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  • “One of the biggest challenges we have is to get people to think about what is the grams of digestible lysine intake per day by phase, and then in most cases, we don't know the feed intake very well and we're very comfortable saying we feed 1.5% digestible lysine but what we need to be looking at is 18 grams of digestible lysine in the first phase and about 24 grams in the latter phases and then you back into what is that as a percent of the diet.” – Dr. Steve Pollmann

    What you will learn:

    Immunocastration in gilts: what do you need to know; Lysine requirements for intact males; The one thing many people disagreed with Dr. Pollmann; What can we learn from Tesla about innovation? How can we implement it in our industry? The challenge of retirement: how to make the transition.

    Meet the guest: Dr. Pollman has worked in academia doing research, teaching, and extension. Additionally, he worked in the feed industry on product development, technical services, quality control programs, diet formulation, and customer support in all livestock species. Become the Director of Operations and a few years later become the President of the Western Operations for Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. Retired in 2014 and since he wanted to maintain some involvement in the industry, he started DSP Consulting LLC working with several clients with product development needs, pork production support, and team building.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “[Starting in a production system] and just trying to mesh all that knowledge together was difficult upfront. You get kind of accustomed to being in this group of people that are all learning the same things, and talking about the same things day in, day out. It's been good, I love learning from other folks, production staff, office staff, by all smart people in this world.” – Dr. Jon De Jong

    What you will learn

    1. Thoughts on replacing antibiotics and zinc;

    2. Weaning age;

    3. Something that he wished he had learned in school;

    4. Lessons on communication;

    5. Packing plants;

    6. A belief that most people disagree;

    7. The need for commercial sow research facilities;

    8. New technologies;

    9. Pelleting vs. mash;

    10. How fine should you grind?

    11. Thoughts on tail biting.

    Meet the guest: Dr. Jon De Jong earned his B.S. in Animal Science (SDSU) and worked full time as the research manager for New Fashion Pork in Jackson, MN. In 2015 finished his M.S. and subsequent Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition at Kansas State University. In 2016 he accepted a job as a Swine Nutritionist and is currently President of Pipestone Nutrition.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

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  • “What are those things we're going to look back on 20 years from now that we're doing today? I think a lot of those for our industry will revolve around gilt development and gilt selection, that we just did not pay enough attention to such a crucial part of our business. And that's another area where I see a ton of opportunity not just in terms of application on the farm, but at a deeper level in research, to better understand what we need to be doing differently there, what we need to be doing better.” – Todd Thurman

    What you will learn

    Focus on the fundamentals; Opportunities on sow farms; High leverage activities on farms; The future of pig farm personnel; Free trade; Supply chain resiliency versus efficiency; System design.

    Meet the guest: Todd Thurman is an International Swine Management Consultant and the owner of SwineTex Consulting Services. Mr. Thurman holds an A.S. degree from Clarendon College and a B.S. degree in Animal Science, Production Emphasis, from Texas Tech University.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “You don’t teach people how to dance by handing them an SOP. That’s not how it works. You have to be a part of that process to be really good at a skill.” – Dr. Sarah Probst Miller

    What you will learn

    How do adults learn?
    Key aspects of creating competencies on pig farms;
    One thing veterinarians and farm managers can do right now, to improve the way they teach;
    The future of learning and teaching in swine production.


    Meet the guest: Dr. Sarah Probst Miller has a BS in Zoology (Eastern Illinois University) and DVM in Veterinary Medicine (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Dr. Miller has over 20 years of veterinary, production, and human development consulting experience. Her educational portfolio ranges from multimedia lessons and videos to a virtual gaming simulation to an on-farm course that teaches a task and allows learners to teach the task to a variety of human behavioral styles. She is currently the Creative Director and President of AgCreate Solutions, Inc.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “It's a commodity business, and because of that you cannot differentiate your product. So, when you produce a pig, the market says it's the same as a pig that somebody else produces. And in a commodity business, the way you increase your profits is to control costs. And that's why the pig production industry is so cost-driven.” – Dr. James Pettigrew

    What you will learn

    His thoughts on swine nutrition; Pig production: key insights; How to be profitable in a commodity business; Insights on teaching swine professionals.

