is the feed conversion ratio
Pigs usually consume
about eight pounds of feed in a day. Farmers usually spend around $55 -
$60 on feed for one pig. The total cost to raise a pig is about $100.
That means that the cost to feed the pig is about 55% - 60% of the total
cost to raise it!
Feed Conversion Ratio,
or or feed conversion efficiency (FCE), is the ability of livestock to
turn feed mass into body mass. A chicken's feed conversion ratio is 2:1,
so by consuming 2 pounds of feed, such as corn, the chicken's body
weight increases 1 pound. Pig's ratio is 3-4:1 and cows are
All of this effects
the price you pay for the various meat items.