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Updates on Carcass Disposal Resources for Swine Producers

The MN Board of Animal Health (MNBAH) has updated its carcass disposal resources for swine producers. There are centralized carcass disposal sites that are free for producers to dispose of their pigs. Producers must contact the MNBAH to setup a drop-off appointment.
Connect with MN BAH Call Carcass Assistance Hotline at 651-201-6041 to:
Ask questionsSchedule one-on-one consultation about carcass disposal optionsSchedule drop-off at a centralized site
Individuals can also fill out MNBAH online form to request a call back from them.
Other resources MN BAH can help withMN BAH has a list of companies willing to contract haul carcasses if you don't have a truck to haul carcasses. View their list of trucking contacts.MN BAH has a list of companies selling wood chips or other composting material. View their list of carbon contacts.
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COVID-19 Impacts: Managing Market Hogs Destined for Local Meat Lockers

By: Lee Johnston, swine Extension specialist, Pedro Urriola, swine associate professor and Sarah Schieck Boelke, swine Extension educator
The Situation:  COVID-19 has disrupted pig harvest at commercial packing plants in the spring of 2020. Pig farmers are offering live pigs at or near market weight to neighbors, consumers, and community members at very low prices. Consumers that purchase live pigs are arranging harvest and processing at local meat lockers. A list of small locker plants can be found on Minnesota of Department of Ag's website. Due to great demand on meat locker services, consumers may need to wait several days to several weeks before pigs can be harvested. During this wait, consumers will need to care for heavy pigs to maintain pig welfare, control pig growth to prevent them from getting too big, and preserve pork quality. Below are some tips to achieve these objectives assuming pigs weigh at least 240 lbs.

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Episode 16: Nutritional Strategies to Slow Growth of Pigs During Special Circumstances

Sarah Schieck Boelke, swine Extension educator is joined with Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota swine nutrition faculty and Pedro Urriola, University of Minnesota swine nutrition faculty in a discussion about nutritional strategies to slow growth of pigs during these special circumstances of pork packing plant closures due to COVID-19.

Listen to the podcast:z.umn.edu/PodcastEpisode16(recorded May 1, 2020) Learn More About Information Shared in the PodcastCheck out the article What to do if your pork packing plant is closedposted on UMN Swine Extension blogCheck out other COVID-19 resources for pork producers on UMN Swine Extension blog

Podcast: At the Meeting. . .

Dr. Montserrat Torremorell (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota), Dr. Gordon Spronk (Pipestone Veterinary Services), and Dr. Tom Wetzell (Swine Veterinary Consultant) have been busy recording podcasts in collaboration with SwineCast to discuss the COVID-19 situation and how it is affecting the pork industry.