    Meet the guest: Dr. James Pettigrew is a professor emeritus of animal science at the University of Illinois. His 37-year career includes 28 years at two universities (Minnesota and Illinois) separated by two highly successful positions in private industry. Dr. Pettigrew is a pioneering authority on sow nutrition and the use of modeling to estimate nutrient requirements. His research has also led to breakthroughs in understanding the influence of diet on the immune system of young pigs. Dr. Pettigrew’s highly productive research career has led to 430 invited presentations in 35 countries, 106 refereed journal articles, and 10 book chapters. His innovative contributions to the 10th edition of Nutrient Requirements of Swine had substantial effects on swine feeding worldwide. He has served on a WHO panel dealing with antimicrobial use, the ASAS Board of Directors, the ASAS and FASS committees on public policy, and as President of the Midwest Section of ASAS.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “I appreciate the vision of the pork producers. There are some truly visionary folks. Having that sort of big picture vision for the industry and taking off the blinders of what's happening for me today, what's my business going to look like five or ten years from now… One of the things I appreciate about the industry is just some really great thinkers in that space.” – Dr. Chris Hostetler

    What you will learn

    What are the 3 pivotal studies from the last 5 years; Sequencing of the swine genome; Sow lifetime productivity; Pig survivability.

    Meet the guest: Dr. Chris Hostetler received his Bachelor of Science at Purdue University, his Master of Science at the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. at Washington State University. While at Washington State University he also managed the University's research and teaching swine farm, served as an instructor in the College of Sciences, and conducted a postdoctoral study in reproductive biology. He is the National Pork Board’s Director of Animal Science. Before joining the National Pork Board in 2011, Dr. Hostetler was on faculty at South Dakota State University where he taught animal nutrition and conducted research in monogastric nutrition.

    P.S. Visit the National Pork website and learn more about the important work they lead www.pork.org

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “[When designing experiments to pick up mortality differences…] keeping up-to-date with what's the best way to make sure that we're analyzing the data in a way that it's repeatable to make the best decisions we can.” – Dr. Jordan Gebhardt

    What you will learn

    Challenges      and common mistakes associated with mortality experiments; Recommendations      for design efficiency.

    Meet the guest: Dr. Jordan Gebhardt graduated with high honor from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and was a member of the Honor’s College. In addition, Jordan completed two internships in the animal health and nutrition industries. He completed both his DVM and Ph.D. (swine nutrition) at Kansas State University in 2019 and is currently an Assistant Professor there.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “I very much encourage people to go out into production, and get that experience… it is a high-stress job. That is OK. You learn a lot. Get involved with your packer. Be the leader. Own that entire feed operation from a personal standpoint. The team does not have to report to you. You are a servant to all those people.” – Dr. Jeff Hansen

    What you will learn

    Where do you start? Nutrient matrix; Energy; Fat feeding; Managing the nutrition program; Production concerns; Major advancements; What the future holds.

    Meet the guest: Dr. Jeff Hansen graduated with an M.S. from Texas A&M and Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition from Kansas State University. He was previously Director of Nutritional Programs with Murphy‐Brown/Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the world, for over 20 years, and brings extensive experience in nutrition, production management, and feed manufacturing. After that, he joined Nutriquest as Director of Technical Sales and Service.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • "When managing tunnel ventilation, we need to make sure we have wind. If there's no wind, we're effectively not providing any cooling, and the big driver of that is our fans. With that comes making sure our fans are performing optimally: belts are tight, functioning, clean, cones, and shutters are on. A lot of times, shutters can get dirty over winter, and if they don't get cleaned off by the time summer rolls around and pays to keep those shutters clean because they can knock down airflow over 15%" – Dr. Brett Ramirez

    What you will learn

    Why do we raise pigs indoors? The most significant issues when managing tunnel ventilation; How can we fix those issues; Optimal temperature in late finishing; How do ventilation experts come up with the optimal recommendations?

    Meet the guest: Dr. Brett Ramirez is an assistant professor in the Animal Production Systems Engineering group within the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. His research and extension program encompass swine and poultry production systems with a primary focus on ventilation, natural resource and energy efficiency, animal energetics, environmental control, and precision livestock farming.

  • “Having [a fully-integrated model], these days, allows you to marry your supply to your demand and your disposal models, and it gives you some kind of protection in the business. So that's an important first step.” – Dr. Robert van Barneveld

    What you will learn

    1. Latest research from Australia;

    2. Major research breakthroughs from the last decades;

    3. How many diets do really need?

    4. Biggest lessons on running a pork business;

    5. Thoughts on people and culture;

    6. Thoughts on immunocastration;

    7. Trends on growth-promoting antibiotics;

    8. Why doesn’t Australia import new genetics?

    Meet the guest: Dr. Robert van Barneveld began his career in university faculties around Australia after receiving a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with First Class Honors and later a Ph.D. in swine nutrition from The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Robert has served on a number of industry and commercial boards within the industry and is now the Managing Director and CEO of Sunpork Group.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “Clear communication between practitioners and diagnosticians is key to get the most out of a health case” – Dr. Fabio Vanucci

    I got to grab the brain of this experienced swine diagnostician, Dr. Fabio Vanucci… join us on this conversation by clicking any of the buttons below. Also, if I may ask you a favor - share it with the first veterinarian that comes to your mind.

