G2509, Reviewed October 1993
This publication highlights some of the major swine management techniques producers should periodically check.
One aspect of good management is setting goals. This requires a record system adequate to determine your current position and to document whether you make improvements toward achieving those goals.
Goals vary with each producer. Matching what the top 10 percent producers are able to do might be one of your long-range goals. This goal requires you to invest more time, money and resources. It is the level you aim to achieve in perhaps five years. An intermediate goal could be a 10 percent improvement over present conditions in designated production areas. This goal puts you in a position to help you achieve a long-range goal.
A swine producer who masters the art of good management has excellent profit opportunities. This is especially true with disease prevention and control.
A healthy herd of good-growing, quality breeding animals — adequately fed and housed — provides maximum profit opportunities for the owner who does not over-spend for facilities and/or feed.
Example of goals
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