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Abstract: What if there were no Hog Confinements?
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Conan the Farmer
Posted 2/11/2019 00:09 (#7312516 - in reply to #7311999)
Subject: RE: Abstract: What if there were no Hog Confinements?

South Central Iowa
Yes, they would in my particular example. But this isn't a proposal or what I would want necessarily, just something I see that could emerge; a movement to make all animals "free-range".

In my particular example, I kind of imagined the finisher stage would still be performed in a confinement. The farrowing, weaning, and feeder/grower stages would be performed on farm in this free-range scenario.

I don't think it would save family farms either. I kind of looked at numbers and maybe what I wrote below would interest you. There's a lot of superficiality and spitballing to it, but I don't think it would provide for as much expansion as it might initially appear, though it might yield those remaining farm families better returns than the contract hog barns do currently; perhaps double?
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