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...

Safety when power washing above foaming pits

Many of you have read the press reports of the tragic loss of life in a Minnesota nursery when 2 persons died from a fire when they began to power wash the empty room. While the investigation isn’t complete, I’ve worked with both the production company and the insurance company on this situation and the best guess so far is that the explosion was caused by a space heater igniting methane that accumulated as a result of power washing activities bursting the foam bubbles in the manure pit. Read More...