Power outages bring with them a different set of circumstances to every animal operation. Questions about animal care and animal health products in the midst of electricity loss should be directed to your veterinarian.
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Weather this time of year can change in a hurry. So how many of you as dairy producers have heeded the warning and taken the time to prepare for the upcoming winter?
Barns and the equipment within them are a major capital investment. It makes sense to invest time in maintenance, repairs and attention to detail to ensure the longevity of structures.
An important foundation of the efficiency of modern pork production is the industry emphasis on biosecurity. Wean-to-finish barns may provide better biosecurity than separate nursery and grow-finish facilities.
Newly weaned pigs have some special considerations when it comes to heating. The environmental conditions during this period can have a direct effect on the long-term health of pigs.
Ventilation systems have the potential to maximize swine production with regard to animal growth and performance. Understanding the rationale behind their design can help any manager do the best job possible.
As we move into the summer season, it is important to check for proper function of fans in your operation. When selecting new or replacement fans, it is critical to evaluate the flowrate requirement at the static pressure you will be operating, compare the efficiency of fan options, and ask your equipment supplier for detailed performance specifications.
Air infiltration in large, confined swine operations has been an on-going problem for producers for many years. Regardless of technological advancements in building design and construction, unwanted air penetration continues to be a consistent problem.
Being prepared for an emergency on your dairy can significantly improve recovery time from an unexpected incident.