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Pork CRC’s National Performance Benchmarking Program

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The national performance benchmarking program initiated by Australia’s Pork CRC (Pork Cooperative Research Centre) has helped experienced pig nutritionist Geoff Handley of Highspec Rural Services enhance production levels in most of the Queensland farms where he offers consultation services.  

Highspec Rural Services provides nutrition and business services to the pork industry in Queensland and believes in linking farm performance output to feed and management practices in order to achieve best practice and output from each of these farms.  

Mr Handley explains that pork farms have been able to chart out their growth path in real world terms by comparing their performance to others in the project on a standardised basis.  

By sharing information within the group that has a total of 7500 sows, significant impacts will be made across all participating farms.  

Mr Handley adds that the Pork CRC performance benchmarking project and particularly the correlation between such performance parameters as weaning age and pigs weaned per sow per year, will allow the whole industry to adjust its management accordingly.  

He uses the Pork CRC performance benchmarking program as one of the tools for his clients to help them achieve high performance levels.  

Pork CRC's performance benchmarking scheme for the production performance of Australia's pork industry has completed an initial pilot stage and is now open to producers across Australia.  

The 20 current participants recently met in Brisbane where they analysed and discussed performance as well as financial figures in an open forum.  

Potential participants with farrow-to-finish production units of 250 sows or more are encouraged to join the program for 2011/12 financial year.  

Pork CRC CEO Dr Roger Campbell believes that benchmarking is a way of determining successful pork producers and the reasons for their achievements.  

Benchmarking sets the standard, and for many pork producers, being involved in a benchmarking group can be highly rewarding, motivating and well worth the additional effort.

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