Biosecurity Inconveniences

Last week I visited a sow unit that was about 10 days into a PED virus outbreak. While I was there to examine ventilation settings and GDU options, it was hard not to have a discussion with the employees about the virus outbreak. The most common question that all of the employees asked – when we start keeping pigs alive? Read More...

What drives change in the industry

Today I will be attending the annual meetings of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and the Minnesota Pork Board. Topics of discussion that I expect to hear in the hallways and even from delegates and presenters include the EPA decision on ethanol, the status of the Farm Bill, the latest on who has experienced a site breaking with PED virus, and profit opportunities for next year. At the same time, southern Minnesota is under a winter weather watch beginning this evening with 3-5 inches of snow possible. By Friday a major cold front will mean high temperatures in Mankato of only 5F (-15C).  Read More...