University of Missouri Extension

G2509, Reviewed October 1993

Swine Management Check Sheet

John C. Rea and Ronald O. Bates
Department of Animal Sciences

This publication highlights some of the major swine management techniques producers should periodically check.

Setting goals

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.

Profitability factor

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.

Helpful hints

Keep herd healthy

Wean large litters

Reduce feed cost

Produce quality

Example of goals

Pigs weaned per litter 8.5
Pigs per sow per year 18.0
Litters per sow per year 2.1
Total herd feed efficiency 3.6
Hogs sold @ 230 pounds weight 6 months of age 80 percent
Hogs getting carcass premium 80 percent

Swine check sheet

Prebreeding

Breeding

Gestation

Farrowing

Postweaning to 100 to 125 pounds

100 to 125 pounds to market

 

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