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Livestock Production
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 2:37:17 PM
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Evaluating your swine enterprise

 
William G Luce

 

 

Superior management of each phase of a swine operation is essential if maximum profits are to be realized. Poor management can result in minimal profits or an actual loss even during periods of high hog prices.

 

For instance, the profit potential a producer might realize from large litters, heavy weaning weights, or large numbers of pigs weaned can be lost through inefficient feed utilization, low rate of gain, or inferior

carcass merit in the marketed hogs.

 

All too often, a pork producer merely knows that a problem exists, but doesn't know where it is or how serious it is.

 

This fact sheet presents a list of "performance standards" that producers can use to check their management practices for potential problems and a series of questions to pinpoint solutions to these problems.

 

The article helpfully lists eleven measures of operator performance that reflect management ability. For each measure, three levels of performance are given (excellent, average, and poor), plus a space to record your results.

 

The article also includes a brief discussion of each performance standard, what it measures, and how it's

calculated.

 

At the end is a list of more than 50 questions which would help producers judge the health of their enterprise.

   

 

For more of the article, please click here

 

Article made possible through the contribution of the Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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