Quick facts Feeder design and access is the main factor affecting pig feed intake of a nutritionally-balanced diet to meet their nutrient needs. If pigs don’t eat enough of their diet, their growth performance is at risk despite the diet’s...
What is the best way to house sows? Is it gestation crates? Is it group housing? Is it outdoor living? I hope to answer why pig farmers use gestation crates. For most people, sow housing raises a lot of...
Yes, our pigs live in barns, and I will tell you why. If we lived in a utopian world, I would have no problem with our pigs living outdoors. In fact, I probably would live outdoors right alongside them. A Utopian...
Quick facts Hunger often results from optimizing reproductive performance by feeding less during gestation. Chronic hunger can lead to aggression and cause fight-related injuries in sows. Feeding high fiber diets can help satisfy the sow’s hunger without affecting reproductive...
In the vast majority of pig farms, breeding boars are nowhere to be found. So how can sows be pregnant with no board around? The majority of sows in the U.S. are bred using a technique called Artificial Insemination,...
Over the past month I have had many conversations about property insurance with our clients. While it is the time of year for finalizing business plans and forecasts for the future, the discussions have focused around coverage, premiums and...
On-farm events are a great way to connect the agricultural community with consumers. For many consumers, this may be their only exposure to agriculture. These events are fun, educational, and a great way to network and make connections for...
What is Proposition 12? Proposition 12 is a ballot initiative the citizens of California voted for. The proposition talks about new space requirements for livestock, including pigs. Currently, only 5% of farms would meet the new requirements. The pork industry...
Source: PigHealthToday.com When a sow doesn’t reach her full potential, the cost to the farm and the cost to the income stream of the sow herd is often “grossly underestimated,” said John Deen, DVM, PhD a professor at the University...
As 2021 winds down, it’s time to think of next year–thus, My Top 8 Wish List for 2022. 1. Farming This is a big topic. I know I can’t do it justice but I will try to sum up a few...
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