This morning I’m working on my presentation for this Thursday at the Minnesota Pork Congress. The topic they asked to me to present is “Benchmarking Data”.

When we think of benchmarking data, we often think of large data sets from cooperating producers where all of the data is compiled in a similar manner. When the Iowa State and University of Nebraska Swine Enterprise Records programs were in existence these served as an industry reference point for a variety of production and cost of production values.

Today there are very few recording schemes that make production data available, and even fewer that have cost of production data. On the production side has begun releasing data compilations for wean-finish performance.

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