Calculator for pigs launched

A breeding herd calculator has been developed for pig farmers to help them work out how changing aspects of their farm will affect other areas.

It has been developed by the British Pig Executive (BPEX), and has been designed to complement the feeding herd calculator, which was launched on the BPEX website a few weeks ago. It allows farmers to estimate the effects of changes in sow productivity, feed and other costs on the net margin per weaner pig sold on for growing and finishing.

At times of high feed costs the calculator is a tool that can be used to estimate reductions in losses through improved sow productivity and lower costs.

The calculator was developed by Dr Pinder Gill, BPEX pig technical manager, who said: "This is an important tool which can help producers make management decisions about their unit.

"It gives them an idea of what will happen when changes are made and will help the producer, in conjunction with advisors, find the best way forward taking into account market and other conditions."