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Improving efficiency and cost of production. The Profit Equation. PROFIT = PRICE – COP (( Feed Price x HFC ) +(Other costs) ) x Volume (pigs sold x weight). Pig Price. Profit over 14 years ($/sow) based on APL Pig stats and Pig Annual. Comparative costs (Euro/kg carcass weight).

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The profit equation
The Profit Equation

  • PROFIT = PRICE – COP ((FeedPrice x HFC ) +(Other costs) ) x Volume (pigs sold x weight)






Core program areas
Core program areas Annual

  • More reliable and lower cost energy and protein supply

  • Herd feed conversion efficiency

  • Functional pork products

  • Education and training


A shared vision… Annual

Core Participants

University of Sydney

Supporting Participants

Grainsearch Pty Ltd

WAAPC – Pork Producers Committee

Bartlett Grains Pty Ltd

Australasian Pig

Science Association



HFC Annual

  • Currently averages 4.2 on a carcass weight basis for Australia (APL Pig Annual 2004).

  • USA average closer to 3.7

  • Rather scary when feed costs 27 cents/kg.


Causes
Causes? Annual

  • Genetics?

  • Wastage?

  • Poor health ?

  • Low energy diets?

  • Light selling weights?

  • Reproduction

  • Tell me?


Effects of dietary energy fat
Effects of dietary energy -Fat Annual

  • Potential to get added effect on feed efficiency

  • Reduce total feed delivered

  • Enhance performance in commercial situations

  • Reduce grain usage

  • Flexibility


Australian information
Australian Information Annual

  • Results of experiment with boars and gilts reported by Henman etal in 1999.

  • Five levels of DE (calculated) ranging from 12.0 to 15.2 MJ/kg.

  • Animals housed in groups of 10 in commercial-type barn.

  • Duration of 42 days starting at 63 kg.






Effects of genetics
Effects of genetics starting at 60 kg.

  • Comparison of gilts from two genetic lines.

  • Results from the USA.

  • Pigs compared on the same diets in the same facility.






Improving feed efficiency
Improving Feed Efficiency starting at 60 kg.

  • We haven’t begun to get serious about FE?

  • Potential to dramatically reduce feed usage if willing to try different approaches.

  • Need to understand the constraints and some may be inherent in our animals and systems.

  • An exciting area, I look forward to working on with our partners and Australian producers.


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