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Mike Yacentiuk - Swine Specialist, MAFRI
The table below has been prepared to serve as a guide when calculating total production costs. To more accurately reflect the true costs of your swine operation, values specific to that operation should be substituted for those provided. All swine production units should attempt to calculate their production costs and subsequently the breakeven price. The breakeven price can be used to assist with decisions regarding forward pricing of pigs.
Feed accounts for the largest portion of total production costs comprising 61.9% and 43.2% of the farrow/finish and farrow/feeder units respectively. The feeder pigs at 43.9% of total cost is the largest cost in a grower/finisher barn.
FARROW/FEEDER (20 KG)
(Per Pig Sold)
When attempting to improve the profitability of a swine operation, attention should be focused on two main areas:
Of course when contemplating any changes, the financial impact of those decisions will have to be weighted against the savings or expenses incurred.