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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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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 Hog barn designs from 20 years ago are quickly becoming outdated, and it is time to start considering what you can do so the rest of the pork industry doesn't leave you behind.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.

4 Rules to Remember When Preparing Gilts for an ESF Barn



The success of your ESF barn, upon startup and during regular operation, depends on a few key factors. One of the most important of these is how you train the gilts that are coming into the system, and more specifically, how you prepare the gilts overall. In this article, we will walk you through the process of preparing, training and acclimating gilts, from weaning through training and further on into breeding. Depending on the flow of animals into your loose sow housing facility, you can incorporate the following four rules at any point in the life of the gilt.


Hog Barn Design Where the Pig Comes First


When designing a hog barn or restructuring an existing barn, the animal welfare and comfort should always be top priority and at the front of your mind. At New Standard, the pig comes first when we design our loose housing barns. We believe that the needs of the animals and barn staff are priority number one, yet we also believe that any decision needs to make financial sense. This is why we strive to create efficient, economical and balanced plans tailored to each customer. When you have happy and comfortable pigs and the barn personnel are able to work efficiently, your production will increase and your barn management will become less stressful.

Managing Electronic Sow Feeding Cycles in Group Housing


How you design for and manage your
Electronic Sow Feeding systems in your barn is key to a high functioning sow unit. When a feed station is incorporated poorly into a pen, it is certain to cause a myriad of problems, increasing sow stress and reducing your production. When designing feed stations into a barn, we take the time to understand your managerial approach along with your employees' and animals' needs to make your barn highly effective and negate sow stress and digestive issues. As important as the ESF configuration and design is, how you manage your barn is even more crucial. Here is some insight on how we suggest you manage feed cycles once your group housing facility is up and running.

Electronic Sow Feeding in Group Housing


Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) is a shift in how we manage sows in group housing and the North American market is rapidly moving towards housing sows in large open pens. Group sow housing with electronic sow feeding is designed to create stress free and efficient husbandry. With ESF systems you will save on feed, improve animal welfare, and increase hog production. Switching your barn to ESF systems or building these systems into your new barn can help you manage your hog facilities more easily.


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