Canadian production limits and this years feed grain crop

Last week I was on the program for the Western Nutrition Conference in Winnipeg. Much of the meeting dealt with such topics as the intestinal tract biomass, how enzymes can improve availability of nutrients, standardized ileal digestible phosphorus and application of this value to ration formulation, etc. My topic was a lot simpler – feeder and drinkers for heavier weight slaughter pigs.  Read More...

Some thoughts after 1 week in China

It’s 7 am on Friday morning in Xiamen City, China and my most recent trip to China is rapidly coming to an end. I am scheduled to visit a swine farm today. I have no idea if I will see facilities that include western production technology such as feed lines and bulk bins or if I will see feed delivered to farms in 50 kg bags and added to feeders manually. Read More...

Do you have a ventilation system or just ventilation equipment operating in a barn?

As I slowly return to the world of pork production following the loss of my wife on June 21, I find that my priorities aren’t quite the same as they once were. Some of that is driven by family demands. As the guardian for our 25 year old handicapped daughter I’ve had to learn how to deal with Social Security Administration rules and accounting, how to file yearly reports with district court regarding management of her monies, how to spend days at a time visiting various doctors and therapists, how to work with social services, care providers and sheltered workshop personnel as we craft an individual development plan. And the list goes on of the many things my wife took care of so I could be deeply immersed in the swine industry. Read More...

Ventilation mistakes I saw this week

I’ve spent the majority of this week in barns doing ventilation (and feeder/drinker) reviews of both new construction, 1-2 year old facilities and 40 year old facilities. It’s amazing to me that the same common mistakes keep showing up. While we think we know better how to design, install and manage ventilation system components, the screw-ups remain the same. Read More...