Facilities http://nationalhogfarmer.com/taxonomy/term/6596/more en Five Propane Conservation Tips for Pork Producers http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/five-propane-conservation-tips-pork-producers <div class="field-byline"> Source: Iowa State University. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the recent spike in propane prices, it’s never too soon to start conserving heating energy. Pork producers may have propane contracted at a reasonable rate but managing heating costs should always be a priority, especially when expenses are rising. “Often the first idea for saving heating fuel in hog buildings is to add insulation,” said Jay Harmon, professor in Ag and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. “However, ventilation management should actually come first because more than 80% of the heat loss in a swine building is due to improper ventilation.” Harmon offers these tips for conserving propane this winter. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/five-propane-conservation-tips-pork-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/five-propane-conservation-tips-pork-producers#comments Animal Well-Being Business Facilities Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:20:00 +0000 44781 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Image courtesy of Iowa State University. Group Sow Housing Alternatives: Building New vs. Remodeling Existing Facilities http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-alternatives-building-new-vs-remodeling-existing-facilities <div class="field-byline"> By Donald G. Levis Levis Worldwide Swine Consultancy </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Group-housing systems allow sows freedom to: (1) move around and explore their environment, (2) perform normal positive and negative social interactions with their pen-mates, (3) choose an area for urination and defecation, and (4) choose an area for sleeping.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-alternatives-building-new-vs-remodeling-existing-facilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-alternatives-building-new-vs-remodeling-existing-facilities#comments Facilities Blueprint Facilities Sow Management Sow Gestation Stalls Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:45:00 +0000 41482 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Group Sow Housing: Practical Considerations http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-practical-considerations <div class="field-byline"> By Lee J. Johnston and Yuzhi Li West Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When considering a change to group housing, the top-of-mind question for producers is: Can we reasonably expect to make this change without depressing sow performance and increasing our cost of production? This is a very difficult question to answer. Taking a very broad view of the topic, reviews of scientific studies and anecdotal reports in general suggest that there are no clear, repeatable advantages or disadvantages in sow performance when comparing group housing with individual stalls.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-practical-considerations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/group-sow-housing-practical-considerations#comments Animal Well-Being Facilities Blueprint Facilities Sow Management Sow Gestation Stalls Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:31:00 +0000 41422 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Group Sow housing Give Your Barn a Ventilation Checkup This Fall http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/give-your-barn-ventilation-checkup-fall <div class="field-byline"> Source: Minnesota Pork Producers Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Just as humans suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), where the airways to the lungs become congested, restricting air exchange, so too do swine production facilities across the Midwest have this same disease, according to a recent blog from Mike Brumm.</p> <p> Brumm writes a blog for Minnesota Pork Producers Association called &ldquo;Brumm Speaks Out,&rdquo; at <a href="http://www.mnpork.com/">http://www.mnpork.com</a>.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/give-your-barn-ventilation-checkup-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/give-your-barn-ventilation-checkup-fall#comments Facilities Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:54:00 +0000 39242 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Announcing National Hog Farmer's New Blueprint App http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/announcing-national-hog-farmers-new-blueprint-app <div class="node-body video-body">National Hog Farmer now offers the wealth of information contained in the popular Blueprint Series in a new app designed for both tablets and smartphones.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/announcing-national-hog-farmers-new-blueprint-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/business/announcing-national-hog-farmers-new-blueprint-app#comments Animal Well-Being Business Environment Facilities Health Marketing Nutrition Reproduction Resources Business & Marketing Facilities Feed Health Herd management Manure Nutrient Management Reproduction Sow Management Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:26:00 +0000 37482 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Warding Off Pit Foam Explosions http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/warding-pit-foam-explosions <div class="field-byline"> Source: University of Minnesota </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> With manure deep pits filling in August and September in the Upper Midwest comes heightened safety concerns for area swine farmers, warn University of Minnesota agricultural engineers Chuck Clanton and Larry Jacobson. &nbsp;<br /> </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/warding-pit-foam-explosions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/warding-pit-foam-explosions#comments Facilities Manure Management Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:54:00 +0000 37162 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Register for Sow Housing and Swine Nutrition Webinars http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/register-sow-housing-and-swine-nutrition-webinars <div class="field-byline"> Source: National Pork Board </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Producers battling high feed costs and swine housing decisions should tune into two upcoming free webinar series funded by the Pork Checkoff.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are a wide variety of options for housing gestating sows,&rdquo; says Sherrie Niekamp, Pork Checkoff director of animal welfare. &ldquo;These webinars will provide a summary of scientific literature and help producers make sound decisions about which housing type is best for their pigs given their resources and market.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/register-sow-housing-and-swine-nutrition-webinars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/register-sow-housing-and-swine-nutrition-webinars#comments Facilities Sow Gestation Stalls Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 35502 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com Photo courtesy of the National Pork Board. 2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour: Ro-Main OptiSCAN http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-optiscan <div class="field-deck"> It captures and records pig weights instantly </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The hand-held pig scanner captures and records pig weights instantly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-optiscan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-optiscan#comments Facilities World Pork Expo Tue, 16 Jul 2013 03:03:00 +0000 37782 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p> Marc Leuschner explains the OptiSCAN to the review panel.</p> Photo by Jim Bauer. 2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour: Once Innovations LED Swine Light http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-once-innovations-led-swine-light <div class="field-deck"> This LED light replaces incandescent bulbs in hog barns </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This LED light replaces incandescent bulbs and can be used in existing barns or in new construction. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-once-innovations-led-swine-light" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-once-innovations-led-swine-light#comments Facilities World Pork Expo Tue, 16 Jul 2013 02:20:00 +0000 37722 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p> The World Pork Expo New Product Review Panel learns about the benefits of the 14-watt swine light.</p> Photo by Jim Bauer. 2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour: Ro-Main No BackDraft Control http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-no-backdraft-control <div class="field-deck"> An airtight fan cover keeps unfiltered air from buildings </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An airtight fan cover prevents non-filtered air and pathogens from entering buildings when the fan's not running.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-no-backdraft-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nationalhogfarmer.com/facilities/2013-world-pork-expo-new-product-tour-ro-main-no-backdraft-control#comments Facilities World Pork Expo Tue, 16 Jul 2013 02:07:00 +0000 37702 at http://nationalhogfarmer.com <p> Jacquelin Labrecque (right) explains how the No BackDraft fan cover operates.</p> Photo by Jim Bauer.