Mike Brumm Commentary, Monthly checklists, May 24th 2017

I’m often asked for checklists that can help employees and barn owners keep up on the little things that make a ventilation system successful in meeting the moisture and heat removal goals that the system was designed for. I ran across the following in my files today as an example of what a monthly list

PORK Academy Seminars Offer On-Farm Tips

Attend sessions at World Pork Expo June 7-8 he Pork Checkoff’s Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions will return to World Pork Expo, with seminars held Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual sessions help educate pig farmers on the latest

Restraint Of Livestock

Temple Grandin Assistant Professor Department of Animal Sciences Colorado State University. During twenty years of work on livestock handling and design of restraining devices for animals I have observed that many people attempt to restrain animals with sheer force instead of using behavioral principles. Improvements in the design of restraining devices enhances animal welfare and

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown from the University of Missouri, May 22nd 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Fed cattle were down for the week coming off of very high prices a couple of weeks ago. We are down for the week on feeder cattle $1 to $4 , feeder calves were steady to $3 lower. Choice beef cutout was up over $4 this

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Life Before GMO’s, May 18th 2017

Yesterday I had the honor of being interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio. The subject of the interview is how agriculture has changed over the years, specifically technology changes. I was chosen because my family has been farming for many years. In fact, we are in the midst of planting our 39th crop.  So yes, I

Mike Brumm Commentary, Are there too many pig barns? May 17th 2017

This weekend I drove from Mankato to eastern South Dakota. Lots of planters in the field and it appears that a majority of the corn in southern Minnesota is in the ground. It’s been wetter in eastern South Dakota so more evidence of corn still being planted. By the time of my return on Sunday

Alltech Acquires Montana-Based WestFeeds

Strengthening its commitment to bringing the latest field-proven technologies to Western U.S. livestock producers and companion animal owners, Alltech has purchased WestFeeds, a leading animal nutrition company in Montana. “WestFeeds has a strong reputation of providing producers with high quality animal nutrition products,” said Michael Castle, COO of Alltech. “We believe there is great benefit

How to manage difficult farrowings

Singleton, SF Amass, LK Clark, LJ Runnels   Fortunately, difficult farrowings are not very common in present swine production systems. The sow will need help in less than 1% of all farrowings. Sows about to farrow should be observed approximately every 30 to 60 minutes. Familiarizing yourself with the normal birthing process is the first

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown from the University of Missouri, May 15th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •Market recap through Thursday’s close: It’s been a pretty good week in the hog market. Hogs ended the week up about $4.50 through Thursday’s close. Pork cutout was up $4.37, with strength across the board and added help from stronger belly prices. Cattle were down about

Wanda Schott Patsche Pork Producer Commentary, Top 5 Myths About GMO Foods, May 11th 2017

It seems everywhere I turn, I am constantly reading about how GMOs (genetically modified organism) are going to be the death of civilization. Or at least close to it. Let’s examine five myths about GMO foods. First, let’s start with what GMO technology is. The term GMO is most commonly used to refer to crop plants