Investigating ventilation system requirements for a sow gestation barn converted to group housing

Computer simulation was utilized to assess the performance of different ventilation system configurations needed for a sow gestation barn newly-converted to group housing. Various configurations of the ventilation system involving varying capacities and locations of exhaust fans as well as size, design and location of air inlets, were examined based on indoor air quality (i.e.,

USDA Issues: “Livestock, Dairy And Poultry Outlook” Report.

Source: USDA news release To view the complete report, click here. The Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook for November 2017 analyzes economic impacts on animal product markets of month-to-month changes in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates Report.

Secure Pork Supply plan: Beginning steps to safeguard your herd

As seen in The US hasn’t encountered a foreign animal disease (FAD) for decades, but it remains a lingering and serious risk as long as countries throughout the world are dealing with foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF) and African swine fever (ASF). The reality is that an FAD would not only stop

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, November 20th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •This week in markets – Ahead of the Holiday week livestock markets took a tumble. Cash hog prices are $2.00 lower for the week and lean hog futures also closed $2.00 lower. Pork value was flat for the week thanks in large part to belly prices,

Pork Producers Encouraged to Step Up Involvement in National Swine Health Programming

Farmscape for November 14, 2017 Full Interview 6:41 Listen The Canadian Pork Council is encouraging pork producers to become more involved in and aware of national swine health programs to guard against the growing threat caused by PRRS. PRRS virus creates respiratory and reproductive challenges in pigs causing significant mortality and morbidity and has been

See the Benefits of Cross-protection Against Swine Influenza By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis

By Micah L. Jansen, DVM, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis   Can you see swine influenza in your operation right away? Often, we can’t answer this question just by looking because clinical signs aren’t always visible, even when disease is present.1   It is easy to see how quickly this hidden challenge can get out of

Minnesota Hutterite Colony diversifies to build on success

Source: Agrinews Dan Kleinsasser of the Golden Valley Hutterite Colony near Ryegate, Mont. looks over hardware in stock Valley Steel, LLC. The new venture builds custom steel siding and roofing products. Last spring, members of the Golden Valley Hutterite Colony plowed under their lentil field and on the land began construction of a manufacturing plant.

Getting pigs off to a good start with better gut health

 As seen in Podcast: Play in new window | Download Improved education of caretakers is one way pork producers can help ensure their pigs have a healthy gut and get off to a good start, Noel Garbes, DVM, technical services veterinarian, Zoetis, told Pig Health Today. There’s plenty of knowledge and discussion about the

USMEF Elects New Officer Team

On Nov. 7, 2014, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its annual Strategic Planning Conference in Arlington, Virginia, with election of new officers. Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, is USMEF chair, succeeding Mark Jagels of Davenport, Nebraska. Saunders is co-founder and president of Where Food Comes From, an agricultural and food verification and

Weekly Livestock Market Update with Scott Brown, November 6th 2017

Some highlights from this week’s Weekly Livestock Market Update: •It’s been a strong week for cattle markets. Cash fed cattle up $8.00 to $10.00 for the week. Feeder cattle are steady to $8.00 higher with continued strong demand. Choice beef cutout value is up $5.30 for the week – this was the highest since July