Pork FAQs

What is the feed conversion ratio for pigs?

By Bob Oros

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 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 7-10:1.

All of this effects the price you pay for the various meat items.