In the past 2 weeks I’ve been on a number of farms for several clients reviewing ventilation systems along with feeder and drinker needs for wean-finish flows. Once again I’ve seen barns in excellent states of repair and barns needing an investment in repairs soon.

It continues to amaze me and provide good pictures for producer meetings how varied producers are in caring for their investments in pork production. I was in several barns this past week that were constructed in 1996 and ceiling steel had almost no rust. The slats were still in very good repair and I was comfortable telling the grower I had no problem using those slats for a wean-finish remodel that was being contemplated.

On the other hand I have been in barns less than 10 years old recently that had rusted ceiling liners, severe concrete erosion around drinkers and feeders, door knobs missing, etc. The barn owner who may or may not have been the pig owner really didn’t seem concerned that their expensive production facility was slowing rotting away.

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