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 »

NPPC responds to food companies’ sow housing decisions

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) issued a statement in reaction to retailers’ decision regarding gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Looking towards World Pork Expo this week

This week is the World Pork Expo in Des Moines. I expect to visit with many of you at this event. I plan on attending on Wednesday and Thursday and already have a number of meetings scheduled. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Another recent experience with buildings aging

Recently I wrote about the pork industry's aging production facilities. Last week I was at a production site that had generally excellent maintenance, but there's more than meets the eye. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Our facilities are showing their age

In the past several weeks I’ve been in quite a few fully slatted finishing facilities that are showing their age. While some of them are 13+ years old, others are only 5 to 7 years old. FULL STORY »

USDA report includes a look at sow housing

A special article featured in USDA's Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Report outlines issues that are surfacing as a growing number of U.S. companies want pork suppliers to adopted strategies that move away from direct or indirect use of gestation stalls in pork production. FULL STORY »

Managing livestock odors

Animal housing, manure storages and land application make significant contributions to on-farm odors, but when addressing total farm odor livestock farm managers need to consider feed storage and mortality management. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: New barn ventilation details

I’m getting several requests for ventilation details on new double-wide, tunnel wean-finish and grow-finish facilities. However, many builders and facility owners continue to undersize attic inlet areas. FULL STORY »

Osborne Industries to unveil ‘Single Source Swine Solutions’

Services include farm design, building construction, one-of-a-kind training and support, and management and professional services for the industry worldwide. FULL STORY »

Consult your veterinarian when developing biosecurity plan

Biosecurity risks are unique to each farm and the best plans are developed by working with a swine veterinarian who has extensive knowledge of the farm, workers and local risk factors. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: SEW prices and new nursery designs

Pork producers are beginning to act nervous about profit prospects this fall. SEW prices continue to decline, both on the contract and spot market as the Chicago futures continue to gradually decline in value. FULL STORY »

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