The flow of feeder pigs from Canada continues to slow in reaction to MCOOL legislation and the terrible economics of pig production for many Canadian producers this past year. For the week ending October 12, 2013, 61,330 live pigs weighing … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Should we trust ‘automatic’ ventilation controls in changing conditions?
The weather in Southern Minnesota this week is typical for the middle of November and the calendar says October 21. For many producers in the region, their management focus remains the corn and soybeans still standing in the fields rather … Continue reading
Labor estimates for production facilities
I was asked this morning for information on the labor needs of production facilities. While our facilities have become somewhat standardized (fully slatted, 1100-1250 hd/room), who provides the labor for daily pig care is not. Labor may be provided by … Continue reading
I’m learning every day
This week I’m getting a lesson in ‘fear’ that many of you have had when a key employee left for another opportunity. The research coordinator for our research barns last day of employment was last Friday. Until we are successful … Continue reading