April 2005 Blueprint Focus - Maximizing Throughput

 

The challenges of maximizing pig flow and profits are addressed in this 40th edition of the Blueprint series published by National Hog Farmer.
 
In the overview article, University of Nebraska Extension Swine Specialist Mike Brumm writes about the balancing act of matching production with facilities, and the problems presented by the lack of flexibility in dealing with variation. 
 
North Carolina State University Professor and Swine Commodity Coordinator Todd See suggests ways to establish and achieve reproductive goals and maximize litters/ female. 
 
Joining a weaned-pig sow center instead of breeding sows and moving to a later weaning schedule are two ways to optimize growth, says Illinois swine veterinarian William Hollis, Carthage (IL) Veterinary Service. He describes two options for farrowing crate utilization, the impact of average daily gain and variation in auto-sort systems. 
 
In the final article, University of Minnesota Swine Center Director John Deen, DVM, closes the throughput discussion by exploring the impact of pig variation on all production phases.

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