The impact of alternative feeding strategies on total factor productivity growth of pig farming: Empirical evidence from EU countries

  • Amer Ait-Sidhoum Technische Universität München, Dept. of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics, Alte Akademie 14, 85354 Freising
  • Bouali Guesmi Center for Agro-Food Economics and Development (CREDA-UPC-IRTA). Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Edifici ESAB, Avinguda del Canal Olímplic s/n, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain University of Carthage, Mograne Higher School of Agriculture, LR03AGR02-SPADD, Zaghouan 1121
  • Juan H. Cabas-Monje Agribusiness Research Group, Business Management Department, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán
  • Jose M. Gil Center for Agro-Food Economics and Development (CREDA-UPC-IRTA). Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Edifici ESAB, Avinguda del Canal Olímplic s/n, 08860 Castelldefels
Keywords: data envelopment analysis, productivity, färe-primont index, feeding technologies, pig farms


Aim of study: To investigate the impact of adopting new feeding precision technology on pig production.

Area of study: Four EU countries (Germany, France, Poland and Spain) during the period 2010–2015.

Material and methods: The Färe-Primont index was used to estimate total factor productivity change and its components, technological change and efficiency change.

Main results: German, French and Spanish farms experienced total factor productivity (TFP) progress, while Polish farms did not for both feeding strategies. Our empirical findings suggest a high impact on the productivity of ad libitum feeding technique compared to the restricted one for all countries.

Research highlights: Precision feeding strategies provide another avenue to more sustainable livestock production and further evidence that implementing individual ad libitum feeding systems for pigs could enhance farm’s productivity.


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Ait-SidhoumA., GuesmiB., Cabas-MonjeJ. H., & GilJ. M. (2021). The impact of alternative feeding strategies on total factor productivity growth of pig farming: Empirical evidence from EU countries. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 19(2), e0106.
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