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UK farm achieves eight pig per sow gain in three years

Staff writer |
A 240-sow breeding and finishing unit which started off with a production level of 22 pigs/sow/annum was successfully transformed over a three-year period to an output of 29.92 pigs/sow/annum.

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The transformation is featured as one of seven feed case studies, newly published by the Feed Adviser Register (FAR).

The study quotes independent feed adviser, Alan Ford, and Trouw Nutrition feed specialist, Dr Sian Nichols, both FAR members, who worked together with the unnamed producer.

While Dr Nichols provided knowledge transfer input, drawing on research and development results from around the world, Mr Ford provided “hands-on advice” on feed issues, commenting that working with “enthusiastic producers who are willing to try new techniques is one of the keys to success”.

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