Group sow housing: No one size fits all

group sow housing or stalls combo

The key is finding what works for you.       Pork producers continuously surpass productivity levels because of years of trial, error and refinement. Management is key and what works for one producer, the pigs, staff or facilities may not work... (more...)

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

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

manage feed efficiency

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

pig barn maintenance plan

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

heat stress has 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

water - most consumed nutrient

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 : Securing Funds & Final Steps

contract production funds & steps

Outlining considerations for contract production The 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 : Selecting Site & Permitting

contract production site & permitting

Outlining considerations for contract production Once 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

contract production considerations

Outlining considerations for contract production For 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...)

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