Hidden Costs of Sticking to Paper Barn Record, By Chris Bomgaars Founder of EveryPig

Dr. Logan Huisman of Farmers Cooperative Society – Proven Swine Management using EveryPig.

In an era where technological advancements are reshaping industries virtually each week, the pork production sector stands at a critical crossroads. While the constant pressure to become more efficient increases, many producers remain satisfied with outdated, paper-based barn records, unknowingly jeopardizing their livelihoods in the process.

For those who identify as: ‘old school and low tech’ in the audience, it’s essential to understand that clinging to outdated processes comes at a significant cost. Let’s dive into why continuing to use paper barn records creates a ticking time bomb for pork producers.

1. Missed Opportunities for Efficiency

Digitization isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a lifeline for businesses seeking to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. Yet, shockingly, only a small percentage of forward thinking pork producers have started to embrace digital records. This reluctance translates into missed opportunities for streamlining workflows, optimizing resource allocation, and ultimately, boosting profitability. The lack of technology use in your company is also hampering your ability to attract younger, ambitious employees.

2. Real-Time Insights: A Game-Changer

Every penny counts in our industry and the ability to access real-time data can mean the difference between profit or loss. Consider this scenario we were told about by a long time customer: a load of pigs scheduled to market was recently treated with antibiotics, unbeknownst to the producer. The group of pigs was scheduled to go to market the next day. The producer had a process in place of monitoring the digital barnsheets of each group marketing to ensure they stayed compliant with packer standards, and was able to cancel the load before it got to the packer. Our customer told us that having access to digital records saved them their relationship with the packer and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in packer fines.

3. Lower Mortality Rates

Wean to finish mortality rates are an often overlooked area in our industry; while diseases are posing a constant threat to herd health. Yet, relying on outdated mortality reports from weeks or months ago leaves producers playing catch-up in a game where timing is everything. By transitioning to digital barnsheets, producers gain access to real-time data insights, empowering them to detect and address health issues swiftly, thus safeguarding both animal welfare and profitability.

Most producers do not have the proper tools in place to recognize health challenges fast enough. If you’re looking at historical mortality reports, you’re not saving pig lives. It’s too late.

4. Embracing Change for a Sustainable Future

The reluctance to adopt digital barnsheets isn’t just a matter of convenience; it’s a question of survival. As the industry evolves and consumer expectations shift, businesses must adapt or risk being left behind. By embracing digitalization, producers can future-proof their operations, paving the way for greater efficiency, transparency, and sustainability.

In conclusion, the era of paper barnsheets is rapidly becoming a relic of the past. Pork production will not be the only industry that does not go digital. For producers determined to thrive in an increasingly challenging landscape, the time to embrace digitalization is now. By leveraging technology to gain real-time insights, mitigate risks, and drive efficiency, producers can position themselves for long-term success. It’s time to say goodbye to paper and usher in a new era of innovation and opportunity in pork production. Your bacon—and your bottom line—will thank you for it.

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