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Advice And Tips

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

Herd Health

How to reduce heat stress in your pigs

We cannot control what Mother Nature gives us for weather, but there are a few management strategies that can be implemented to keep pigs performing well.

Sow Housing

Here’s why consumers need the truth

Much of what consumers believe about the use of gestation stalls in pork production is inaccurate. However, when they are exposed to further explanation of the equipment’s use and advantages, their concern is significantly reduced, according to new research by Midan Marketing.

Advice and Tips

Team accountability: Harsh or helpful?

Every turn of the calendar people make New Year’s resolutions. Every election politicians say that the government leaders need to be held accountable. And every year organizations tell their leaders, “We need to hold our people to their words and actions.” Yet—just like New Year’s resolutions—these scenarios for accountability fall drastically short, as the mirror of accountability is often blurry with ego. This means that as leaders we see ourselves as actually holding our people accountable and feel that it’s the others that are failing or not following through.


Answering tough ag questions

Through social media, America’s farmers and ranchers explain why they do certain things when raising animals for food. This communication is not just one way. Facebook posts from the farm, tweets from the tractor seat and blogs from the “back 40” allow members of the non-farming public to ask questions on everything from how today’s food is grown to how it is processed and eventually brought to market.

Advice and Tips

Should you consider in-furrow starter for corn in 2015?

The use of starter fertilizer placement on the seed (known as in-furrow placement) is commonplace in many areas of Minnesota. I commonly receive questions on the value of in-furrow starter fertilizer when corn prices are low. The application of liquid fertilizer with the planter presents additional costs which may or may not be warranted depending on the year and where a field is located within Minnesota.


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