I spent a couple of days this week at one of the SVC Research wean-finish sites helping to individually weigh, ultrasound scan and tattoo pigs as we end a research trial. As I was swinging the tattoo hammer yesterday I realized I have been using this technology for 50 years.
In the spring of 1963 my family moved from the farm to an acreage at the edge of town. At that time my father became a partner in a hog buying station, feed store and livestock trucking company. As an independent buying station my dad and his partner were paid $0.05/100 lb live weight plus trucking from the station to the slaughter plant at Mason City, IA (Jacob E. Decker). It was thought that a good buying station should be able to source 50,000 market pigs per year.