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Meet The Experts - Tim Kurbis


Service and knowledge in the industry is what sets New Standard apart. But it doesn't seem fair to ask you to trust us when you may not know us! Read on and learn more about one of the founding partners, Tim Kurbis!

3 Things Great Sow Barn Managers Do Everyday


Steve Horton is the sow farm supervisor for Thomas Livestock in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Thomas Livestock converted to group sow housing four years ago. If there is one thing Horton has learned it is that having great barn management is a major determining factor in whether you succeed or fail in the business. Great barn managers contribute to a healthy working environment that keeps the best employees happy and engaged in the work of your farm. But what should great sow barn managers be doing every day to help create that environment? 
We chatted with Horton and got his thoughts on the top three daily things that seperate great sow barn managers from... the other guys.

Meet the Experts - Kees (Kase) van Ittersum


Today we continue our Meet the Experts of New Standard series with a focus on one of the founders, Kees van Ittersum. And in case you didn't already know, Kees is pronounced just like Kase. 

Over the next few weeks we'll be featuring the faces of New Standard in several question and answer posts. If you're a current customer, most of these staff faces won't be strangers, but we still think that some of their answers might surprise you!

3 Notable Swine Trends From Europe


It is no secret that Europe markets lead the way in swine regulations. So if something is happening in Europe it is worth our attention, as North American trends usually fall in their wake. Read on for three notable regulatory trends that we are seeing in Europe. 

Building a Sow Barn With New Standard: An Owner's Perspective


Alec Boekhoven is a hog producer in Southern Ontario who recently made the transition to loose sow housing. In his search for the right hog barn design and ESF equipment for his operation, he met with numerous equipment salesmen and barn designers. In this article, you will hear from Alec on why he chose New Standard to design and equip his barn. Take it away, Alec!

Video Demonstration of Winter Poultry Barn Ventilation [VIDEO]



When we think about creating efficient poultry barn ventillation systems, many times the focus is on the hot summer temps. But winter can be an issue for birds too. After all, heat rises and turkeys spend their time on the ground. In this video we use a fog machine to show how establishing a good ventillation system can redirect the air flow down to your birds to keep them warm, even during the coldest winter months. 

Meet the Experts - Kevin Kurbis


If there is one thing that we consistently hear from customers it is that they appreciate our excellent support through our staff. With that in mind, we wanted to introduce you to the people who help New Standard maintain that excellence.

Over the next few weeks and months we will be featuring the faces of New Standard in several question and answer posts. If you're a current customer, most of these staff faces won't be strangers, but we think some of their answers might surprise you!

We've Moved our US Location! See Our Brand New Building!


Our US office and warehouse is in a brand new building! If you ever visited us in the past then you know that our former office was tucked away on a little side street. Not so with our brand new building! Read on to learn more from Tim Kurbis! 

Thomas Livestock's Group Sow Housing Featured in National Hog Farmer


We love to celebrate the success of our customers! Thomas Livestock, based out of Broken Bow, Nebraska, was recently featured by the National Hog Farmer. We've been honored to partner with Thomas Livestock in their conversion to group sow housing. 

Should I Design My Sow Pens for Static or Dynamic Groups? Small or Large?


The major question that arises in the group housing planning process relates to pen design and sow grouping strategy. Should I design around static or dynamic sow pens? And should I house the sows in large or small groups?

The research is in and it shows you should go with...well either really. In practice and in research facilities, both static and dynamic pens will produce at a high level with skilled management. According to a review of research by the Prairie Swine Centre, there are no significant differences in birth rate, still births, lameness, or any other major production measurements among sows in static groups and dynamic groups. 

While either pen strategy could work for you, it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of both.


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