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Webinar Series from
National Pork Board

This month the National Pork Board is hosting a webinar series each Tuesday focused on pig survivability.  You can register for the sessions here.  They are also recorded and available for viewing later as well.
So much to do!
There is no doubt you have a lot on your plate and never enough hours to get it all done, especially those things that you might not enjoy doing.  Reviewing the production records is often one of those things that gets pushed off and for many reasons.  When pushing off the review problems can become bigger and certainly, the actions needed to remedy them are delayed, resulting in potential lost income. That is why we created programs to help producers reduce the amount of time it takes to review the records, see the opportunities for improvements as well as the strengths of the farm.  To help them share the production results with team members in an easy to read format and provide the needed scorecard for growth and celebration.

Farm Analysis Program

There are more and more farms that are not breeding repeats but for those that are it is important to understand how quickly those females are being rebred.  In the Analysis reports, the report on Days to 1st repeat service are assessed, breaking it out by parity as well as different time frames, are they regular repeats or irregular?  The example below shows that on average for the 26 week time period it took 40.1 days for them to be rebred and only 33.4% rebred by day 26.  Targets are set for farms based on their performance and what is achievable but ideally would like to see this at less than 30 days for 1st repeat service and more than 60% of them rebred by day 26.  
Growing Pig Program
The desire for team members to take more ownership in their duties is something most strive for.  Do share with them things that lead to an ownership mentality? Sharing financial information is highly impactful for most team members.  If you aren't ready to share actual financials maybe the first step should be sharing modeled data.    The Growing Pig Program models data with the primary purpose to allow comparison of closeout performance over a period of time but it could provide that first step for you to share financial information with your team members.  The Growing Pig Program models the financial impact of the 4 things that the caretaker can impact, death loss, culls and lightweight pigs, average daily gain and adjusted feed conversion.  
For more information about our services you can contact Valerie at 812-430-5969 or email her at or Ron at 420-727-6600 or email him at 
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