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 »
Odor mitigation strategies improve neighbor relations
Clean pigs and clean buildings with effective ventilation systems play a vital role in minimizing odors. Prevailing winds, tree buffers and biofilters should also be considered to help odor mitigation efforts on swine operations. FULL STORY »
New or expanding livestock operations must assess water needs
Producers who plan to start or expand a livestock operation need to think about water before moving forward. There are three main uses of water in a livestock operation: drinking water, cooling systems and washing of equipment and buildings. FULL STORY »
On-farm energy development gives growers a lot to think about
With 25 percent of the nation’s energy coming from on-farm sources by 2025, farmers and ranchers need to be engaged in the discussion regarding the many issues. FULL STORY »