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New nursery, new generation grows family farm

Hoffman/Drake Farms began raising weaned pigs on the home farm in 2000 with the construction of two 2,000-head nurseries.  This year another nursery and...

5 ways Electronic Sow Feeding technology pays you back

You can’t get back time, your youth or maybe even the money you loaned your kids. But you can earn back investments in technology. Case...

Learn the Sights, Sounds, Smells of a Normal Wean-to-finish Barn

Key in on these three senses during your daily walk throughs to ensure the pigs’ needs are being met. Standard operating procedures may differ between...

Motor nameplate key to selecting replacements.

What do Service Factor, Full Load Amps, and Service Factor Amps tell us about a motor. Livestock and poultry operations subject electric motors to very...

Born in Barn? Please Keep Your Doors Shut

Remember your mother asking you if you were "born in a barn"? Because every time you came into the house you left the door...

Comparing OEM and catalog motors.

Not all motors are created equal.   Know the difference and save money when purchasing replacement feed and fan motors for your farm. Catalog or stock...

AP Tips for Proper Barn Ventilation During Winter Months

Proper barn ventilation is important year-round, but especially during winter months to protect swine health and promote energy efficiency. “Ventilation is not always top of...

5 efficiency gains with automated sorting scale technology

Nobody has money to burn these days. Thin margins call for real-time information on finishing pig weight and performance. This knowledge helps make feeding...

Fine-tune your fogger system

Check these quick tips to help increase animal comfort during hot weather. The basic principle is pretty straightforward, wet the pig's skin and let...

Extend Hog Facility Longevity with Quarterly and Annual Maintenance Checks

Quarterly or annual maintenance checks support hog facility longevity and can be scheduled with a change of season or pig flow schedule. On-farm tasks that...
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