• Harbro Index of Pig Performance (HIPP) allows producers to benchmark their performance and improve efficiency

    26 Feb 2020

    Although the UK pig industry is renowned for its use of data in striving for improvements in performance and efficiency, for some producers the amount of data can seem quite overbearing. The broiler sector widely use the European Production Efficiency Factor (EPEF) formula to assess efficiency but for pigs there is not an equivalent industry standard. Working in partnership with pig producers...

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  • Tropper mixed diets reduce aggression and increase performance

    4 Feb 2020

    Link between pellets and gastric ulceration An increasing body of research has shown a link between finely milled feed found in some meals and pellets and an increased risk of gastric ulceration. Gastric ulceration can lead to reduced intakes and reduced growth. It has also been linked to increased instances of tail biting and aggression which is likely to be as result of pain or discomfort....

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  • Targeted nutrition reduces the cost of production

    18 Feb 2019

    With the growing pressures inherent within today’s pig industry, never has it been more important to optimise efficiencies on farm, as we attempt to improve production at the same time as promoting the health and well-being of our livestock. In order to improve efficiency, we first of all need to have a clear understanding of current performance; and the pig industry already has a good history...

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  • Tailored rations deliver success at Kenniford

    30 Oct 2018

    Andrew Freemantle, along with his wife, Liz and young family run Kenniford Farm in Devon, a high welfare pig farm that has been operating for the past 25 years. After leaving agricultural college, Andrew worked as harvest help on a pig farm before the family purchased the current site at Kenniford in 1993. The ex-dairy farm was bought as part of an initiative to encourage new entrants to the in...

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  • Precision feeding for pig success

    28 Aug 2018

    Husband and wife team, Stephen and Karen Thompson run Povey Farm in Norton, Derbyshire, on the outskirts of Sheffield. They run a 190 sow breeding herd and are fourth generation farmers on the site which has been in the family since the close of the nineteenth century. They run a split operation at Povey, with Stephen in charge of the arable operation and on-farm butchery and Karen managing the...

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