Last week I participated in a University of Minnesota workshop on worker safety issues related to the design and operation of animal agricultural facilities. One of the topics that arose in the discussion groups was the issue of severe weather at remote livestock sites.

This morning our local radio station was reminding us that 15 years ago on this date a F4 tornado tore through southern Minnesota and devastated the community of St Peter. They attributed the small death loss to the lengthy advanced warning to the community as the tornado approached.

All of this leads to my thoughts for this week – what is the severe weather plan for your swine unit/operation? I hadn’t thought much about this until this week but it is really something that we need to be aware of as we approach the season when severe weather is most likely to occur in the upper Midwest.

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