The Optima Growth Model
Modern pig production requires very precise information on the requirements of the growing pig to ensure that:
- The animal can express its true potential for lean growth
- Grading Contracts can be fulfilled
- Expensive nutrients are not wasted
- Environmental polution is minimized
The most effective way of determining requirements and responses of farm animals is through use of simulation models. Here the pig is represented by a series of mathematical equations linking genetic, metabolic, nutritional, environmental and physiological phenomena.
The Optima Pig Growth Model is such a model. It was first commissioned in 1995 by Close Consultancy and Associated British Nutrition (ABN). Today it is a practical advisory model for commercial use that is both comprehensive and intuitive. It is based on sound scientific knowledge, drawn from both the literature and from a number of in-house trials. It has also been extensively validated in commercial practice.
- Predicting the performance of the pig under a wide variety of conditions
- Calculating the requirements and responses of the growing pig under varying systems of husbandry, management and health; with different genotypes and sexes
- Establishing nutrient requirements, diets and feeding strategies for pigs at all stages of growth from 20 to 120 Kg bodyweight
- Evaluating economic consequences of changes in feed or feeding system, genetics, slaughter weight or grading contract
- Developing, test and advise on new feeds, products and feeding regimes
- Teaching aid to illustrate the basics of pig growth
- Interpretation of production performance
- Designing research and development trials
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