Not everyone appreciates snow storms

While I assume a large majority of the readers of this blog are US producers in the upper Midwest, I know of several frequent readers located in other countries of the world. For many of the readers of this blog, snow and snowstorms are not something they have any experiences to relate to. We had a major storm in the Midwest last week and this week another storm is rolling through the Ohio Valley region. Read More...

An unfortunate situation that could have been prevented

This week I had the unpleasant experience (once again) of talking with a contract grower who was faced with a bill for pig death loss due to a ventilation failure. It’s not a lot of fun talking thru the sequence of events and having to tell them that the evidence points to negligence on their part and my opinion is that they should pay the bill. Read More...

Our understanding of the pigs nutritional needs

When I ended my 2 year Army enlistment and began graduate school 38 years ago swine nutritionists were just beginning to talk about lysine as a critical nutrient in swine diets as opposed to crude protein. The 1974 version of the University of Nebraska Swine Diet Suggestions extension circular still talked about crude protein requirements assume a corn/soybean meal basal diet. Read More...