Dr. Aaron J. Lower - Staying Proactive in a Down Market

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Published on July 8, 2015

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1. Staying Proactive in a Down Market BIVI World Pork Expo Media Conference Aaron J. Lower, DVM [email protected] Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

2. Cost of Production – Wean to Finish Metafarms - 2014 2 • Health costs are a top 5 cost but only 1.7% • Focus on • Feed cost • Wean pig cost • Facility cost

3. Key cost relationships Decrease cost $0.25/bushel and SBM $20/ton – 2.2% decrease in finishing mortality – 0.17 decrease in feed efficiency • 0.50 increase P/S/Y = 1% decrease in finishing livability • 1% improvement in finishing livability = 0.05 FCR 3 Dealing With The High Cost of Feed In Commercial Pig Production - Dr. Steve Pollman, Murphy Brown, from the 2012 Boehringer Ingelheim Mile High Swine Health Seminar, March 6, 2012, Denver CO, USA.

4. Key Cost Relationships • Key controllable areas – Wean pig flow • Health, Age, Throughput – Monitor key inputs proactively • Pre-fill inspection • Standard visit • Weekly mortality and closeouts – Feed processing • Particle size, Pellet quality – Feeding program implementation – feeders, budget, interruptions – Health – diagnostics and mortality 4 Dr. Steve Pollman, March 6, 2012, Denver CO, USA. Focus on: 1. Livability 2. Growth Rate 3. Number Weaned

5. Grow-Finish Economic Impact of PRRS 5 Pigs placed April 2011 through April 2012 Data Neg Pos Difference Average of DL 2.14% 5.47% 3.33% 1.33$ % DL ($120/pig value) 4.42$ Average of Culls 2.66% 4.83% 2.17% 0.56$ % Cull (70% of FVP - $185) 1.21$ Average of ADG 1.92 1.80 -0.12 0.11$ per day 1.01$ Average of F/G 2.58 2.70 0.12 0.14$ per lb 4.37$ 11.01$ Total Head 143,375 48,325 532,218$ PRRS Value

6. Grow-Finish PRRS – Managing Variation 6 Unpredictable spikes in mortality due to PRRS

7. Grow-Finish PRRS – Managing Variation 7 Unpredictable spikes in mortality due to PRRS

8. Can you partial dose? • It Depends!! – Risk tolerance – Relatively low cost – ROI? – Co-infections – Potential for variation – Loss of company support 8

9. “White Glove” Inspection 9 Site:____________________ Date:____________________ Inspector:______________________________ Office Yes No Equipment Yes No Shower Room Clean Pulse Vests Clean Clothes Clean, Folded, & Organized Pulse Units Clean Refrigerators Clean & Organized CO2 Bottles/Air Compressors Clean Office Floor Clean Bolt Guns/Euthanasia Boxes Clean Office Area Clean & Organized Medicine Bottles/Coolers Clean Aux. Storage Areas Clean & Organized Site Tools Clean Portable Restrooms Swept/Disinfected Sort Boards Clean Marker Spray Cans Clean Barns (Evaluate at least 1) Yes No Old Marking Chalk Disposed Of Slats Clean (Side of Slat) Load Out Boards Clean Cracks Clean Snares & Dead Carts Clean Feeders Clean, Water Out Shaker Cans Clean Water/Feed Lines/Feed Tubes Clean Boots Clean Heaters Clean Ledges Clean Site Yes No Penning, Gates, & Feet Clean Boot Rack Area Clean Controllers Wiped Clean Stoops/Chutes Clean Outside Trash Disposed OF Feed Pads Clean Pickups Clean Dead Equipment Clean Generator/Storage Shed(s) Clean Comments: Maintenance Issues: Nursery/Finisher Site Cleanup Inspection List

10. Facility cost • $19.05/pig – 10.9% of total cost – Throughput – sow farm flow, purchase pigs – Double stock – Barn downtime – Fill time – Marketing time 10

11. Marketing 11

12. Proactively Managing a Downturn Focus on: 1. Livability a) Vaccination b) Diagnostics 2. Growth Rate a) Feeders, particle size, interruptions 3. Number Weaned a) Maximize sow farm efficiencies b) Wean age c) Throughput of finisher barns – space cost Focus on top 3 costs: 1. Feed cost 2. Wean pig cost 3. Facility cost 12

13. Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd

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