How to improve your productivity?
Most farmers find that they need to increase their efficiency simply to maintain a fairly consistent contribution margin – but how do you do this? You can of course optimise your income by ensuring an optimal livestock house climate, ensuring that the animals' other growth conditions are perfect and that the living conditions of the animals in general are good, thereby increasing the animals' feed conversion.
Correct your mistakes and learn from them
Another way to optimise your bottom line is by avoiding making mistakes. We all make mistakes however, so what's important is that you correct the mistake as quickly as possible. Some mistakes are easy to detect, while others require that you analyse your results in order to understand what needs to be changed.
You already know what this requires and perhaps already gather systematic data on feed, gain, water consumption and medication consumption.
But do you know the precise correlation between feed and daily gain – what happens, if you change the feed? How do changes in the livestock house climate affect your animals' gain?
Of course you know how to treat your animals, but with the right data you will get simple, measurable results that quickly and very effectively can be translated into easily understandable actions.
In the graphs below, we have compared climate data from two identical houses.
The graphs show the difference between a very productive house (used as baseline/reference) and a less productive house. You immediately see that the temperature in the less productive house is considerably lower than in the productive house. One consequence of this can be that you get a larger weight distribution in the batch and thus a poorer payoff.