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Should We Sell Directly to Consumers? This question has been asked of me several times. With the hardships going on with the hog market, is it time to sell directly to consumers? First and foremost, I am not opposed to anyone...
Two lingering cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) at different finishing units were frustrating Ross Kiehne, veterinarian with Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, Minnesota. “These barns tested positive to PED before, but these were sites we wanted to use for...
Minnesota Pork Congress – prop 12 When I attended the Minnesota Pork Congress earlier this week, I sat in on a breakout session about Prop 12. *** Just as a reminder – Prop 12 was a ballot initiative passed by the...
Let me just start with, raising healthy pigs is not easy. Raising healthy pigs start before the pigs are born by choosing the right genetics. There are certain pig issues that coincide with specific genetics. This is why we work...
You may have heard the hog industry is facing some challenges. As a pig farmer, it’s not a lot of fun. There are many issues going on and I am going to try and break down what I feel...
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM? And what might that be? Farm Transitions Baby boomers own and still farm the majority of the farmland. It is estimated that 70% of farmland will change hands in the next 20 years. That’s...
Originally printed in The LAND - as January 5, 2024 Swine & U column The term sustainability is ubiquitous in modern agriculture, perhaps ad nauseam. While the common desire is to be infinite – as one farmer suggested as a...
The life and business of farming is so unique and really hard to describe to anyone who is not from the farming community. I have taken the liberty to enlighten our elected officials on a few attributes about farmers....
Winter has arrived and we have seasonal disease concerns, both in the pig barn and with the caretakers. For the past three years we have been immersed in learning all we can about COVID-19, but the usual winter worries...
We have a clock radio that turns on at 6 am every morning. We used to listen to local news, but the “local” news is no longer local. I guess not everyone listens to the radio for news anymore....
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