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Livestock Ventilation System Design Series – Part 3: Chimney vs. Western-Style Technology

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This blog is Part Three of our three-part series highlighting livestock ventilation system designs, with a focus on chimney vs. western-style mechanical ventilation systems. Follow the links for Part One and Part Two here. Maintaining the health of your livestock is essential to a productive agricultural business, contributing to profitability by preventing disease and reducing…

Livestock Ventilation System Design Series – Part 2: Natural & Mechanical Ventilation

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This blog is Part Two of our three-part series highlighting livestock ventilation system designs, with a focus on natural ventilation and mechanical ventilation. Read Part One here. Livestock ventilation systems contribute not only to animal health, leading to a higher-quality finished product and better profitability, but also to the health of their caretakers. The type…

Livestock Ventilation System Design Series – Part 1: Factors to Consider

This blog is Part One of our three-part series highlighting livestock ventilation system designs. Livestock farmers understand how important maintaining their animals’ health and comfort is to their bottom line. Livestock ventilation systems contribute to profitability by helping to maintain good air quality not only for their animals but also for those who care for…

Seeing the Value in Uniform Market Animal Weight

Seeing the Value in Uniform Market Animal Weight

Although average market pig weights have improved in recent decades thanks to lean growth and feed efficiency, recent Purdue Extension research reveals that producers still make market animal sorting mistakes that increase sort loss and reduce the number of pigs sent at optimal market weight for processing.

A Guide to Optimizing Sow Feed Intake

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Creating the optimal environment for farrowing sows can help to minimize the challenges producers face when it comes to maintaining proper body condition and raising healthy piglets, as sow well-being will always be a constant concern within our industry. Improvements to sow feeding are a clear opportunity for improvement to body condition, overall health, increased…

Pig Performance Testing: An Overview of the Osborne FIRE System

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In pig and other livestock breeding, feed conversion is one of the most essential criteria for genetic selection. The more efficiently an animal is able to convert feed into body mass, the faster it can get to market. Identifying superior feed conversion characteristics is important as this trait is passed on from parent to offspring.…

Big Wheel Feeder Selection Guide

Selecting the right Big Wheel Feeder for a small group of animals depends on the general age or size of animals and the total number of animals in the group. Ranging from a tiny, single-bushel nursery feeder for pigs as old as 10 days to a 2+ ton capacity outdoor finishing feeder, there’s a Big…

Choosing the Right Feeder for a Small Group of Pigs

Choosing the right feeding equipment is just as important as providing proper housing for any group of finishing pigs. Over the years, advancements in improving feeding efficiency and waste reduction has led to countless feeder options available to producers. Gone are the days where pigs were fed from the “slop bucket” or by simply throwing…

Housing Options for a Small Group of Pigs: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re thinking about raising some pigs of your own, take into consideration one of the most important aspects in raising the animals: their housing. How will you plan on housing your pigs? Several options exist other than the traditional “hog barn” which is most efficiently used with large groups of animals. If you are…

Tips for Managing Livestock in Hoop Building Production

It is crucial for farmers who raise finishing pigs to be aware of the various housing options available for their livestock, including the hoop barn structure. While this type of housing is known to serve as a successful alternative to more standard structures, there are various advantages and disadvantages based on each grower’s unique circumstances…