Problems in the pig farming

Whether in the sows keeping, piglet raising or pig fattening: the bureaucratic work required in farms continues to increase each year. This implies that the daily struggles in the farm are mostly conditioned by the need to meet bureaucratic requirements. Besides, it is essential for farmers to know their key operating numbers since only through the correct interpretation of these, appropriate decisions for the future of the farm can be made. The lack of specialized staff also hampers the complete and error-free collection and evaluation of operating data and may lead to misunderstandings, ineffective work and misjudgements that often result in great costs.

Bureaucratic requirements

 

There is an increasing demand from institutions and society to tighten up regulations for pig-farming control and increasing transparency. This leads to stronger regulations and documentation obligations each year. Farmers need to either meet the requirements or face the costs, which translates into the use of valuable time that could be spent on more profitable tasks or the improvement of the farm.

Lack of specialised personnel

 

Farmers often encounter the problem that the existing specialized staff spend an increasing amount of time in the office to work on administrative matters instead of dedicating their time to take care of the animals. Much of this administrative work leads to unsatisfied employees, particularly when mistakes regularly lead to controversy and discussions.

Inaccuracy in the data

 

When collecting data, it is usual for unforeseen events and errors to occur: an employee may, for instance, accidentally type in the wrong digits. If afterwards this inaccurate data is manually processed and worked on by a second employee, numbers will easily be misinterpreted or put in the wrong context. It will then be hard to find improvement measures for the farm and business.

Manual counting of pigs

 

Counting animals, especially piglets, is a dull and strenuous task for every pig farmer. The amount of pigs needs to be reported for tracing issues to the corresponding local authorities and there are many critical points in this process that can cause mistakes. These errors can be particularly expensive when the pigs are sold. The usual error rate of counting piglets by hand results in an average of only 992 animals on the invoice per 1000 animals delivered.

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