[ASC-media] Pork CRC Ponders Pig Feed Efficiency Flaws: Pork CRC Media Release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Tue Jan 23 22:03:07 PST 2018

Pork CRC Media Release -- January 24, 2018

Pork CRC Ponders Pig Feed Efficiency Flaws


In his latest report to stakeholders, CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork
CEO, Roger Campbell, said Australian pork producers were making good
progress in reproduction and they matched their overseas competitors for
herd feed efficiency, but they came a long way last in volume, or kilogram
carcass weight sold per sow, per year.


"The latter is reflected in Australia's much higher costs, other than feed,
than our global competitors and this must be addressed through better sow
productivity and potentially heavier carcass weights," he said.


Dr Campbell acknowledged that the issue of heavier weights was market driven
and largely up to individual businesses working with their customers. 


While Pork CRC research had positively impacted born alive and number
weaned, he expected further enhancements through Australasian Pork Research
Institute Limited (APRIL), which had now called for research proposals to
markedly enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Australasian
pork industry. 


That APRIL call closes February 16, with successful projects expected to
begin July 1.


Dr Campbell said Australian pork producers were competitive for feed
efficiency, but it was a key performance indicator that unfortunately had
remained static for some time and was well below the capability of available


For example, the average feed: gain between weaning and sale for producers
in Pork CRC's benchmarking project was 2.4 The desired target was 2.0 from
wean to sale. 


In a commercial study on grind size (Pork CRC Project 4B-121), nutritionist
Tony Edwards reported an average feed: gain of 2.38 across three studies,
using female pigs between 38 and 97 kg. 


In earlier work on lysine requirements of modern genotypes at WA's Medina
Research Station, Dr Bruce Mullan and his DAFWA colleagues reported feed:
gain values for 50 to 100 kg group housed female and male pigs of 2.55 and
2.25 respectively. 


"Recognising we are missing out on a lot of the pig's potential, we need to
determine the major factors robbing us of feed efficiency in commercial
herds. That could be what's fed and how it's fed, or pigs per unit of air
space," Dr Campbell concluded.


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Brendon Cant, Pork CRC Communications Manager, Mob 0417 930 536.

<mailto:roger.campbell at porkcrc.com.au?subject=Media%20Release> Dr Roger
Campbell, Pork CRC CEO, Mob 0407 774 714.


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