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How Do Chickens Get Salmonella, Anyway?

By Andrea Etter

I don’t think I’ve done a post on this before, so here goes… Ever wonder where chickens get Salmonella from? It turns out there are a lot of options. In our research it seems adults most likely get Salmonella from the environment, feed, wild animals/birds, or each other (yes, feed can contain Salmonella–probably from birds/mice/other animals pooping in it). Chicks, however, often arrive from hatcheries already infected, which may mean they are born infected with it (option A). Either way, it can get you sick. Fortunately, research on commercial birds indicates that many/most infected chicks clear Salmonella by adulthood.


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Trails End Farm: Our Pork Sustainability Story

Video: Trails End Farm: Our Pork Sustainability Story

Trails End Farm Demonstrates How Innovation and Tradition Can Coexist On a Pig Farm In a world of ever-evolving technology and increased environmental consciousness, Trails End Farm has balanced respect for tradition with a passion for innovation. Owned by Dale and Lori Stevermer, the Minnesota farm is a testament to five generations of stewardship and dedication to sustainable agriculture.

Pig Farming for Purpose and Profit

At the heart of the Stevermers’ pride is their pork production operation. Every step is taken with utmost care and respect, ensuring that the pork produced on their farm is of the highest quality.

Trail’s End Farm grows about 450 acres of corn and soybeans. They plant cover crops on 90% of these acres between harvest and planting which protects against soil erosion and recycles nutrients for cash crops. Additionally, Trail’s End Farm raises an average of 4,000 pigs each year, with about 2,000 pigs in finishing barns at any time.

The Stevermers recognize the value of innovation and build on the practices started by generations before them. Adopting new practices does not go without challenges. To navigate these challenges, they participate in the Pork Cares Farm Impact Report program.

By leveraging this report, they've been able to evaluate their return on investment before they implement new technologies and practices. The results? Enhanced farm productivity, better care for pigs, less impact on the environment and long-term financial viability for their farm business.