Feed is the largest cost in pork production; therefore, improving finisher pig feed efficiency can increase producer profitability. Improving feed efficiency can support industry competitiveness, decrease the demand on global feed resources, and complement environmental sustainability. Selective breeding for residual feed intake (RFI) shows promise in meeting these increased demands. However, it is important to balance the benefits of feed efficiency selection with the pig’s feeding behavior and performance. Therefore, this factsheet will discuss feeding behavior and performance research on RFI selection conducted at Iowa State University.
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence
Azarpajouh, Samaneh; Colpoys, Jessica; Dekkers, Jack; Gabler, Nicholas; Huff-Lonergan, Elisabeth; Lonergan, Steven; Patience, John F.; and Johnson, Anna K., "How has selection for residual feed intake (RFI) affected nursery and finisher pig’s feeding behavior and performance?" (2017). Animal Science White Papers, Technical Reports, & Fact Sheets. 9.