Dale Miller


A Minnesota native and animal science graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dale joined the National Hog Framer editorial staff in 1973. He has traveled to most states and many foreign countries, studying and reporting on pork production practices throughout the world. Dale’s writing and photography have won numerous awards over the years, including the American Association of Agricultural Editors’ Master Writer award in 2006. He has been recognized with the Honorary Master Pork Producer award by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Minnesota Swine Honor Roll, the National Swine Improvement Federation Distinguished Service award, and in 2010, received the Pork Checkoff Pork Industry Distinguished Service award. Dale remains active in pork production by raising purebred Chester White breeding stock, F-1 gilts and premium locker pork.

New Digs, Old Files
A couple of months ago, word came down that we would be moving from the third floor to a smaller space on the sixth floor in the same office building. Being a bit of a pack rat, I was faced with the daunting task of paring down the contents of a cache of filing cabinets to a “more manageable” number. So, for the last month or so, I set aside a few hours each week to pore through pork industry files that dated back to the early 1970s.
How Housing Affects Sow Performance
Producer conducts side-by-side comparisons of sow housing options.
Untangling the Iodine Value Riddle
Distiller's Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) has become the go-to ingredient to substitute for higher-priced corn in swine diets. Some packers have put producers on notice that the excessive iodine value levels in carcass fat that result from DDGS inclusion in the diets will be met with price penalties.
Keeping a Lid on Iodine Values
Iodine value pressure points have pushed producers and their nutritionists to learn more about iodine values, what affects them, and what can be done to meet packer restrictions.
A Pig is What it Eats
A recent press release announced that the ethanol industry had overtaken livestock as the largest consumer of the nation’s corn supply. The release, citing data from North American Risk Management Services, Inc., explained that ethanol production had nearly quadrupled between 2005 and 2011, now gobbling up 5.02 billion bushels, more than 40% of last year’s harvest. Corn use for livestock and poultry feed fell 22% during that period and now accounts for about 4.79 billion bushels of the 2011 crop.
Focusing on Pigs’ True Amino Acid Needs
A key determinant of amino acid requirements is whole-body protein deposition, which is very closely associated with lean tissue growth; these two measures are essentially interchangeable, according to Kees de Lange, swine nutritionist at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Getting a Handle on Whole-Herd Feed Efficiency
A variety of herd-management factors influence whole-herd feed efficiency.
$5 Million Focused On Feed Efficiency
The goal for the International Symposium on Feed Efficiency in Swine was to establish the current state of the art of feed efficiency.
Life Reports


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How would you summarize the hog business in 2011?
That’s a wrap.” Three little words uttered by a movie director when the final scene is finished have a succinct message: we’ve done all we can with the time and resources at our disposal, it’s now time to move on.
Words of Wisdom
When an industry stalwart announces retirement, I sit up and take notice. Such was the case when George Foxcroft, reproductive biologist at the University of Alberta, presented his keynote address at the Al Leman Swine Conference recently
High Marks for Manure Management: Progress in Manure Management
The manure management progress is documented in a series of three studies conducted in 1998, 2004 and 2009 — a period of rapid change in the U.S. pork industry
Flirting With 30 Pigs/Mated Female/Year Goal
Even as a young boy, Terry Hauder, part owner and manager of the Hauder-Martin PC breed-to-wean facilities near Milford, NE, had a passion for pigs. “When we came home from vacation, the first thing I would do is run out to check the pigs in the barns”
Super Swine Olympics for the Fun of It
The Land magazine, a regional agricultural and rural life weekly distributed in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, carried a fun feature about the “Farm Chore Olympics” staged at the Dickinson County Fair in Milford, IA this summer
Designing ‘greener’ pig barns
As feed costs continue to climb, pork producers are redoubling efforts to maximize pig growth and efficiency. In some cases, that means updating or reconfiguring grow-finish facilities to match breed-to-wean pig flows, while older, ill-matched facilities are being razed and replaced.
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