Composting helps swine farm improve biosecurity

Composting animal mortalities eliminated potential sources of disease outbreaks from Iowa State University swine farms: rendering and fuel trucks. FULL STORY »

Commentary: New regulations threaten ag

True to form for a federal government overreaching in its attempt to control more and more aspects of our lives, it is busy setting more regulations. This time, the Department of Labor has proposed a new barrage of regulations that involve youth under the age of 18. FULL STORY »

Save on winter heating costs

With energy costs rising rapidly, time spent identifying where you can increase barn heating efficiency can pay off in reduced energy costs this winter. FULL STORY »

Brumm Speaks Out: Winter ventilation mistakes

I spent much of this week with clients reviewing winter ventilation details and evaluating temperature logs from recorders placed in barns earlier this month. In every instance, I found mistakes in controller settings that cost producers a lot of money. FULL STORY »

Barn maintenance, feeder repairs help feed efficiency Play video

Achieving better feed efficiency can be a challenging objective and may require a review of the full scope of your operation, beginning with the basics of barn management and feeding practices. The time period between groups of pigs offers a prime opportunity for you or your barn employees for cleaning and making needed repairs. FULL STORY »

Scientist discusses grain dust explosions

In the aftermath of an Oct. 29 grain elevator explosion in Atchison, Kan. that claimed six lives and injured two others, Kansas State University grain scientist, Leland McKinney said that while grain and other kinds of dust can be dangerous, steps can be taken to reduce risk. FULL STORY »

ASABE updates manure storage safety standard

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its standard on manure storage safety, including ventilation and entry protocols. FULL STORY »

Pork producers need constant evaluation of biosecurity protocols

One area that pork producers need to evaluate when looking at biosecurity protocols at their facility is to look at the indirect routes of contamination. Indirect routes of contamination are methods of transmitting disease mechanically through people, vehicles, facilities and non-human vectors such as, needles and supplies. FULL STORY »

Make disease management on swine farms a priority

Improper management of incoming animals can put production units at risk of disease. Direct routes of contamination include live animals, as well as genetic material (i.e. semen) and are large factors when it comes to controlling the spread of disease. The production practices surrounding these factors need constant review to maintain proper procedures and effectiveness. Producers need to implement review methods for each area that is considered a direct route of contamination. FULL STORY »

Time for a biosecurity tune-up on swine farms

As we forge into the fall months of 2011, battling high feed costs, addressing animal welfare concerns and tackling environmental matters are all issues struggling to take top priority with today’s pork producers. High on that list of priorities needs to be biosecurity protocols for individual facilities and production flows as we move into the winter months. FULL STORY »

Minnesota man arrested in Iowa pig thefts

Authorities say a Minnesota man has been arrested in the theft of several hundred feeder pigs from producers in Mitchell County in northern Iowa. John Arndt, of Hayfield, Minn., was taken into custody in Minnesota. FULL STORY »

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