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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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By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
October 14th, 2020

Grain bin entrapment and deaths have been on a sharp upturn the past couple of years. Across the country in 2019, reported grain entrapments rose by 27 percent from a year earlier, and grain bin entrapment deaths rose by 53 percent.

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News | Poultry

By: Mary Auth
September 30th, 2020

Before long, the smartest entity in your egg house will be a machine – if it isn't already. Robotics are here now, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the horizon.

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News | Swine

By: Mary Auth
September 23rd, 2020

As if COVID wasn’t enough to make you anxious about the safety of your family and farm, here’s another piece of news once again rearing its ugly head. The African Swine Fever (ASF) virus added another country to its hit list. Germany is the latest western country to discover ASF in a wild boar carcass in Bradenburg state – in the area surrounding Berlin close to the Polish border.

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By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
September 9th, 2020

U.S. egg producers continue to increase flock sizes compared to a year ago levels. According to the 2020 Top Egg Company Survey results, an annual report by The Egg Industry Magazine.

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News | Posts | Swine

By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
July 22nd, 2020

African swine fever (ASF) does not affect humans; however, this rapidly spreading animal disease is causing widespread threats to pork production and food security globally. Experts estimate that ASF has caused the death of at least 25% of the world's pigs population in China and ten other Asian countries over the last two years.

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By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
July 15th, 2020

The days of “eyeballing it” to determine if a poultry house is adequately lighted are over. Thanks to new research, poultry producers may have a more unobstructed view of how lighting impacts bird comfort and productivity.

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By: Kathleen Lonergan Erickson
July 8th, 2020

Most farms under "normal" circumstances have outstanding health and safety protocols in place to keep the livestock, the crops, and the people safe. In the wake of COVID-19, some additional standard operating procedures may be necessary to protect employees.