+2.55 pig weaned in North America

+2.55 pig weaned in North America

The annual reproduction benchmarking of Swine Management Systems (SMS) demonstrates that producers with Topigs Norsvin sows wean +2.55 pigs per year more than the SMS average. The SMS data further revealed a lower sow death loss for Topigs Norsvin producers; 3.5% below the average. These data confirm the highly productive and robust nature of Topigs Norsvin females.

This year’s benchmark is the first to include performance data from Topigs Norsvin’s newest parent female, the TN70. Introduced last year, more and more data of the TN70 is now included in the SMS benchmark. Thus, data for the most recent quarter in the SMS benchmark demonstrates an even greater reproductive advantage of +2.70 pigs weaned per year for Topigs Norsvin females and greater differentiation in terms of sow death loss (4.4% below the average).

“The TN70 is clearly having a positive impact for our customers,” notes Mike Terrill, President and CEO, Topigs Norsvin USA, “This data mirrors the feedback we have received from customers regarding improvements in reproductive performance and sow death loss. Additionally, they report improvements in both finisher performance and carcass cut-outs.”

The Swine Management Systems (SMS) database includes data from 982 farms and 1,735,000 sows throughout the USA and Canada. For the 2015/2016 benchmarking, the list of participating Topigs Norsvin customers has grown to include 95 farms and 106,000 sows.

Table: Topigs Norsvin females compared with industry average

Q3, 2015 – Q2, 2016
Q2, 2016
# farms # sows pigs weaned/mated female sow death loss pigs weaned/mated female sow death loss
SMS 982 1,735,000 25.24 9.6% 25.64 10.1%
Topigs Norsvin 95 106,000 27.79 6.1% 28.34 5.7%
Advantage +2.55 -3.5% +2.70 -4.4%

Source:  Swine Management Systems Benchmark 2015/2016

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