Pig finishing units have been challenged to see how far they can improve production by October this year.

The 2TS Finisher Challenge starts has started and producers interested in taking part need to contact BPEX to say they are ready to go for it.

The BPEX knowledge transfer (KT) team will help producers identify areas of “lost potential” and find ways to fine tune their system. It does not matter what type of finishing system or what the starting point is – the challenge is open to all finishing and contract finishing pig units in England.

The goal of the challenge is to improve performance in the growing pig herd to help the industry reach the two-tonne sow target and increase profitability, said BPEX KT manager Lis Ravn said:

“We know that, with an improved focus and often small management changes, a big difference in production can be made. We’ll be providing support throughout the challenge, particularly with performance data records and how to make best use of them.

“We’d like pig finishers to get in touch as quickly as possible – we’re excited to see what can be achieved by October 2012. There will also be prizes for ‘most improved production.”