Commentary: How about making some gravy?

When animal agriculture is faced with an inevitable change the public wants, why doesn't it take credit for it like any good politician would? FULL STORY »

Dry hydrants for on-farm use

Most farms do not have an on-site public water supply that can be used by firefighters. A dry hydrant may be an option in those situations. FULL STORY »

Prairie Swine Centre releases annual research report

The Prairie Swine Centre, located near Saskatoon, has just released the 2011 edition of the Annual Research Report which provides insight into a wide range of industry challenges and opportunities. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Tree damage from drought may linger for years

Since trees and shelterbelts provide important buffers on most farms by providing protection during all seasons, their setback or loss may be counted among the major casualties inflicted by the 2012 drought. FULL STORY »

Drought influences cull sow marketing

In choosing to feed cull sows, the producer is betting on the value of the gain offsetting the feed and non-feed costs. As feed is an operation's major expense, it's likely the primary culling consideration today. Another important consideration is to call ahead and establish a delivery schedule with your sow processor. FULL STORY »

NPPC wants agriculture’s input on fire standard

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to continue working with the agriculture community to develop “sensible solutions” to address fires in animal housing facilities. FULL STORY »

NPB offers new ‘We Care’ posters

New this summer from the National Pork Board’s ‘We Care’ initiative is a series of six, laminated, full-color posters that emphasize the cornerstones of the program. The posters are ideal for displaying in barns, work areas or lunchrooms. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Leaking propane supply lines

While it may be hot outside, it’s not too early for reviewing winter heating and ventilation details. FULL STORY »

NPPC appeals proposed animal housing fire standard

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) along with a number of other livestock and poultry organizations, has appealed the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) technical committee's recommendation to set new standards for animal housing. FULL STORY »

11 tips for managing pregnant sows in group housing

With major pork buyers like McDonald's, Hormel and Safeway announcing plans to move toward gestation stall-free suppliers, Minnesota hog farmers may be exploring group housing options. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Summer heat is here

Summer weather is upon us, with all the misery that comes with it for many of our production facilities. I’ve been doing quite a few meetings and presentations these past weeks with industry supplier sales forces and producer groups regarding recommended management practices for summer heat in production facilities. FULL STORY »

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