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Pig Heating Pads vs Heat Lamps: What’s the Difference?

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Two methods for keeping pigs warm – pig heating pads and heat lamps – are commonly used in pig farming to keep animals warm, with each method having advantages and disadvantages. For young pigs, the type of heating and where it’s placed greatly affect the animal’s health, along with how quickly the pigs grow. Creating…

14 Advantages of Utilizing Automated Pig Management Software

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Over the years, pig producers have often selected animals going to market by just visually inspecting them—a method that isn’t very accurate. Technology has transformed modern pig farming, bringing many advantages for both farmworkers and animals. Automation driven by pig management software makes farm operations much more efficient, allowing fewer workers to care for more…

12 Ways Automatic Pig Sorting Technology Can Improve Performance

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The development of smart technology for use in livestock farming offers significant advantages for hog farmers, including improvements to pig health, lower labor costs and even better meat quality. Using monitoring technology, pig farmers can now glean insights from hard data, taking much of the guesswork out of marketing meat animals. One of the more…

Overcoming bridging issues in bulk feed bins

July 6, 2021 – Bridging issues in bulk feed tanks have been a longtime challenge faced by producers. Both bridging and “rat-holing” inside bulk bins owing to feeds with added fat, extra-fine grinding, and high heat and humidity contribute to inadequate feed flow through delivery systems and frequent out-of-feed events for animals across species. Repeated…

The History of Pig Farrowing Pens

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Evidence for the domestication of sus scrofa domesticus – or in common parlance, the “domestic pig” – extends back over 10 thousand years ago, though the first examples of pig farrowing pens only appeared in the early 19th century. Some of the earliest examples come from the United Kingdom, where in 1807 “Mr. Pattinson’s Pig…

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…