    What you will learn:

    - How the role of the diagnostician has evolved through the years;

    - How does the diagnostician help with the decision-making process to optimize herd health;

    - The future of the swine diagnostician;

    - The use of the sequencing technologies in the diagnostic investigation of infectious diseases;

    - It wouldn’t be a complete podcast if we didn’t ask the Dr. Vanucci his thoughts on COVID-19;

    - The oral fluid revolution;

    - Thoughts on Brazil being free of PRRS and PED.

    Fabio’s favorite swine-related resource: People (my network)

    Fabio’s favorite book in general: Talking to Strangers

    Dr. Fabio Vanucci has joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as Assistant Professor/Pathologist for food animal diseases. He earned his DVM and MSc in Brazil at the Federal University of Viçosa and Federal University of Minas Gerais, respectively, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota studying pathogenesis and diagnostics of Lawsonia intracellularis and Brachsypira spp infections.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “If you get a job as a nutritionist in a feed company, your first job probably will be to update the feed ingredient database.” – Dr. Hans Stein

    What you will learn:

    - The biggest mistake in swine nutrition;

    - Why is this a huge mistake;

    - Thoughts about in-line NIR;

    - Other common mistakes;

    - First few diets after weaning: requirements vs. reality;

    - One thing to change today on how graduate students are trained;

    - Thoughts about the NRC 2012: strengths and weaknesses.

    Hans’ favorite swine-related book: NRC (2012)

    Hans’ favorite book in general: History of Greece, Philippines, and others.

    Dr. Hans Stein is a professor of Animal Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is conducting research and providing outreach programs in the area of intestinal physiology and feed ingredient evaluation. Previous jobs include positions as assistant and associate professor at South Dakota State University, jobs in the feed industry, and jobs in primary agricultural production. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in monogastric nutrition from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Stein was born and raised on a small livestock operation in the southern part of Denmark.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “The majority of boars, if you start varying their collection schedule, it's a stress to the boar and you'll have certain boars that will start to have bad semen quality. Keep it in mind: once a week. If you have older boars, what is common is a 3-in-2 schedule (collected 3 times in 2 weeks).” – Dr. Darwin Reicks

    Boars represented 50% of the final product of pig production and unfortunately get less than 1% of the attention – at least if you measure in terms of literature published. Thus, join me on this podcast with Dr. Darwin Reicks where he shares the changes and best practices in boar studs.

    What you will learn:

    - The 5 biggest changes in boar studs over the last 25 years;

    - What has changed after PRRS;

    - Ventilation;

    - Quality control;

    - Post-Cervical Artificial Insemination;

    - Estimated breeding value (EBVs) management.

    Darwin’s favorite swine-related book: Swine Reproduction

    Darwin’s favorite book in general: The Secret Race

    Dr. Darwin Reicks received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1994 and has been in swine practice since then. Received the Leman “Science in Practice award” from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and the “Science with Practice Award” from Iowa State University in 2017. He is the owner of Reicks Veterinary Research & Consulting, specializing in boar stud management and artificial insemination techniques. International leader in biosecurity applied to insemination centers and external quality controls.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • It is time for our Swine it Podcast Roundtable…

    If you missed the first episode, this is a series of episodes envisioned by the Swine it Podcast and Provimi, where we will have roundtable discussions with experts of the global swine industry tackling subjects that can influence the producer’s bottom line.

    On this episode, I chatted with Dr. Dean Boyd, Dr. Brent Frederick and Mark Hulsebus, about “What’s going on in the pork industry?”.

    Here are the highlights:

    - The state of the industry;

    - What should we be thinking about right now;

    - This crisis compared to anything in the past;

    - Range of strategies in the recent past to slow pigs down;

    - Market outlook and how should we be setting up the diets to be ready for it;

    - What are the most successful producers doing right now to handle with the crisis;

    - Advice for young professionals of the swine industry.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “The reality is… if we get too much calcium in these finishing pig diets, especially, if we get over a 2:1 total Ca to total Phosphorus - even 1.5:1 we could argue - we know we’re decreasing growth.” – Dr. Joel DeRouchey

    What you will learn:

    - Thoughts on phytase;

    - Calcium release from phytase;

    - Superdosing phytase: nursery vs. grow-finishing;

    - Do we give amino acids and energy release values?

    - Poultry vs. pigs when it comes to enzymes.

    - Thoughts on xylanase and proteases.

    Joel’s favorite swine-related resource: magazines (NHF, Pork Magazine) and The Swine it Podcast

    Joel’s favorite book in general: Good to Great

    Our guest is Dr. Joel DeRouchey. Dr. DeRouchey graduated with his bachelor's in Animal Science from South Dakota State University in 1997 and his M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2001) in Swine Nutrition from Kansas State University. He was hired in 2001 and currently, he is a full professor and has a 50% Extension and 50% Research appointment.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “There are a number of different strategies available to benefit these slow growing pigs that we identify early on. It should be a combined strategy rather than one particular intervention. You should be focusing on these pigs at several different points during their early life, in order to get the best of catching up.” – Dr. Sadie Douglas

    What you will learn:

    - The top 3 lessons from all her research;

    - The most important risk factors associated with poor lifetime growth performance;

    - Thoughts on variability;

    - Thoughts on compensatory growth;

    - What can producers implement based on her studies;

    - Thoughts on cross-fostering.

