“My No. 1 priority this time of the year is to thoroughly check building ventilation systems because pigs thrive in fresh, clean air,” Rommereim said. “Fans need to be clean and operating well. I check air inlets for obstructions and ease of operation.”
“Biosecurity protocols not only need to be in place, but need to be top of mind for folks on the farm,” Rommereim said. “Risk from diseases, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), increases in cold weather, so this is a good investment of my time.”
“We make sure everything is washed and disinfected, not just within the rooms, but also anything coming into barns,” Rommereim said. “Producers who farrow need to be even more stringent to keep PEDV and other diseases from entering their herds.”
Other tasks on his checklist include checking that all furnaces are in good working order, tightening up buildings and refreshing rodent-control programs.
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