Is a 10-sow unit economically sustainable? A profitability assessment of productivity amongst small-holder pig farmers, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Munzhelele, Priscilla
dc.contributor.author Oguthu, James W.
dc.contributor.author Fasina, Folorunso Oludayo
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-15T07:39:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-15T07:39:38Z
dc.date.issued 2016-05-12
dc.description.abstract The majority of small-holder pig farmers in Mpumalanga had between 1- and 10-sow herds. The main aim of this study is to evaluate the current government agricultural intervention (supply of 10 sows and a boar) in terms of technical and economic feasibilities and ascertain whether the small-scale pig value chain system alleviates poverty. Data were obtained from 220 randomly selected small-holder pig farmers using a semi-structured questionnaire. The results showed that 58% farrowed ≤ 10 piglets/born/sow/litter, 44.2% practiced no weaning method and many fed swill and leftovers alone (41.6%). Pair-wise association revealed that the feeding of commercial feeds had a relationship with pigs in relatively good to very good body condition. Pigs in poor body condition were positively correlated with the feeding of swill alone. The economic models for the 10-sow unit proved that pig farming is unprofitable if the current management and feeding systems that operate in the commercial industry are utilised. However, only through a combination of cooperative systems, benefits of economies of scale, reduction of preweaning mortalities and structured government inputs can pig production be profitable at this scale of production. en_ZA
dc.description.department Production Animal Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship UNISA M & D bursary en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ojvr.org en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Munzhelele, P., Oguttu, J.W. & Fasina, F.O., 2016, ‘Is a 10-sow unit economically sustainable? A profitability assessment of productivity amongst small-holder pig farmers, Mpumalanga, South Africa’, Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research 83(1), a1011. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/ojvr.v83i1.1011. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0030-2465 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2219-0635 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ojvr.v83i1.1011
dc.identifier.other 16416667800
dc.identifier.other H-9699-2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53234
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Pig farmers en_ZA
dc.subject Body condition en_ZA
dc.subject Economic models en_ZA
dc.subject Pig value chain system en_ZA
dc.title Is a 10-sow unit economically sustainable? A profitability assessment of productivity amongst small-holder pig farmers, Mpumalanga, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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