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 »

New app helps diagnose tree problems

The 2012 drought severely affected trees causing a multitude of problems. However, help is now available for diagnosing the issues affecting trees throughout the country in the form of a new iPhone app that can put knowledge about tree disorders in the palm of your hand. FULL STORY »

Swine barn explosion injures two

Two workers at an Ontario, Canada swine barn were seriously injured in an explosion on Sunday afternoon, according to TheRecord.com. Authorities said the two men were pumping manure from the barn when the explosion occurred. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Pit pumping ventilation

We’re far enough along with harvest that many producers have begun pumping manure pits. Yesterday I received a call regarding 30 pigs that died over the weekend during pumping and last night an email about rumors of increased pig deaths this year. FULL STORY »

Use caution when pumping manure from deep pits

Many pork producers are getting ready to pump deep pits and caution is required due to hazards that accompany the job. If foam is present, the hazards are multiplied. FULL STORY »

Jack in the Box eliminates gestation-sow stalls

San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., has joined the growing list of restaurants, grocery store chains and institutional food suppliers in eliminating gestation-sow stalls from the company’s supply chain. The company will expect compliance by its pork suppliers by the end of 2022. FULL STORY »

Group gestation will change selection and management dynamics

“Today’s sows are not your parents’ sows,” Tim Loula, DVM, St. Peter Veterinary Clinic, told attendees of a FeetFirst swine conference on Thursday presented by Zinpro. The most dramatic difference is that over the past 20 years, the sow herd has become tremendously more productive requiring different approaches to management, selection and animal care. FULL STORY »

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