pounds per square foot per crate per year?

In 1988 while driving to a swine records meeting at Swine Graphics (a then start-up record company), Dr Ron Brodersen and I got into a long discussion in my pickup of space utilization in production facilities. At that time we estimated that a good ‘metric’ for space utilization in grow-finish barns was 78 lb of gain per square foot of pen space per year. Read More...

Slaughter weight thoughts

By now the ‘trade’ has digested the hogs and pigs report and given the response by the futures market, they apparently feel pig numbers will be manageable yet this fall. Of course that doesn’t mean we won’t have big weeks, just less likely to have to run on Sundays a few times to kill all of the animals coming to market. I did receive a comment from one industry contact who suggested that the decrease in sow numbers in Iowa may have been due to accounting. That is, Christensen Farms sale of their sows around Iowa Falls was accounted for by CF when they did their March 1 inventory but the sows didn’t show up on Seaboards March 1 inventory. This would have shifted Iowa sow numbers about 50,000 or so. Read More...

Thoughts on Fall Markets and Pig Supplies

This past week I attended the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in Des Moines. This meeting has become the location for graduate students and faculty from around the US to present their latest swine nutrition research results. It also is a great place to meet and greet a large number of the pork industries allied industry members. Read More...

A remarkable story to tell

This past weekend I was in New Orleans for the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting. In addition to presenting on the ‘Housing Requirements of Heavy Weight Pigs’, I made sure to enjoy Bourbon Street and the tremendous variety of food offerings. As a history buff I made sure to include time on Sunday to spend time soaking up the local history, including the World War Two and the Louis Armstrong museums.  Read More...