Earlier this month I attended the Minnkota Agri Builders Conference in Sioux Falls. This multi-state group has been meeting for over 20 years under the guidance of Dr. Larry Jacobson from the University of Minnesota and Dr. Steve Pohl from South Dakota State University.

Once a year this group of ag builders meets to discuss issues associated with livestock housing and to occasionally tour selected livestock facilities.

Much of the emphasis this year was on confinement beef units. A producer from Laverne, Minn., talked about his experiences with fully slatted beef finishing facilities versus deep bedded finishing facilities. His comments were interesting in that they mirrored many of the comments and decisions pork producers have been making in regard to confinement facilities.

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