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Over the last 25+ years, the market weight of pigs grown in the U.S. has increased over 30 lbs (13.6kg). Why is this? The short answer is ‘more profit.’ Improvements in genetics, nutrition, health, and equipment/installations over this time...
Benefits include improved heating zone and less maintenance. 1) Less labor for upkeep. Most growers have limited time and labor they can devote to maintaining equipment because of crop farming or an off-the-farm job. The math is pretty simple...a typical 200'...
A new sow complex is now under construction featuring the first prefabricated steel swine barns in the United States. Compared to traditional wood structures, the steel buildings are designed to offer a more biosecure, flame-retardant and energy-efficient environment for...
Being prepared during cold, winter weather will help your livestock winter a little easier. Cold temperatures can cause some challenges in small and hobby farm livestock barns, but using some easy techniques you can manage your livestock successfully during the...
The excessive amount of ice and snow that has fallen this winter has livestock owners concerned about snow load and potential roof collapse. The design roof snow load for residential buildings in MN is set by state statutes and...
Prevent cold weather heat loss from fan shutters. A 54" summer exhaust fan comes equipped with a 58"x 58" shutter (23 sq. ft.) constructed of individual 3-1/2" wide vanes. If the vanes sealed perfectly during cold weather, the only heat...
Step-by-step tutorial guides you in replacing worn anchor bearings. To source the correct replacement, click this Cross-Reference Chart.  Click to watch the video. Begin by shutting off the power to the feed system. Next close the slide on the...
Farmscape for December 2, 2022 Full Interview 9:05 Listen The Strategic Advisor Agriculture with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services says the key to maintaining a safe agricultural work place is to have a plan and to make sure everyone...
Andy Altenburg offers practical advice on evaluating slats in an existing facility. Over the last 27 years, Altenburg Construction has built a reputation as the Midwest's slat replacement professionals.  We caught up with the owner, Andy Altenburg, to discuss what...
Rising fuel costs have made it even more important to seal and insulate our livestock buildings. There are several steps producers can take to reduce the energy used to operate curtain-sided facilities.  (Infrared photo illustrating heat loss from a...
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