Fire and Life Safety Standards for Swine Housing

Ag buildings, including swine production facilities, are generally exempt from the UBC (Uniform Building Code). Along with this exemption comes confusion as to how to rate ag buildings as it relates to various fire codes. Currently each insurance company applies standards that they think best fit the risks they have identified when insuring production agriculture facilities. Livestock facilities pose a special risk in that there is both human and animal death risk.  Read More...

VFD experiences after 3 weeks of implementation

On Monday prior to the Minnesota Pork Congress I had the opportunity to be part of a swine nutrition discussion group that meets quarterly in southern Minnesota. The topic of this quarter’s meeting was to share experiences after the first 2 weeks of the conversion of medically important feed additives to VFD (veterinary feed directive) status. Joining our group for this discussion was Dr Tyler Holck from GlobalVetLINK, the primary electronic VFD service used by veterinarians. Read More...

While not a record, there are a lot of pigs on US farms

Last Friday’s USDA Hogs and Pigs report caught many by surprise with both the magnitude of corrections to previous reports and the size of the current inventory. US producers reported a December 1, 2016 inventory of 65,410,000 pigs. This is the largest on-farm December 1 inventory since 1979 when producers reported an inventory of 67,318,400 pigs. On December 1, 1970, USDA reported an inventory 67,433,000 pigs. Prior to that you have to go back to the war years of 1943-44 to have on farm inventories this large. Read More...