Uniform pigs: A goal worth setting

The path to achieving full-value market hogs starts early.A group of uniform pigs is easier to manage, more efficiently utilizes inputs and broadens the opportunity to achieve full value at market. However, it’s no small achievement.   From... (more...)

SLP: The Next Step in Sow Productivity Measures

Sow lifetime productivity more fully represents total farm impact.Pigs per sow per year (PSY) has become the gold standard of sow productivity measures. But what does it really tell you? If a female pig weans 12 pigs in her first... (more...)

How to Manage Feed Efficiency for the Bottom Line

Focus on things you can control.The hog market is cyclical in nature, and during price downturns there’s a renewed urgency to fine-tune management. Anytime red ink begins to flow onto hog-farm ledgers it’s wise to sharpen management and attend to... (more...)

Design a Maintenance Plan to Maximize Performance

Preventative maintenance drives the health of the pigs, buildings and equipment.    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is not a motto to live by on a hog farm. In fact, building and equipment preventative maintenance deserves as much... (more...)

Cost of Heat Stress Has a Long Reach

Research shows negative effects of heat stress in gestation linger in growing pigs.  Regardless of the production stage, heat stress can cause negative outcomes for pigs. In growing pigs, the most likely impact is reduced feed intake and efficiency.... (more...)

Water: You can’t afford to take it for granted

A clean, accessible water supply is critical to keep pigs growing.Feed, vaccinations, medications and biosecurity are all priorities in a producer’s toolbox to keep pigs healthy and growing. Yet water is the nutrient that pigs consume in the greatest... (more...)

Contract Production Part III in a series: Securing Funds & Final Steps

Outlining considerations for contract productionThe finish line to raising hogs on contract is within reach. The initial decision-making process and commitment is complete, a pig supplier is on board, the site is selected and the permitting process... (more...)

Contract Production Part II in a series: Moving Forward with the Site

Outlining considerations for contract productionOnce you’ve thought through the idea of raising hogs on contract, the next steps involve selecting a site, starting the permitting process and preparing for construction.   “If you have contractor... (more...)

Contract Production Part I in a series: Do Your Homework Upfront

Farmweld equipped pig barn

Outlining considerations for contract productionFor anyone who has thought about raising hogs under contract, getting started can be a daunting task. The good news is that there are many options available today. Even better news is that you don’t... (more...)

Evaluating the Farrowing Room for Today, Tomorrow

An industry panel shares perspectives on farrowing room needsProductivity advancements can present subtle changes. Sure, a producer monitors his records and sets goals for continuous improvement, but space in existing barns remains constant. If a producer... (more...)

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