Pig Champ is a major swine production recording system in the United States. In 2020 they had data from 365 farms which they put in a benchmarking database. Below is the change in Pig Champ Sow Mortality Mean Average for 2020 and prior years.
It’s obvious the increase in industry sow mortality. This is an issue for profitability and animal welfare. This increase in our opinion is from the deterioration of proper phenotype selection by some Genetic Companies. Genesus believes you need to select for high productivity but also for robust physical characteristics. The proof is in the results.
Mean 365 Herds
Mean 49 Herds
Big Difference. Recent industry analysis has indicated sow mortality loss revenue is over $1,000 per sow in production. This leads to an obvious economic advantage to lower mortality. Sounder sows also bring higher cull salvage value (less or no boners). More robust sows also are more user-friendly for stock people. On top of these points – dead sows don’t produce pigs.
Bottomline Genesus has lower sow mortality which leads to more profit.
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