forced system operators to examine every sector of production to maximize throughput and keep pigs healthy and alive. These events have resulted in a more in-depth look at piglet quality and pre-wean mortality issues.
Achieving large litters of pigs is one thing, but the demand to get all of those piglets weaned, and through the system and marketed as full-value market hogs is another.
Achieving full-value market hogs puts more pressure on management systems to improve. The questions operators must ask themselves are, “What can genetics do to help this full-value market goal?” and “What genetic components are economically important in my system today to reach that goal?”
Average daily gain and its effect on the time each pig spends on the finishing floor is a very important genetic component. You must maximize throughput of your production system. Several documented studies have shown that one day in the finisher is worth $.12 per market hog on average.
Waldo Genetics participated in several trials in 2013-2014 with reports of finishing closeout ADG above 2.0 pounds per day. In some cases, Waldo Genetics sired pigs left the finishing floor as much as an entire week faster.
Piglet quality is becoming an increasingly economically relevant trait. Several research projects have shown that larger, more uniform pigs at birth have a significantly higher value to the system.
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