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Pigs: Action for Productivity No 11: Increasing Uniformity of Finished Pigs

Methods for understanding measuring and controlling uniformity in pigs

Year of Publication2007

Variation occurs for many reasons: season, management, nutrition, feeding strategy, genotype, environment, gender and health. It is important that the effort and resources put into producing finished pigs are not wasted at the final stage and that uniformity among pigs being sent to slaughter is maximised. Key areas covered are methods for establishing how uniform pigs are, setting targets, weighing guidelines, weight watcher pens, gender nutrition and feeding, grading results, genotype, environment and health. A simple table for implementing a uniformity measurement system is provided.

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Representing pig levy payers in England.

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