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Being a good neighbor is just smart business.
Being a good neighbor is just smart business.

It is a fact of life that the countryside around us is changing.  Places, where there were nothing but green fields and farm sites, have been replaced with new neighbors seeking a rural lifestyle.  Many of these new neighbors come without a rural background and are unaccustomed to the sights, sounds...

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Slat U - 103 Curing
Slat U - 103 Curing

Slat University is a series of articles providing useful information on manufacturing, handling and maintaining concrete slats.

Concrete doesn't dry...it cures.

 

Unlike a sponge, concrete does not reabsorb water after it dries.   The water doesn't leave the mixture; it reacts with it and becomes...

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Slat U – 101.Water
Slat U – 101.Water

Slat University is a series of articles providing useful information on manufacturing, handling and maintaining concrete slats.

Water: Most crucial component in a precast concrete mix.

 

Anybody who has ever poured concrete is familiar with the adage "the less water you use, the stronger the conc...

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Slat U – 102 Reinforcing Steel
Slat U – 102 Reinforcing Steel

Slat University is a series of articles providing useful information on manufacturing, handling and maintaining concrete slats.

Adding steel to precast concrete changes its properties.

 

We measure the strength of cured concrete by testing the pounds force per square inch or psi.   The ps...

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Western building concepts adapted by Russian production system
Western building concepts adapted by Russian production system

Cherkizovo Group discusses factors influencing their choice of equipment for their most recent building project.  

 

The following article contains excerpts from an interview with Brad Heron, Executive Manager of Pig Production for the Cherkizovo Group.  Cherkizovo is one of Russia’s largest pork...

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Smart Farming requires smart evaluation
Smart Farming requires smart evaluation

Evaluating new technology should be based on three critical factors…does it fit, will we use the information, and will it make us more profitable? 

By Fritz Richards, Sales Manager, Hog Slat Inc.

 

We just returned from the EuroTier show held in Hanover, Germany.  Billed as the largest animal p...

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Do we really need pit ventilation?
Do we really need pit ventilation?

Preliminary field test reveals similar gas levels in buildings with and without pit ventilation. 

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Converting large fans to minimum winter fans
Converting large fans to minimum winter fans

A new control system allows larger fans to be converted to variable speed with improved accuracy and reduced energy consumption.

 

Most fans used for minimum winter ventilation rates tend to be smaller diameter fans.  It's necessary to use fans with a lower total cubic foot per minute output as th...

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Selling a building? Four things  you should know.
Selling a building? Four things you should know.

Following these four steps will help you get the best price for your production site.Finishing site

1) Hire the right realtor...you aren't selling a cornfield.

 

While a local ag realtor might be the right choice for listing farm ground, a realtor specializing in swine production facilities will be a better ...

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Winter Ventilation for Homestead Production
Winter Ventilation for Homestead Production

As the weather cools, regulating the environment inside livestock and poultry buildings becomes more difficult with manually operated vent doors. Adding a small ventilation fan(s) simplifies the task of maintaining a healthy environment for the animals. 

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