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Standardization Helps Reign in Swine Barn Construction Costs
Dennis Hodgkinson - DGH Engineering

Farmscape for June 14, 2019

The President of DGH Engineering says increased standardization has helped swine producers take greater control of swine barn construction costs.
A range of factors, including higher material costs and stricter building codes have increased the costs of swine barn construction.
Dennis Hodgkinson, the President of DGH Engineering, says building costs continue to ascend as time goes by but costs have been manageable and standardization helps us know where to spend our money.

Clip-Dennis Hodgkinson-DGH Engineering:
Things have become even more standardized as time have progressed.
We started on that bent 20 years ago and it's become even more so.
There's been leadership taken by some of the integration people, some of the producers and buyers.
They've developed more structured systems, they've defined exactly what they want in a lot of contract production and certainly this has steered the industry into a direction.
I believe it's all productive and useful.
It helps us get better control of costs and put some predictability into the outcome.
I wouldn't say we're in a boom but there's certainly strong activity.
I think people are looking to fill out slaughter space, slaughter capacity so there's a steady forward movement to do that.
We're seeing some replacement of some dated facilities.
As you well know, 30 to 40 years ago we were on a very strong expansion phase but lots of those facilities are coming to the end of their life.
We're seeing lots of upgrades that are being driven by new technology, lots of retrofits of environmental control systems, feeding systems, things of that nature as well.

Hodgkinson says there's room for growth rounding out the match between supply and slaughter capacity and there's ongoing interest in expanding organic food production.
He notes, in organic farming we'd be looking for organic fertilizer and livestock production is a good way to create that.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.


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