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Kathleen Lonergan Erickson

If it has hooves, feathers, or paws, there’s a good chance Kathleen Lonergan Erickson has been actively engaged in some aspect of raising, handling, or supporting the animals and humans involved! Kathleen has worked directly in animal agriculture through the family farm, as a journalist, through corporate experience, and as an independent marketing communications consultant. Her understanding of the business of agriculture is as deep and strong as is her respect for agricultural producers. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, and recently returned to university to earn her master’s degree in Agricultural Innovation. Supporting the innovative work of Summit Livestock Facilities is a natural fit for her.

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When The Cold Becomes Dangerous

Sometimes, producers get so focused on caring for their animals, they neglect their health, safety, or well-being. Even with the best intentions and layers of coveralls, jackets, gloves, etc., working with livestock is often unpredictable.

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Towel Drying Calves Helps Combat Cold Stress

Cold stress can have dire consequences when calves three weeks old or younger experience temperatures below 59℉. Too much or too little ventilation and inadequate supply and temperature of nutrition provided are factors that exacerbate cold stress, especially in young calves. 

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Improve Your Results by Setting Goals Accountably

Resolutions...many people use the turn of the calendar and launch of the new year as a moment to pause and plan new goals for the year ahead. For protein producers, examples of goals may look like this:

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Swine

People and Pigs: Working Together

Farmers want to take the best care of their animals that they can. That goes for pig producers as well. Jon Hoek, Director of Swine Precision Production Development at Summit Precision Production (SPP), notes that pigmanship is a philosophy, an approach to improved pork production.

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Damaged Soybeans Used as a Feed Source

Late season wet weather in some areas has caused less than ideal harvest conditions for soybeans. That has resulted in a deterioration in soybean seed quality and discolored beans. Soybeans that do not meet the elevator’s requirements are rejected or heavily discounted.

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Posts  |  Poultry

Turkey Time – Production, Price and People

Turkey meat production in the United States during January-September 2018 was 4.36 billion pounds, down about 2 percent from a year earlier. The 2018 turkey production forecast is lowered by 24 million pounds to 5.875 billion pounds, 2 percent below 2017.

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