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South Dakota Turkeys Pardoned by the White House

11.21.2018

Though pardoning a turkey didn't become an official ceremony until the presidency of George H. W. Bush, presidents have been receiving Thanksgiving turkeys since the 1870s. 

Regardless of when the tradition officially started, turkeys have been part of the White House's Thanksgiving festivities for many years. 

How Boar Pens Can Improve Your Bottom Line

11.06.2018

Successful breeding is key to a strong bottom line; it's a simple fact.

But what isn't so simple is efficiently executing that successful breeding.

We're here to tell you why the utilization of boar pens can affect your success rates and therefore
directly impact your bottom line.

How the Pork Industry Can Attract Younger Generations

11.05.2018

If you've interacted with the younger generations, you've likely observed that they communicate a bit differently. 

For many of us in the industry, that can be frustrating, or even intimidating.

We look at the younger generation and see people absorbed in technology and social media. It can seem like they have no interest in the way the industry operates.

But the truth is, we can learn a lot from young people in this industry. In order to do so, however, we need to show them what we have to offer. 

Post Implantation vs. Post Insemination Re-entry for Sows: Why It Matters

10.30.2018

It should go without saying, but the idea and ethos behind group housing is to get sows out of stalls.

The industry's move toward greater transparency in our animal husbandry practices has coincided with increasing public concern over meat sources. This pressure, combined with an industry adopted Code of Practice (since 2014) in Canada, and various legislative initiatives in some states is leading more and more producers to move to group housing over stalls.

Overcome Your Fear of ASF

10.26.2018

From our vantage point here in North America, African Swine Fever (ASF) may seem oceans away, primarily affecting the markets in China, South Korea, and parts of Europe. 

Still, the disease's highly contagious nature and the potential ease of its spread across continents has many North American producers panicking. 

Using the TN Visa to Staff Your Barn

10.24.2018

 

Chances are you have a problem getting and retaining team members on your farm. This is just the time we live in. But Janae Metzger has found a program that works well to help keep Pig Hill Farms fully staffed, and get employees with animal sciences degrees. Metzger uses the TN Visa program. 

How Did We Get Here? Tim Friedel's View on Current Hog Markets

10.22.2018

There are rumblings around the pork world right now. It has been the topic of many dinner conversations, and part of what keeps us up at night.

How did we get here? Low markets, overproduction, tariffs, ASF. It’s discouraging. No one wants to see markets struggle.

But I think it is also important to look to the past and be realistic, not reactionary. There are a few factors that got us to where we are today, and I think that to move forward it is important to unpack how we got here.

Introducing: Smartphone-Controlled Feed Sensors

10.15.2018

One of our vendors, DOL Sensors, recently introduced technology enabling producers to easily adjust sensor settings, directly from their smartphones. This sensor has a ton of different applications from poultry to swine, all at an affordable price point. 

The Ground Up Process of Building a New ESF Barn [Infographic]

10.15.2018

 

When it comes time to build a new barn including an ESF system, the process can seem overwhelming. If a new barn is in your future, or even if you hope that it is in your futureit is worth checking out this infographic and article explaining what you can expect from the process.  

 

The Advantages of Using PanelTIM in a Hog Barn [Video]

10.04.2018

In the hog industry, cleanliness is next to godliness. But keeping things clean in the barn can be a chore when you are working with substandard materials. That's one of the reasons we are so passionate about using high quality penning and gating materials like PanelTIM. With a product like PanelTIM you can feel good about your investment, knowing that your barn environment will be easier to clean, and your pigs won't be able to destroy the product. Listen as Marc explains the reasons PanelTIM penning and gating is especially helpful in hog barns. 

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