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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 and…

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…

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…