Brumm Speaks Out: A preventable, unfortunate situation

Last week I had the unpleasant experience (once again) of talking with a contract grower who was faced with a bill for pig death loss due to a ventilation failure. It’s not a lot of fun talking through the sequence of events and having to tell them that the evidence points to negligence on their part and my opinion is that they should pay the bill. FULL STORY »

Avoid roof collapses from snow on agricultural buildings

It looks like 2012-13 could be a year for some areas of the Midwest to get hit by heavy snow and ice storms, which can leave large amounts of snow and ice on roofs of agricultural buildings. FULL STORY »

Land prices not in a bubble

Rick Huber, risk analyst for Farm Credit Services of America, in the most recent Doane Agricultural Report, provides his way of analyzing whether farmland prices are in a bubble. FULL STORY »

Feeding technology reduces ammonia emissions from facilities

The combined impact of high feed costs and increased use of synthetic amino acids in swine grow/finish diets is reducing ammonia emissions from pig farms. FULL STORY »

Proper heat placement in farrowing facilities critical

Heat placement for young pigs is a critical component for getting animals started quickly and maintaining optimal health. In farrowing facilities, piglets must be kept from becoming chilled, which often leads to scours, more tail-enders, and less healthy, thriving piglets. FULL STORY »

Preparing hog barns for winter months

Lower temperatures and snowfall in Michigan require producers to adjust the barn’s ventilation system and increase supplemental heating during the winter months. Pork producers can gain cost savings by winterizing curtain sided pig barns. FULL STORY »

Tactics for ensuring safety on the farm

Michael “Frey” Freyaldenhoven, extension AgrAbility program technician for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers tactics to promote safety for older farmers. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Thoughts from EuroTier

Last week I attended EuroTier in Hannover, Germany. This multi-species trade show hosts almost 160,000 visitors. There were two exhibit halls dedicated to swine, with additional halls hosting feed ingredients, plus numerous exhibit halls for dairy, poultry and aquaculture. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: A common minimum ventilation controller mistake

We received our first taste of winter this week with snow in eastern South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska. In recent farm visits, I’ve been working with farm personnel on proper winter operation for ventilation and heating systems. FULL STORY »

Get ventilation management answers, Nov. 7

Livestock producers will have access to a host of experts and information as the University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) will present a “Ventilation and Air Quality for Livestock Systems Field Day.” FULL STORY »

Accurate portrayal of today's pig care Play video

An Indiana farmer showcases how he cares for the pigs raised on his family’s farm. This video, provided by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, illustrates how technology and innovation have positively changed the ways pigs are born and raised on farms today. FULL STORY »

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