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Positive Company Culture in the Pig Barn

02.26.2020

 

Good Day! In this episode we have the privilege of talking with Janae Metzger of Pig Hill Farms. Janae is an HR Director for the farm, and has been successful in creating a great working environment with high employee satisfaction and low turnover. From the TN Visa Program, to the DISC Profile, we talk with Janae about her journey so far, tips for engaging and connecting with employees and more. We invite you to take a listen!

Activator Farrowing Feeding with Chiel van Lenthe

12.17.2019

 

Good Day!
This special episode comes to you from Holland and the Nedap Headquarters. We had an opportunity to have a discussion with Chiel van Lenthe,  Project Manager Nedap's pig division. Cheil has been with Nedap over 10 years and also has his masters in ag technology. Also in the conversation is Jeff Morton from Nedap US. 
 
We discuss Nedap's new Activator Farrowing feeder. The tech that went into development, how producers are using it and results. We hope you enjoy the episode! 
 
To Learn more about New Standard Group - visit www.newstandard-group.com
 
To Learn about Nedap's Activator visit the Nedap website
 
Thank you! 

Staying Positive In Tough Times

12.10.2019

 

Good Day!

Thanks for joining us. Today, Tim and Kevin Kurbis chat with professional speaker Matt Booth. Matt has some great tips about keeping a positive attitude in tough times and how to stop drowning in negativity. We found his ideas and methods creative and inspiring. We hope you enjoy the episode. 

To reach Matt Booth visit his website at: www.mattbooth.com or call 563.590.9693

Now I can Laugh About It

08.30.2019

After over 20 years working in this industry, I thought I had seen and heard it all. However, a situation came up the other day that reminded me that, ridiculous things will always continue to happen, and they can still surprise me. It got me thinking about all the weird/stupid things that I have experienced, which propelled me to discuss them.

Here are some stories of what I have seen. Although, at the time, none of this seemed funny, I can laugh about it now. Hopefully you find some humor in these as well. If you are reading this, and happen to realize that the story is about you, please don’t be offended. We’re all guilty at some point.

Take Time to Stop and Smell the Pig Sh*t

08.19.2019

One of the best things about traveling, as I do for work, is getting to see all the soft shoulders, amazing curves, and lush bush...

I’m just talking about being on the Manitoba roads.

Where were you going with that?

On a serious note, how often do we take the time to appreciate the great things that are all around us?

While we are on the topic, have we taken a step to realize how the hog industry plays a big factor in all of it? Curious? Let me try to explain. 

Bacon selling on my Chest

07.31.2019

 

I take great pride in working in the pork industry, and have always tried to be a good ambassador to the general public. I find there are a lot of “myth-conceptions” about how pork is raised. As well as, some extremely wrong “facts” about the health factors associated with consuming meat.

Since changing the world is a daunting task, a few years ago I decided to try to change just one person at a time. Someone I have great respect for once told me to, “be an army of one”. I took that advice and ran with it. 

 

The Curse of the Nibbler

07.09.2019

So although the title of this blog may make you think of an cheap 80’s movie or one of those extremely unbelievable urban legends that were spread in the early days of email, we assure you that we are going to cover a serious topic. But as with so many things in life, it doesn’t hurt to also be able to see the humorous side of an issue. So let me set the scene for you:

ESF in Europe a History with Mikael Kirk

07.05.2019

 

In recent discussions, we have been fairly nostalgic. Spending time thinking about where we came from can be helpful in figuring out where we are going. Also, as we have many relationships and conversations with our European neighbors, we are reminded that at least here in the US, we are behind in some of the latest in terms of animal well-being. This is not to say everyone is behind, but as a whole, compared with Scandinavia and Europe we have areas we can still improve and grow in to. 

 

We recently were able to talk with our good friend Mikael Kirk of AgriSys based in Denmark. Mikael founded ArgiSys in 2009 and has experience with transitioning many barns to ESF as well as new projects all over the world. 

 

Interview with Kevin Kurbis - The Last 10 Years

07.03.2019

 

Good Day!

On today's episode we chat with Kevin Kurbis on about the last 10 years in hog production.

Good Day! Today we get nostalgic with Kevin Kurbis on the last ten years reflecting on advancements in the pork industry. We talk about Technology changes, updates to equipment and even approaches, big data and how we might practically apply these updates to our operations. 
Want to learn more? Check out our recent blog on the topic as well - http://info.newstandard-group.com/blog/the-last-10-years-reflection-piece

 

Interview with Chet Mogler - Pig Hill Farms

06.21.2019

 

Good Day!

On today's episode we get a chance to visit with Chet Mogler from Pig Hill Farms. 

Chet Mogler has been raising hogs his whole life. In 2015 the family farm decided to build a new "state of the art" facility with a loose sow housing approach along with electronic sow feeding and other new technology. The new barn houses 4400 head. On the Modern Producer Podcast, we talk with Chet about making decisions on building the facility and how things are going today. We hope you enjoy our conversation and gain some insight from an experienced pork producer. 


To learn more about Pig Hill Farms, visit: pighillfarms.com


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