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Browse our wealth of news and information for advice and tips on topics ranging from the breeding herd to herd health.

Sow Housing

Ad lib sow feeding drives almost two pig per litter increase

A recently completed two-year trial by the University of Guelph showed a 1.7 pig per litter increase in subsequent litters for lactating sows using free choice feeders versus other lactating sow feeding methods.

The research was conducted by Dr. Paul Luimes of University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and Greg Simpson of Hypor Inc. on a commercial farm. View the trial report.

Sow Housing

Pen Notes: Tips on feeding, managing group-housed sows

There are lots of ways to raise pigs and with proper management, nearly all of them can be productive and profitable. Because several packers have resolved to move away from individual gestation stalls, some producers are building new facilities with group housing for sows.

In a recent SowBridge presentation, Lee Johnston with the University of Minnesota discussed feeding and management of sows in pens. He says producers need to feed for biological changes in the sow in terms of her true nutritional needs.


Pigs not going to market on time? Examine gut health

It’s a continuous race against time and money in the pig barn. Striving for the ultimate goal of getting pigs to market weight as quickly as possible; producers are also racing against the ever-growing cost that comes with each additional day the pigs are not sent to market. Poor gut health can delay marketing, adding further time to reach the desired finishing weight and money for the extra feed that must be purchased.


Tips to stay warm and avoid frostbite

When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent, damage.

Sow Housing

Canarm: Committed to sows

Healthy and productive sows form the basis of efficient and profitable pork production systems.

That’s why Canarm AgSystems has been providing housing and feeding systems for sows for almost 80 years. Getting it right for sows means larger litters and heavier piglets at weaning, more kilograms of finished pork per sow, and those sows being ready to reproduce quickly and efficiently, every time.


Fall harvest requires increased focus on safety

Working long hours without an adequate amount of sleep is just one example of how farmers can increase their risk of injury during harvest, a safety expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said.


Don’t lose sight of feed efficiency

Editor's note: The following article was orginially published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Pork Checkoff's "Shared Focus on Innovation" report, accessible here. Dr. Chris Hostetler is director of animal science and technology for the Pork Checkoff.

Advice and Tips

Help prepare ag equipment for winter

With harvest nearly complete, it¹s time to prepare farm machinery for winter. Whether you use your equipment in the winter or store it until spring, proper winterization will extend equipment life and ensure equipment is ready to go.

Neil Hoff, CHS product management director for refined fuels, recommends farmers first consult their owner's manual for the manufacturer's guidelines on winter storage. From there, farmers can build a list of items on each piece of machinery to evaluate.


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