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Monday, November 05, 2018
Genesus CEO predicts bright future for US pork
Jim Long Pork Commentary: November 2018. In mid-August the US had lean hogs in the mid 40’s and losses were $40 per head. Now profit estimates over the next twelve months are averaging in the $15 - $20...
Remodelling project increases farrowing crate footprint
While litter size has steadily increased from 7.5 in the 1950's to 11.0 in the 2000's, the standard size of a farrowing crate has remained the same at 5'x7'....
Robust and extremely versatile: the Vario 8L volume dispenser can dose from 100 g to 5 kg
The new Big Dutchman volume dispenser Vario 8L is the first feed dispenser for sows that is available in all required configurations and that can, moreover, dispense small portions of as little as 100...
Friday, November 02, 2018
Monitoring the alarms of all farm locations at all times
Digital Animal Farming is this year’s EuroTier special, and farms are indeed becoming ever more complex and connected....
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Island Acres sow farm
The production site consists of a 160'x 352' stanchion gestation house and a 139' x 286' farrowing house with 440 farrowing crates....
Hypor announces birth of first batch of Maxter piglets
Successful companies don’t react to change; they drive it. With that in mind, at the beginning of this year Hypor opened the doors on a new state-of-the-art facility in Sichamps, France....
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
17 years of detective work, shared experiences helping pork industry get ahead of PRRS
The evolution of knowledge about porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is now enabling pork producers and their veterinarians to make headway combating this difficult and costly disease....
VFD offers improved control of variable speed fans
Most power ventilated livestock facilities rely on some method of control input to reduce the amount of air exhausted during colder weather. The farm operator calculates the number of animals and their...
BIG: the first valve for installation at a 30-degree angle
Big Dutchman presents a market innovation for computer-controlled dry feeding systems at EuroTier 2018 in Hanover: the BIG dry feed valve is the first computer-controlled feed valve that can be installed...
Monday, October 29, 2018
Direct cooling with stir fans and sprinklers
Although tunnel ventilated finishing houses are the most common choice for new construction, many curtain-sided, naturally ventilated buildings are still in use. The summer performance of these facilities...
Tails or testicles: Which are better for PRRSV monitoring?
Pooled serum samples are a common method to monitor porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) in piglets. But this typically involves a limited number of samples, which reduces the sensitivity...
Zoetis Influence Feed: Food scientists speak up
Stay current on the latest food and agriculture issues impacting your business with Influence Feed by Zoetis. Influence Feed tracks the top 1,500 most influential voices across all segments of food and...
Drive wheel made of cast plastic runs quietly and allows for longer dry feeding systems
In many regions of the world, the trend towards larger pig houses continues. ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Less ammonia, more welfare: a toilet helps
At EuroTier 2018, Big Dutchman presents PigT, a new type of toilet for pigs that significantly reduces ammonia emissions in barns. ...
Friday, October 26, 2018
Jim Long Pork Commentary: U.S. hog marketing’s soar
Last week the U.S. marketed 2,589,000 hogs, up from 120,000 a year ago. We expect last week’s number is one of the highest weeks ever....
Get acquainted with the Global Mega Producers
Pork— it’s a global business. No matter the size or location of your hog operation, the name of the game is to sell pounds of pork. The good news is the world loves pork. As the most consumed animal...
Genesus Global Market Report: Russia October 2018
The Russian pig Price remains strong at 107 Roubles (US$1.65) per kg live-weight including 10% VAT. ...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Xaletto: the economic management system for closed houses with straw bedding
Pig equipment supplier Big Dutchman from Vechta and feed producer Bröring (Dinklage) jointly present the new Xaletto management system for closed houses with straw bedding at EuroTier 2018....
Taking ownership of your career development
An editorial by Roxanne Lagano Chief HR Officer at Zoetis...
Natural feed additives as alternatives to in-feed antibiotics in nursery pigs
Intensive pig production puts additional stress on the weaned piglet at a time of already heightened vulnerability to infections. With a global trend towards the reduction and elimination of antibiotics...
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
New Bon Accord nucleus facility: Bigger, bolder, better
Given that “fortune favours the bold”, the rebuilt Bon Accord nucleus facility is a bold move that will pay off big-time for the pork industry. ...
Quarantine window for feed ingredients may reduce hog disease risk
Foreign animal diseases (FAD) are top of mind as the ongoing outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in China, Belgium and elsewhere, have raised the stakes to implement new practices designed to minimise...
Monday, October 22, 2018
Castration rule change a chance for Europe’s producers to get ‘smarter, faster’
Changes to rules around pig castration in Europe should be viewed as an opportunity to improve welfare and efficiencies rather than a problem producers need to overcome, says pig health expert...
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Bait stations improve rodent control
The use of bait stations improves the effectiveness of any rodent control program. ...
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Genesus Global Market Report: France October 2018
This summer the average pork price has been much lower than summer from the previous year and reached a maximum price of 1.296 €/kg (1,498 $/ kg carcass) at the beginning of September....
Friday, October 19, 2018
Jim Long Pork Commentary: The markets are always moving
Some weeks we don’t have much to write about. It seems either we or the markets are in a doldrum. Probably we are more than the markets. The markets are always moving....
Better feed conversion, more profit for your wallet
In theory, the secret to boosting your pork profits is simple: spend less and make more. Yet with ever increasing feed costs eating into your bottom line, that’s easier said than done....
Genesus Global Market Report: Canada – Reverse of fortunes (kind of)
Eight weeks ago, in my August 13th Commentary Bob Hunsberger, Wallenstein Farm Supply, projected profits for the next 12 months at ($10.96) per pig average and producer profitability levels that week ($19.25)...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Absolutely the least exciting thing about raising pigs
Maintenance. We all know it's important but it’s not something anybody gets excited about doing....
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Medicator aids Show Pig production
Adding a water-based medicator adds flexibility to your management options. ...
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