Connecting the Post-weaning Mortality Dots for the Future

pen of grower pigs

Courtesy of the National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa Research continues to develop long-term strategies to maximize pig survivability, quality and well-being. It’s no exaggeration to say that 2020 may well be the U.S. pork industry’s most challenging... (more...)

Illinois Pork and Farmweld Donate 1,340 Pounds of Pork Loin to Food Pantries

The Master's Hands Pork Donation April 2020

     (Above Left) Roger Meyers, store manager at Kirby Foods IGA in Effingham, IL, delivered pork loins to Enduring Freedom Ministries, Shumway, IL. (Above Right) Pictured left to right: The Master’s Hands volunteer, Quincy Vanderhoff; and... (more...)

Tech, trade, workforce: Keeping pace with manufacturing side of pork industry

stainless welder welding

By Kay Shipman FarmWeek – Feb 20, 2020 A fiber optic laser works through the night, perfectly cutting metal materials for assembly. That technology, imported from Germany, provides components for human co-workers at Farmweld. Robotic welders assist... (more...)

Time to Prioritize Your People Assets

hog barn employee training

Courtesy of the National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa As pork production faces a long-term labor shortage, employee retention is critical. Every day on every hog farm, pigs are the priority. The objective is to meet the pigs’ needs, and it’s up to... (more...)

Nursery or Wean-to-Finish: Finding What’s Best for Pigs and People

Nursery pigs - 'Courtesy of the National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa'

Picture Courtesy of the National Pork Board, Des Moines, Iowa Health, mortality rates and more robust pigs have some producers re-evaluating weaned-pig systems. Pork production practices are an individual preference; what works for one person or farm... (more...)

Farmweld celebrates 40 years serving the pork industry

Farmweld 40th Anniversary Blend Coffee

To mark the milestone, the company has developed the Farmweld 40th Anniversary Blend coffee as a token of appreciation for its customers. Dec 10, 2019 – published on Over the past 40 years, U.S. pork production has made... (more...)

Pork for Pantries

Farmweld 2019 pork donation to Catholic Charities

Lori Runde at Catholic Charities in Teutopolis   Jonathan Wakefield at Freedom Ministries in Shumway   Mel Gray with Farmweld and Alan Kollmann from Illinois Pork Producers at The Master’s Hands November 20, 2019 – by Charles Mills... (more...)

Remodeling: Is it right for you?

wean-to-finish barn with hogs

Structural soundness dictates a hog barn’s remodeling potential, but there is much to consider.   Perhaps you have a hog barn in need of upgrades, or you’re thinking about changing its function or are looking to purchase a building and want... (more...)

Farmweld Leads in Hog-Production Manufacturing

Farmweld Avenue and back lot expansion

– Crystal Reed, Effingham Daily News – Jul 18, 2019   Located on the edge of Teutopolis, Farmweld is one of the leading hog production manufacturers in the industry. “We have a system of products for all aspects of a farmer’s needs... (more...)

Group sow housing: No one size fits all

group sow housing or stalls picture comparison

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...)

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