“The No. 1 reason slats go bad is age,” said Andy Altenburg at the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo. After 20 years building and repairing hog and cattle barns, he’s seen about every situation-gone-wrong you can imagine.
The Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour isn’t all clear skies, sunshine and 240 bushel corn. In fact, today, on the Eastern leg of the tour, scouts were met with severe weather and extreme variability in the fields.
As the weather cools, the pork industry increases its vigilance against Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). Over the past 20 years, PRRS has emerged as the most economically important disease for U.S. po