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Table 1 Description of the sample of 58 Irish farrow-to-finish pig farms used in the 2016 biosecurity assessment and comparison to the Teagasc database (ePM) population (n = 129)

From: Using the Biocheck.UGent™ scoring tool in Irish farrow-to-finish pig farms: assessing biosecurity and its relation to productive performance

Item ePM mean ± SD Study samplea
mean ± SD median (Range)
Farm characteristics
 No. of sows 726 ± 610.8 754 ± 554.9 639 (113–2479)
 Experience of farm manager, years 26.8 ± 10.14 28.0 (5.0–50.0)
 Number of workers 4.9 ± 3.65 4.0 (1.0–16.0)
 Age of the oldest building, years 35.3 ± 25.46 32.5 (5.0–210.0)
 Age of the youngest building, years 3.9 ± 5.14 3.0 (0.0–25.0)
Herd productive performance
 No. of pigs produced per sow per year 25.7 ± 2.30 26.0 ± 2.27 25.8 (18.0–31.2)
 Piglet mortality, % 10.5 ± 2.80 10.3 ± 2.70 9.8 (5.1–16.3)
 Finisher mortality, % 2.4 ± 1.47 2.2 ± 0.97 2.0 (0.8–5.1)
 Average daily gainb, g/day 703 ± 79.8 704 ± 62.0 699 (554–856)
 Feed conversion ratiob 2.41 ± 0.171 2.38 ± 0.144 2.36 (2.01–2.78)
  1. aFarm characteristics retrieved from the Biocheck.UGent™ scoring tool which was applied to 58 Irish farrow-to-finish pig farms from February to May 2016. The correspondent herd productive performance was retrieved from the Teagasc ePM for the year 2016
  2. bAverage daily gain and Feed conversion ratio correspond to the period from weaning to finish