Feed wastage: Reducing a hidden cost

Feed wastage is notoriously difficult to measure despite existing in the majority of farming systems. Where studies have measured feed wastage, it is not unusual for an amount of 2 – 10% to be recorded.

At the lower 2% figure for feed wastage, this wastage equates to 30 tons of feed per annum for a 250 sow to finish unit. In the midst of the current high feed costs, reducing the hidden cost of feed wastage should be a routine objective for any farm wanting to maximize feed efficiency and farm profit. This article covers some important factors when considering reducing the hidden cost of feed wastage.
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The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.