Category Archives: Management

Pragmatic Rebalancing: “Efficiency” and the Next 50 Years

The weather has been beautiful here in Central Illinois…moderate and dry.  Our turkeys will be seven weeks old tomorrow and are doing quite well.  The last of the barn swallows departed… Their melody has been replaced by the harmonic, mechanical … Continue reading

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What Happens in Peoria

Our baby turkeys are no longer babies. Seventeen days old today – growing rapidly, nearly full-feathered, and rambunctious. The high heat had minor consequences the first week (mostly on this producer’s comfort).  Ventilation was difficult, yet constantly walking through the birds … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Hot Outside

The heat continues to blister here in the Midwest.  I am hearing horror stories of losses to all live meat animals.  Would guess many livestock producers will be upgrading their cooling systems to survive these types of heat spells… We … Continue reading

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The Mother of Invention…

 …Is Serendipity. In 1995, I happened to observe a unique machine in operation: it was being used to fill dump-trailers with shelled corn stored in silica-sand mines. The machine was designed to fill the trailers in a place with serious … Continue reading

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Loadout

What do you get when you combine high temperatures, heavy turkeys, lots of moving parts (mechanical and animal), family members and friends unaccustomed to working together, lack of sleep and a case of 5-Hour Energy?  Must be a summertime loadout.

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