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Tim Kurbis

Tim Kurbis co-founded the New Standard Group in 2006. He currently manages New Standard US Inc in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Tim has been involved with group sow housing since 2007 and has been involved in numerous successful projects in both the US and Canada. With a technical and mechanical background that goes all the way back to his upbringing on a farm in Manitoba, Tim brings many gifts to the Group including sow housing design, ventilation and control system design and application experience for a vast array of livestock housing equipment.​
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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! 

You're Feeding Your Sows Too Fast - Group Sow Housing Research


If you work in a sow barn, when is the last time you stopped to consider the feelings of the ladies you spend your days with?

This isn't simply an attempt to get your attention. How your sows feel has a direct impact on how they act and react; and how they feel, act and react to their environment will significantly impact their reproductive performance.

What to Ask Your Electronic Sow Feeding Equipment Salesman


It's true, effective group sow housing depends on high quality ESF equipment. But purchasing and installing top of the line equipment does not make your gestation pens instantly efficient and profitable. It goes deeper into the design and support for the system. When talking to an ESF equipment supplier, make sure to ask the following questions.

How Each Swine Barn Makes the Next One Better


Over the past 11 years, New Standard has designed, equipped, and continues to support nearly 60 group housing swine barns. Through these builds and remodels, we have had the pleasure of meeting and working with hundreds of brilliant producers, barn staff members, builders and managers. Without the input from the people who use the barns every day, our hog barn designs would not be as complete and efficient as they are today.

What Not to Do in an ESF Pig Barn Design


Putting together a pig barn design is a long and detailed process for you as a producer. You have to weigh your different housing options and how each will affect your production. If you decide to build a barn with Electronic Sow Feeding equipment, it is important to know how the design of your system will affect your animals, your barn staff, and your everyday operations. Proper ESF design will improve efficiency and production while a poor pig barn design will result in a disastrous investment.

Is Your Swine Barn Ready for the Next 20 Years?


It is an uncomfortable question to ask yourself, but do you know if your swine barn is designed to keep up with the pork industry trends in the next 20 years? There is no doubt that the industry has been changing rapidly over the past 20 years, and the next 20 years will likely keep the same pace. As a pork producer it is vital to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, especially in sow housing. Hog barn designs from 20 years ago are quickly becoming outdated, and it is time to start considering what you can do so the rest of the pork industry doesn't leave you behind.

5 Ways ESF Barns Reduce Sow Stress


Converting to an Electronic Sow Feeding barn usually brings about many different thoughts and emotions. You may be excited for the change, frustrated about the social demands and regulations, or you may just know it is a necessary change. Whether you are frustrated, excited, or indifferent, you probably have the end goal of increasing production within your barn. One of the major benefits of ESF barns is their ability, with proper management, to reduce stress among your sows. By reducing stress, the pigs become happier and healthier. When the pigs are happy and healthy, they produce more piglets and increase your profits. Learn more about how Electronic Sow Feeding barns will reduce your sows' stress.


Why Tunnel Ventilation Must Be in Your Poultry Barn Design


Including tunnel ventilation in turkey finisher barn designs has become popular among poultry producers, but does it regulate temperature any better than natural or other mechanical poultry barn ventilation systems? We believe tunnel ventilation systems are more efficient and less costly, and our team has a wealth of experience designing and installing tunnel ventilation into turkey finishing houses. Read more on why you must include tunnel ventilation into your next turkey barn design.

State of the Art Sow Weight Monitoring Could Save You Thousands


Even in the best-managed barns, one out of three sows is either over or under her ideal farrowing weight which of course affects her litter size and viability. These less productive sows cost the industry almost $30,000 for a group of 1,000 sows. The task before every pork producer is how to get their farrowing rates up and their costs down. The best way to do this is by incorporating state of the art sow weight monitoring into your electronic sow feeding systems. 

Hog Penning & Gating in a Training Group Gestation Pen


How you design your hog penning and gating in a gilt developer unit (GDU) and the ESF training pen is key to making your gilts comfortable with the new environment of a group sow housing facility. As your gilts develop, we have to incorporate ways to naturally acclimate them and make them comfortable with what they will see and interact with in the ESF pens. Training the gilts to be comfortable with human interaction is essential when they are young, but as the girls mature, we should start introducing them to the equipment and processes they will see later on in a group gestation pen. This will make the transition to group sow housing much smoother for both the pigs and your barn staff.


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