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Kathleen Lonergan Erickson

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By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
March 3rd, 2021

Farm succession is not a single event. It is most often a long, transitional process. Some farm management experts note that farm succession comprises three distinct phases:

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Poultry | Posts

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
February 17th, 2021

Light management is an integral part of raising laying hens. In fact, it is of essential importance to all types of chickens. With a growth in the rate producers are switching to cage-free housing, attention to lighting has gained interest.

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Posts | Building Maintenance

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
January 27th, 2021

Rodents have persistently challenged farmers throughout the ages, stealing grain, fouling premises with excrement, and causing destruction to infrastructure and environments.

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News | Swine

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
January 13th, 2021

The National Pork Board has launched a new tool to help the pork industry respond efficiently and effectively in case of a foreign animal disease outbreak.

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News | Poultry

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
January 6th, 2021

As we welcome in 2021, we find the U.S. egg industry approximately five years into a ten-year transition toward cage-free egg production. Already, one-quarter of the U.S. laying hen flock has been transitioned to cage-free housing. But there is so much more to do.

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Poultry | Posts

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
December 23rd, 2020

Are you wrapping those Christmas gifts? How about your "egg-stra" special gifts? Maybe it's a clever kitchen gadget – the kind that helps you make the perfect muffin-ready breakfast egg.

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News | Beef | Posts

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
November 25th, 2020

Livestock producers may have new tools available to them thanks to recent adjustments made to USDA's Risk Management programs. Feeder cattle operators may find some new options.

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Poultry | Posts

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
November 11th, 2020

Keeping birds comfortable is a top priority for poultry producers. Their comfort is directly proportional to their well-being and, thus, to their productivity. Keen producers follow age-old baseline tactics to assess bird comfort – starting with observation.