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Introducing: Smartphone-Controlled Feed Sensors


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



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


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


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


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


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. 

World Pork Expo 2018 In Review



With a focus on the future of the industry, over 20,000 people gathered for the 2018 World Pork Expo in 2018. This was the 30th year for the international expo and this year broke another record with more exhibitors in the trade show than ever before. New Standard was proud to represent pioneering concepts in group housing at our booth as well as through an in-depth panel discussion with leaders in the industry. Read on for our take on WPX 2018!

7 Surprises for a Newbie to Open Sow Housing


As the graphic designer at 5j Marketing + Design, I spend most of my day hidden behind a computer screen creating pretty things to post on the internet (okay maybe I do a little more than that but you get the picture). So of course I jumped at the chance to get out of the office and into a new environment when New Standard invited us to tour their sow barn design at Pig Hill Farms! Little did I know what I was getting myself into! I have compiled a list of a few things that surprised me about getting out of the office and into the barn.

Pavlov's Hogs and Classical Conditioning in Gilt Training


If you took psychology in high school or college you've probably heard about Pavlov's dogs, but swine are just as suggestible as dogs. With a little creative thinking you can avoid potential training mishaps and prevent your gilts from developing bad habits.

4 Reasons Meishans are Becoming the Teaser Boar of Choice


In the last few years Meishan boars (pronounced May Shan) have grown in popularity with producers across North America, and it isn't just for their dashing good looks. While Meishans aren't much to look atthey honestly look like a mix between a basset hound, a pug, and a pigtheir breed characteristics are well-suited to open checks and boar stations with automatic heat detection. 


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