Barn maintenance, feeder repairs help feed efficiency Play video

Achieving better feed efficiency can be a challenging objective and may require a review of the full scope of your operation, beginning with the basics of barn management and feeding practices. The time period between groups of pigs offers a prime opportunity for you or your barn employees for cleaning and making needed repairs. FULL STORY »

Scientist discusses grain dust explosions

In the aftermath of an Oct. 29 grain elevator explosion in Atchison, Kan. that claimed six lives and injured two others, Kansas State University grain scientist, Leland McKinney said that while grain and other kinds of dust can be dangerous, steps can be taken to reduce risk. FULL STORY »

ASABE updates manure storage safety standard

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its standard on manure storage safety, including ventilation and entry protocols. FULL STORY »

Pork producers need constant evaluation of biosecurity protocols

One area that pork producers need to evaluate when looking at biosecurity protocols at their facility is to look at the indirect routes of contamination. Indirect routes of contamination are methods of transmitting disease mechanically through people, vehicles, facilities and non-human vectors such as, needles and supplies. FULL STORY »

Make disease management on swine farms a priority

Improper management of incoming animals can put production units at risk of disease. Direct routes of contamination include live animals, as well as genetic material (i.e. semen) and are large factors when it comes to controlling the spread of disease. The production practices surrounding these factors need constant review to maintain proper procedures and effectiveness. Producers need to implement review methods for each area that is considered a direct route of contamination. FULL STORY »

Time for a biosecurity tune-up on swine farms

As we forge into the fall months of 2011, battling high feed costs, addressing animal welfare concerns and tackling environmental matters are all issues struggling to take top priority with today’s pork producers. High on that list of priorities needs to be biosecurity protocols for individual facilities and production flows as we move into the winter months. FULL STORY »

Minnesota man arrested in Iowa pig thefts

Authorities say a Minnesota man has been arrested in the theft of several hundred feeder pigs from producers in Mitchell County in northern Iowa. John Arndt, of Hayfield, Minn., was taken into custody in Minnesota. FULL STORY »

Risk of combine fires high in Nebraska; Take precautionary measures

Dry field conditions, high temperatures, and wind gusts of 30-40 mph are leading to an increased threat of field fires across most of the state FULL STORY »

Guidelines for farm lighting

Farm lighting systems should be designed to meet minimum lighting requirements in a manner that is both energy efficient and cost effective. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach addresses minimum illumination levels for various production agriculture settings. FULL STORY »

NAEMS actions move forward

The National Air Emissions Monitoring Study (NAEMS) study began in 2007, but the momentum toward a conclusion is picking up steam. FULL STORY »

GHG reporting due Sept. 30

Pork production operations that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent gases annually need to file a report with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by Sept. 30. FULL STORY »

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