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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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Turkey vs. Hog Tunnel Ventilation: They are not the same


Background and the Basics

Over the years, New Standard has constructed countless tunnel ventilated barns and has engineered the remodels of many others. Truthfully, ventilation for livestock housing is part of the DNA of the New Standard Group as that is what we focused on in our early years. Things have changed a lot since that time and the Group has expanded greatly, yet ventilation engineering is still something we love to do and love to discuss.

Why CO2 Sensors


Over the course of the last three years or so, the team at New Standard has started to incorporate a new facet of ventilation regulation (and modification).

Increase Conception Rates with Simple Changes


A few weeks back, we had one of our clients stop by our Sioux Falls office for a cup of coffee. As we begin visiting about the state of it all, the topic of conception rates came up as our client had just recently started implementing our suggested strategy for introducing breed sow (gilts) back into the pen. His results were so surprising and wonderful, he asked why we hadn't forced him to do it this way months ago! 

Cool Cells: More Than A Lifeline, It's a way of Barn Living


A week ago, I put up a screenshot of what happens when you turn on cool cells for the first time. We saw a temperature drop of more than 7° F in a 15-minute window, which was excellent and certainly made Michael at Goldenview Colony happy. There is, however, so much more to cool cells, and understanding how to maximize their effectiveness can allow even more impressive results. 

Honey Grove: Forwarding Technology in Hog Barns


Located in Northwestern Missouri, Honey Grove a technology progressive hog barn, contacted the New Standard team design and create a new hog barn with the latest automation and comfort features to support up to 5,000 hogs.


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
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.


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