Access to cost of production records for benchmarking purposes is difficult in the swine industry. As the industry has consolidated and specialized there is less sharing of cost data. In the 80’s and 90’s both Iowa State University and the … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: September 2013
More PED virus thoughts
This week I participated in the Leman Swine Health Conference sponsored by the University of Minnesota. The obvious topic of discussion in the hallway and even for some of the sessions was the PED virus and its impact on the … Continue reading
Does your production facility have COPD?
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a progressive disease in humans that makes it hard to breath. In general, the airways to the lungs become congested, restricting air exchange. As I visit swine production facilities across the Midwest, I routinely … Continue reading
Don’t put your pigs at risk during pit pumping
Fall harvest will begin in 3-4 weeks in the upper Midwest. With the expansion of the drought area, silage harvest is in full swing for dairies and feedlots, with some regions completed already. All of this activity means that pit … Continue reading