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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…

The True Value of Livestock Production Data Collection

Cutting-edge technology is now being used across the livestock production industry to improve efficiency, reduce human error, and help to target specific issues for better performance. When compared with more traditional methods, such as a basic pencil and paper, it’s a “no-brainer” to instead use this technology to automatically collect animal data that can be…

3 Tips for Raising Pigs Outside

Raising pigs outdoors presents some specific requirements in order to keep the herd healthy and happy. It all comes down to maintaining a close eye on your livestock and taking the proper measures to protect against any issues that could arise, like inclement weather or illness. Below, Osborne tackles some of our most coveted tips…

The Benefits of Portable Livestock Weighing Scales

Analytics play such a prominent role in measuring herd performance on commercial farms that the data collected on livestock can be used to improve productivity and make informed management decisions. Nowhere has this become more evident than the data collected in weighing livestock. It has proven so beneficial for farmers that portable livestock weighing scales…

Heating Pad Temperature Ranges: What is Safe?

Of prime importance for any swine operation is providing a proper farrowing environment for your sow and piglets. Maximum performance for your herd begins on day one, with every effort made to ensure the comfort and care of the animals. At the top of the list for creature comfort is achieving an ideal temperature for…