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How the Pork Industry Can Attract Younger Generations

11.05.2018

If you've interacted with the younger generations, you've likely observed that they communicate a bit differently. 

For many of us in the industry, that can be frustrating, or even intimidating.

We look at the younger generation and see people absorbed in technology and social media. It can seem like they have no interest in the way the industry operates.

But the truth is, we can learn a lot from young people in this industry. In order to do so, however, we need to show them what we have to offer. 

Overcome Your Fear of ASF

10.26.2018

From our vantage point here in North America, African Swine Fever (ASF) may seem oceans away, primarily affecting the markets in China, South Korea, and parts of Europe. 

Still, the disease's highly contagious nature and the potential ease of its spread across continents has many North American producers panicking. 

Using the TN Visa to Staff Your Barn

10.24.2018

 

Chances are you have a problem getting and retaining team members on your farm. This is just the time we live in. But Janae Metzger has found a program that works well to help keep Pig Hill Farms fully staffed, and get employees with animal sciences degrees. Metzger uses the TN Visa program. 

How Did We Get Here? Tim Friedel's View on Current Hog Markets

10.22.2018

There are rumblings around the pork world right now. It has been the topic of many dinner conversations, and part of what keeps us up at night.

How did we get here? Low markets, overproduction, tariffs, ASF. It’s discouraging. No one wants to see markets struggle.

But I think it is also important to look to the past and be realistic, not reactionary. There are a few factors that got us to where we are today, and I think that to move forward it is important to unpack how we got here.

Introducing: Smartphone-Controlled Feed Sensors

10.15.2018

One of our vendors, DOL Sensors, recently introduced technology enabling producers to easily adjust sensor settings, directly from their smartphones. This sensor has a ton of different applications from poultry to swine, all at an affordable price point. 

Olymel's Conversion to Group Housing Ramps Up with New Standard Partnership

09.27.2018

 

Olymel L.P. is Canada's leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats and is Canada’s largest hog producer. The company has made feeding the world its mission, which it pursues passionately with products of impeccable quality. The company employs over 12,000 people and has production and processing facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Olymel exports nearly a third of its total sales. Its annual sales are on the order of $3.5 billion.

Onboarding vs. Waterboarding: How Janae Metzger Makes Staff Onboarding Less of a Chore

09.26.2018

When you meet Janae Metzger, the first thing you will notice is that she is an intelligent, friendly, and enthusiastic individual. And it is these very traits that have made her so successful in hiring and onboarding new barn employees. Metzger is the Assistant Manager and Employee Developer at Pig Hill in Alvord, Iowa. Her successes in the area of human relations and training have caught the attention of much bigger operations, with several farms hoping to learn her ways and duplicate her success.

Jamee Amundson Eggers On the Future of the Pork Industry

09.13.2018

Jamee Amundson Eggers, Producer Education Director at Iowa Pork Producers Association is a powerhouse of knowledge and passion in the pork industry, even if she came to it in a roundabout way. We sat down with Eggers to hear more about her background and her unique perspective on the future of the pork industry.

Hot Tips for Hot Weather: Barn Cleaning and ESF Training Pens

07.26.2018


It seems like we never know what kind of late summer we are going to get. It could be hot and dry, it could be unseasonably cool. For most people, hot and dry summer days are a reminder to relax and lounge around the pool, but if you're a barn owner, you should be thinking about how you can use those hot summer days to clean your barns. Here are some tips to help your summer barn cleaning run a bit more smoothly.

Partnering With Topigs Norsvin at the Delta Canada Boar Research Center

07.23.2018

We recently had the exciting opportunity to work with Topigs Norsvin as they opened their groundbreaking Delta Canada boar testing barn in Woodlands, Manitoba. This project marks an exciting time in boar research, where intricate data analysis and responsive genetic selection can improve stock in less time. Below we share a time-lapse of the project and an explanation of the overall impact on the pork genetics landscape. 

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