Monthly checklists

I’m often asked for checklists that can help employees and barn owners keep up on the little things that make a ventilation system successful in meeting the moisture and heat removal goals that the system was designed for. I ran across the following in my files today as an example of what a monthly list might contain. I’m sure each of you can add to this list to personalize it to your facilities. Read More...

Are there too many pig barns?

This weekend I drove from Mankato to eastern South Dakota. Lots of planters in the field and it appears that a majority of the corn in southern Minnesota is in the ground. It’s been wetter in eastern South Dakota so more evidence of corn still being planted. By the time of my return on Sunday afternoon quite a few corn fields were emerged enough to row the corn the majority of my trip home. Read More...

Canadian vs US sow herd productivity

A few weeks ago I reviewed the MetaFarms 2016 wean-finish growth data. Today I want to take a look at MetaFarms comparison of Canadian vs US sow herd productivity for 2016. The MetaFarms sow performance data for 2016 is based on data for 613.8 thousand females (10.3% of the June 1, 2016 USDA estimated breeding herd inventory) for the US data and 117.3 thousand females (9.4% of the Canadian July 1, 2016 estimated breeding herd inventory). Read More...

2016 pig performance summary

This past weekend MetaFarms released their performance summaries for the 2016 production year. For those unfamiliar with MetaFarms, this a private production record company based in Burnsville, MN. Data in their system comes from production facilities in the United States (primarily upper Midwest region) and Canada. In 2016, the performance data came from 15.0 million weaned pigs started in nurseries, 17.9 million pigs started on feed in finishing facilities and 5.5 million pigs weaned into single-stock wean-finish facilities. The data is based on groups of pigs that closed out their performance during the 2016 year. The data set also includes comparisons with groups closed out in 2014 and 2015. Read More...