Eons ago, a British magazine asked its readers to devise a game, using the following information. The game was to be called Pig Farming. The magazine never mentioned it again so, presumably, no reader entered the competition (the 10 pound prize was not very tempting, even if it was 1972). Now, I'm sure Geekers can answer the rallying call! You must make use of the facts that follow.....
Gilts are pigs about 8 months old and ready for breeding. The cost is between $25 and $30 each. They can be bought already 'in pig' by 1 or 2 months in which case the cost is between $35 and 40$ each. Gilts should be limited to 80 per unit. One Boar is required for every 24 Gilts. The cost is $50 each.
Purchase to Farrow
Food required is 5 lb per pig per day. The cost is $45 per ton. Time taken from purchase of Gilt to farrow is 4 months - unless Gilt is already 'in pig'.
Farrow to Weaning
The Gilts are now known as Sows. During weaning the Sows must be fed 10 lb per pig per day. The cost is $45 a ton. Weaning takes 7 weeks. Sow then returns to Boar and cost is as above.
For the first 6 weeks each piglet will require a total of 20 lb of feed at $55 per ton. Then 2 weeks at 1.25 lb per day of feed costing $50 a ton.
The piglet is now known as a Weaner and this is the first chance to sell. Price is fairly constant at $7 a piglet but there is sometimes lack of demand.
The piglets are fed for another 7 weeks. They need 2 lb of feed per day at a cost of 45 lb per ton. After 7 weeks the piglets are known as Porkers and this is the second chance to sell. The price per Porker is between $11 and $13, depending on the supply and demand.
Porkers are fed for another 4 weeks, to become Cutters. During this 4 weeks they require 5 lb feed per day at a cost of $42 per ton. This gives a third chance for selling. The price of Cutters is between $16 and $18 depending on supply and demand.
Porkers can be fed for another 6 weeks to become Baconers. They require 5 lb feed per day, at a cost of $45 per ton. This is the fourth chance to sell. Prices are steady but depend on the grade of pig. 1st grade $23, 2nd grade $21, 3rd grade $17 each.
Cutters may be fed for another 6 weeks to become Heavy Hogs. They will require 7 lb feed per day, at $40 per ton. Prices steady at $25 each. This is the final chance to sell.
A rough guide is $50 for each Sow and $15 for each pig being fattened.
Gilts do not come into pig.
Small litters, the average is 9 but can vary from 5 to 13.
Diseases can kill a whole litter or a large number of pigs.
Poor selling price of Porkers and Cutters.
Sows die (about 30% per annum). Replacements are bought or taken from pigs in unit.
Poor grading of Baconers.
Bank manager concerned about overdraft.
Gosh, that was pretty boring to type out! Such a good idea needs to be in a game!!! By the way, I used the dollar sign rather than a pound sign because I live in Germany and keyboards here do not have a pound sign on them. Just thought you ought to know why British farmers are suddenly working in dollars.