Providing stockmanship training for workers handling livestock is key to preventing injuries.
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The University of Minnesota’s Yuzhi Li, funded by a succession of National Institute of Food and Agriculture grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has investigated alternative feed grains for organic pigs, the prevalence and control of parasites in pastured pigs, and has embarked on a new organic rye and swine research study.
The Covid pandemic’s residual requirements and effects on farm family health have left us with additional thoughts about how to deal with emergencies and how to practice all levels of safety at work.
WASECA — A fire in rural Waseca left about 12,000 pigs dead and two barns destroyed late Sunday into Monday.
Transporters will need to take necessary steps in order to protect pigs from the elements, prevent stress, and bring them safely to their destination — especially as we move into winter months and colder temperatures.
Some pork producers recently have observed suboptimal performance of nursery pigs which they suspected might be caused by poor water quality.
In the swine sector, harvest plant closures have taken the bloom off of any highlights there might have been in pricing and supplies.
Mortality rates are highest in the farrowing room, whether it be for pigs or sows. A lot of farrowing room focus is put on pre-weaning mortality, but reducing sow mortality also needs to receive producer attention.