Basic Pig Biology

B the f inishing industr y her e the ma nger pur c ha

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Unformatted text preview: jec tions. b) The F inishing Industr y: Her e the ma nger pur c ha ses feeder pigs a t 40- 50 lbs a nd gr ows them out to ma r ket weight a t 220 lbs. The goa l is to shoot for a feed: ga in r a tio of less tha n 3: 1. Most diets a r e c or n, soybea n ba sed, but ba r ley is inc r ea singly popula r in wester n sta tes. The fa r r ow- to- finish industr y, a gr owing segment of the pig business, is a c ombina tion of the two a nd r equir es exper t ma na gement a nd business skills. c ) The Pur ebr ed Industr y: Like beef c a ttle, most c ommer c ia l pr oduc er s use some for m of c r oss- br eeding (this ma ximiz es fer tility a nd r epr oduc tive tr a its, the most impor ta nt tr a its when you’ r e in the feeder pig business. Cr ossbr eeding is usua lly a c c omplished by using differ ent br eeds of pur ebr ed boa r s on c r ossbr ed sows. The pur ebr ed industr y is, like it’ s c ounter pa r t in beef, a business tha t a lso gener a tes a n inc ome fr om the sa le of boa r s a nd/or semen, r a ther tha n fr om feeder pigs a lone. d) B a sic F eed F or mula tion Ra tion: Per iod Pr otein Per c ent Da ily Inta ke B ir th - Wea ning Sta r ter : B ir th - 40 lb 18 F r ee Choic e Wea n - Ma r ket Gr ower : 40 - 120 lb 16 F ull F eed Wea n - Ma r ket F inisher : 120 - 210 lb 14 F ull F eed B r eeding Her d Gesta tion: Wea n - F a r r ow 14 5 lb/da y B r eeding Her d La c ta tion: F a r r ow - Wea n 16 12 lb to F ull B r eeding Her d B oa r 14 6 lb/da y Cla ss F r ee Choic e - Piglet ha s the c hoic e of feed or Mother ' s Milk F ull F eed - F eed a s muc h of the diet a s the pigs wa nt D . B r e e ds o f P i g ( B r e e ds W e b s i t e ) B r eeding Objec tives: Two tr a its r ec eive the most a ttention: fer tility a nd lea nness. F er tility by those in the feeder pig industr y, looking to ma ximiz e the number of pigs they c a n sell per sow per yea r . Lea nness is...
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