Meeting the needs of the newly weaned pigs often proves to be difficult in many production settings.
Brumm Swine Consultancy. United States
After a successful career as professor of animal science and extension swine specialist at the University of Nebraska, Dr Mike Brumm incorporated Brumm Swine Consultancy in the summer of 2006. As an industry consultant, Dr Brumm spent 50% of his time through 2014 as science director for 4 2400-hd wean-finish research barns. The remainder of his time was spent working with a variety of clients world-wide on housing and management issues. He now spends the majority of his time in client production facilities, investigating ventilation and housing issues. He is a frequent presenter at producer conferences on issues dealing with housing and management, with a special emphasis on feeders, drinkers, ventilation systems and ventilation system controllers. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to industry publications and blogs weekly at www.MnPork.com
Updated CV 01-Apr-2015
From 1977 through 2013 the dressed slaughter weight for barrows and gilts has increased an average of 0.6 kg (1.3 lb) per year.
Managing the pig’s environment with the goal of heat removal is an increasing need, especially when pens are more crowded.
The research data suggests that feeders designed for ad libitum feed access with diets in the mash form should have approximately 40% of the feeder pan covered with feed.