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 »

Increase energy efficiency with new swine ventilation publication

Proper management of furnace and ventilation controller settings in hog buildings can reduce propane and electricity costs. A new publication from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach illustrates the impact controller settings can have on furnace run time and energy consumption in swine production facilities. FULL STORY »

Free-access stalls provide sow-housing option Play video

With more restaurants and food service companies demanding that gestation-stall sow housing be eliminated, U.S. pork producers are under growing pressure to find viable alternatives. FULL STORY »

Housing P1 sows with gilts improves welfare, performance

Aggression among group-housed sows is a widely recognized problem as well as a threat to animal welfare and performance. At the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Des Moines this week, Yuzhi Li, assistant professor of swine production, University of Minnesota, offered insights on improving performance and welfare of young sows in a group-housing system. FULL STORY »

Swine Day returns to Iowa State June 28

Each program topic provides essential information for today’s pork producers and others in the industry, and speakers were selected for their knowledge and understanding of those topics. FULL STORY »

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