The pig industry carries more uncertainty than in previous years, with higher volatility particularly in relation to inputs. Feed cost is a major component of producing pork, so price of feed ingredients is a key element of profitability.
Environmental issues associated with animal production, and the disposal of manure, are becoming more regulated and compliance with environmental regulations is increasingly playing a larger role in total pig production costs.
status and uniformity
Maintaining optimal health and uniformity in pigs is a major challenge to overcome in the quest to maximise the number of pigs reaching market weight in the most cost-efficient way.