Improvements in transport conditions for slaughter pigs

Even with extreme low temperatures this past week, movement of slaughter weight pigs to slaughter plants continued. One obvious question, what about transit losses due to cold weather? I heard from a packer buyer in the upper midwest who reported no change in the number of deads in transit within their system versus last year. In fact, they were actually seeing a slight improvement in this category over last year. Read More...

It’s cold out there

With the air temperature at -18F this morning, even I will admit it is cold out there. This past week I have had several calls and conversations with pig owners and growers on what can be done to tighten up curtain sided finishers. Several specifically asked about what can be done to help with the propane bill during placement in wean-finish curtain sided facilities in weather such as we’re experiencing in Minnesota this week. Read More...