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Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,I Will Never Marry A Pig Farmer! February 15th 2017

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,I Will Never Marry A Pig Farmer! February 15th 2017

I did not grow up on a farm. I literally knew nothing about farming and had no plans on ever living on a farm. And because I wasn’t raised on a farm, it didn’t matter to me if it rained, if it was too windy, or if it was too hot or too cold. I was only

Mike Brumm Commentary, Where do you get training? February 15th 2017

Mike Brumm Commentary, Where do you get training? February 15th 2017

As I was driving to a producer meeting yesterday in central Iowa I had time to look back at my career in the pork industry. I realized that I’ve been giving presentations to producer groups for at least 40 years with my first presentations done while a graduate student at Purdue University. While our production

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long Pork Commentary, Bacon Shortage? February 13th 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics Over the last few years, the demand for Bacon in the North American market has greatly increased. Bacon on burgers, Bacon in all day breakfast programs such as McDonalds, Bacon on everything. What has that meant to US pork cut-outs? Below is some historical values.   As you

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,Factory Farming in Minnesota – Truth Revealed, February 9th 2017

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary,Factory Farming in Minnesota – Truth Revealed, February 9th 2017

About Wanda: Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. I am a City Girl turned Farm Wife. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So go grab a cup of coffee, find

5 Ways to Better Use Your Money by Spencer Wayne, PhD, DVM – Pipestone Veterinary Services

5 Ways to Better Use Your Money by Spencer Wayne, PhD, DVM – Pipestone Veterinary Services

Don’t Cut the Wrong Corners When things get tight, a logical first step is to start trimming costs, but be careful when doing this.  Things were put in place for a reason.  Make sure that the reason is still attended to.  Here are some examples regarding health where cutting some minor costs led to some

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, What Do Farmers do in the off-season? February 2nd 2017

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, What Do Farmers do in the off-season? February 2nd 2017

About Wanda: Good day! I am Wanda Patsche, blogger for Minnesota Farm Living. I am a City Girl turned Farm Wife. You will find posts about farm life, my passions and agricultural issues. Consider this an extended hand to help you understand where your food comes from. So go grab a cup of coffee, find

Mike Brumm Commentary, Ventilation problems with ESF gestation housing, February 1st 2017

Mike Brumm Commentary, Ventilation problems with ESF gestation housing, February 1st 2017

In the past 2 months I’ve worked on new breed-wean projects and done ventilation audits on breed-wean sites with ESF feeding stations and large pen housing. A common problem with the ESF stations and the large pens (165-275 females/pen) is wet and slippery floors in the common traffic areas. A major reason for the wetness

Diana Prichard Pork Producer Blog, In The Absence of TPP Pork Producers Must Demand New Markets, January 31st 2017

Diana Prichard Pork Producer Blog, In The Absence of TPP Pork Producers Must Demand New Markets, January 31st 2017

Monday, just four days into his service as President of the United States, Donald Trump announced that he would be seeking immediate renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, as well as immediately withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The latter, perhaps more than any other issue, has been

Mike Brumm Commentary, VFD experiences after 3 weeks of implementation, January 25th 2017

Mike Brumm Commentary, VFD experiences after 3 weeks of implementation, January 25th 2017

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)

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Continues Rebound, January 23rd 2017

Jim Long Pork Commentary, U.S. Hog Market Continues Rebound, January 23rd 2017

Jim Long, President and CEO Genesus Genetics In November, U.S. market hogs touched $0.45 lean/lb. By the end of last week, 53-54% lean hogs were $0.66/lb. A month ago and a year ago, they were $0.57. Pork demand is strong. The extra money producers are getting is stopping financial losses.   Minnesota Pork Congress  

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