Management of Swine Not Using Antibiotics for Niche Production

David Stender, Swine Field Specialist, Northwest Area

Niche producers typically are prohibited from the use of cost saving technologies in order to receive a premium price.  No documentation exists verifying that the premium covers the potential extra cost in a niche market system.  I have been working on developing a niche swine production handbook.  Over the past year, I have made presentations regarding the handbook to over 500 niche producers.  After a year of such trainings a follow-up survey was given to over 75 niche producers to find out if changes were actually adopted as return of the trainings over the past year, 29 surveys were returned and summarized.
As a result of a niche production presentation the following changes in swine niche operations have been documented in post meeting follow-up survey:

Out of 29 respondents the following have stated that they made changes as result of information received: The values of the changes are reported:
Thirteen out of twenty-nine estimated a value to their operation. These are small operations averaging about 20 sows farrow to finish. Ninety two percent estimated the value at $500 or over. The value of benefit sited by these sample 13 operations totaled $27,375.

April 6, 2006
108 - Iowa Pork Industry Center

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