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 »

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 »

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