Pig productivity: A Case study for South-Eastern Botswana
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Chabo, R.G., Malope, P. and Babusi, B. 2000. Pig productivity: A Case study for South-Eastern Botswana. Livestock Research for rural development 13 (3).
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An evaluation of the pig enterprise at the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) farm using sow productivity and gross margin analysis was carried out. The data were obtained from breeding and financial records of the Landrace and Duroc breeds from 1997 to 1999. Litter size at birth influenced litter size at weaning and both traits decreased with an increase in parities. A positive correlation (0.70) was observed between litter size at birth and litter size at weaning. A negative gross margin was realised due to the high feed costs and low market price of pigs which did not cover production costs