Register now for SowBridge 2014

SowBridge program informs and educates owners, operators, managers and employees on important management topics. It's time to sign-up for the 2014 program. FULL STORY »

New pork task force to develop 2020 Plan

Kicking off in 2014, the National Pork Board's new task force will meet. The group's planning efforts will examine customer needs for sustainable nutrition. FULL STORY »

Market Commentary: Weaner breakevens down $1.36

Weaner pig breakeven margins are down slightly due to lower hog futures, but still healthy at $106.12 over variable costs. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Does your production facility have COPD?

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a progressive disease in humans that makes it hard to breath. In general, the airways to the lungs become congested, restricting air exchange. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Do I have enough fans for summer heat relief?

While this summer in southern Minnesota has not been anywhere close to having record heat, I’ve still had quite a few discussions with growers and managers about maximum ventilation rates for heat relief. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Lighting expenses in swine facilities

The past couple of days I’ve been doing some comparisons on lighting options for swine facilities. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Is there an advantage to wean-finish facilities

Does one hog production system claim a 4 percent advantage to nursery moved to finisher vs. wean-to finish? Mike Brumm looks at this advantage and why there is no correct way of housing/flowing pigs. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Wean pig and swine facility insights

This market update is a new PorkNetwork weekly column reporting trends in weaner pig prices and swine facility availability. All information contained in this update is for the week ended March 29, 2013. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Manure from confinement livestock units

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. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: What is your summer management strategy?

While it may still be winter in the US, now is the time to begin implementing summer management strategies. The pigs you are placing into finishers this week will be going to market in June. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Extreme cold complicates facility heating

Yesterday I was at a new nursery site that went into use last summer. With the extreme cold weather, the owner was having difficulty keeping temperatures stable in the pig zone. FULL STORY »

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