10 May 2002

JUSTGOTOTHEFAIR…

It would be easy to be gloomy about pig production prospects, particularly because of the plethora of proposed EU regulations and wasting diseases still plaguing the industry.

However, a visit to the Pig and Poultry Fair may be the best thing you can do for your business this year and it will also provide a much needed social boost for embattled producers.

This Update hopes to provide some optimistic, yet realistic, pointers for producers looking to move forward.

The government is finally listening to concerns over producer returns, EU welfare regulations and illegal imports. There are also finishing contracts available, which when carefully scrutinised, could provide some stability in the pig market.

On a more practical note, we look at the positive impact which well-trained and motivated staff can have on a unit – it can make or break it. As can inadequate management at weaning time, which when done well can prevent the dreaded PMWS from taking hold and avoid checks on growth.

As every penny spent becomes more important, this Update covers computer software predictions, which is the latest way to improve margins.

CONTENTS

Curry report reaction 3

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Contracts for a stable future 4

Staff training 6

Move to breeding replacements 7

Managing weaners to avoid PMWS 9

Computer profiling boost to profit 10

Closer to the customer 12

Research updates 14

Carcass incinerator guide 16

Pig and Poultry Fair timetable 18

Curry Report reaction 3

Contracts for a stable future 4

Staff training 6

Move to breeding replacements 7

Managing weaners to avoid PMWS 9

Computer profiling boost to profit 10

Closer to the customer 12

Research updates 14

Carcass incinerator guide 16

Pig and Poultry Fair timetable 20

Edited by Hannah Velten