Skip to main content

Table 4 Minimum profitability conditions for interventions in six EU countries

From: Economic feasibility of interventions targeted at decreasing piglet perinatal and pre-weaning mortality across European countries

Intervention Input variable 1 Basic assumptions for interventions Conditions for minimum profitability2
A B C D E F
Housing intervention
(1) Ventilation Fixed costs increase (%) 1 10 NA 1 NA 3 2
Perinatal mortality (%) 3.8 0.4 NA 3.0 NA 1.1 1.9
(2) Interior Fixed costs increase (%) 5 17 NA NA NA NA NA
Perinatal mortality (%) 2.6 1.3 NA NA NA NA NA
Management and housing intervention
(3) Assistance Labor input increase (%) 10 10 11 15 NA NA 11
Perinatal mortality (%) 2.4 2.4 2.2 1.5 NA NA 1.9
Management intervention
(4) Enrichment Cost of enrichment material/sow (€) 1.8 10 5 6 7 10 14
Perinatal mortality (%) 4 1.6 3.2 2.8 2.4 1.6 1.2
(5) Animal-friendly handling Additional labor per litter (minutes/litter) 9 23 13 23 12 22 19
Pre-weaning mortality (%) 3.3 1.3 2.3 1.3 2.3 1.6 1.6
  1. 1Input variables were independently varied to determine the change in mortality rate or the change in costs which would have resulted in the value of sow space unit being equal to the value obtained in the baseline scenario
  2. 2Six countries were randomly coded as A, B, C, D, E and F due to anonymity requirements
  3. NA- not applicable, profitability requirements were not estimated for interventions with negative economic result