    Sadie’s favorite swine-related book: Science and Practice of Pig Production

    Sadie’s favorite book in general: Wolf of the Plains

    Our guest is Dr. Sadie Douglas. Dr. Douglas completed her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals in 2009 and before that a BSc in Bioveterinary Science, both at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She also took a Ph.D. on the management and nutrition of lightweight pigs at Newcastle University.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “[To survive major economic challenges], in my mind, producers should have about $100 per pig marketed annually of working capital capacity. If things get really bad, and I lose $50 per pig for 2 years, we will be OK." – Dr. Brad Freking

    What you will learn:

    - Thoughts on WHO’s asymptomatic, presymptomatic COVID-19 cases;

    - How fast are the packing plants recovering and product mix change?

    - What swine professionals sometimes misunderstand about packing plants;

    - Handling economic challenges as a pig business and on having cash reserves;

    - Biggest challenges on mid/long-term for the industry;

    - Why now is the best time to get herd immunity to COVID-19;

    - Internal research results: share with others or keep it with you?

    - Thoughts on people, processes and systems: why our managers have a profit & loss statement;

    - Why the quest for the best feed efficiency from a nutrition standpoint does not make sense;

    - Pigs/Sow/Year vs. quality pigs delivered to the nursery.

    Brad’s favorite swine-related book: Diseases of Swine

    Brad’s favorite book in general: Peter Zeihan’s books

    Our guest is Dr. Brad Freking. Dr. Freking is the CEO and Owner at New Fashion Pork, received his BS on Animal Sciences from South Dakota State University, and Doctorate on Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

    This episode was published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “Since [this research] is done in your barns under commercial conditions, your management (good or bad), your intakes (good or bad), your growth (good or bad)… You don't have to make that application or interpretation. Some of the frustration that my peers have that in terms of having a wean-to-finish [commercial research] barn is that their health status or their intake is so different that they don't necessarily see the same response that they do once they try to put into production." – Dr. Trey Kellner

    What you will learn:

    - Pros and cons of system-wide research studies;

    - How many close-outs do you need?

    - Revisiting the concept of an experimental unit;

    - What is a rolling allotment?

    - How to control for variation;

    - How about sow research?

    - Recent transition feeding study;

    - A recent study on bump-feeding in late gestation: performance and economics;

    - Multiplication of body weight gain: thoughts on intrinsic vs. extrinsic factors;

    - How your priority might not be other people’s priorities.

    Trey’s favorite swine-related book: Biology of the Domestic Pig and Feed Efficiency in Swine

    Trey’s favorite book in general: Getting to Yes and Lead... for God's Sake!

    Our guest is Dr. Trey Kellner. Dr. Kellner received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2017, following his B.S. at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Right after graduation, he joined AMVC Nutritional Services as their first Swine Nutritionist.

    This episode was edited and published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “The science that shows viruses can live in the feed has being replicated so many times, over some many different viruses. I think that’s 100% science, there’s no question about that. But there are quite a few things we don’t understand yet, so there’s quite a bit of art.” – Dr. Scott Dee

    What you will learn:

    - A brief history behind feed biosecurity;

    - The biggest learnings from recent times;

    - Minimizing risk in imported products;

    - The 80/20 rule of feed biosecurity;

    - Art or science?

    - The biggest changes in feed mills from a practical standpoint in the last few years;

    - The range of feed biosecurity around the globe and what can be done better to reduce everyone’s risk.

    Our guest is Dr. Scott Dee. Dr. Dee earned his DVM, MS, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is a board-certified veterinary microbiologist and a past President of the AASV. After working in swine practice for 12 years, Scott was a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he focused his research on the transmission and biosecurity of PRRSv for 12 years. In 2011, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN where he currently serves as Director of Pipestone Applied Research.

    This episode was edited and published by Lauro Faccin.

  • “Ammonia levels, stocking density, number of pigs per caregiver, type of floor, and timeliness of feed supply are the 5 biggest factors affecting tail-biting” – Dr. Flaviana Gottardo and Dr. Annalisa Scollo

    What you will learn:
    - What is the impact of each of the different factors?
    - Experiences from a practical standpoint;
    - Practical recommendations for producers;
    - What is still needed from a research perspective.

    Flaviana’s favorite swine-related book: Human-Livestock Interactions
    Annalisa’s favorite swine-related book: Diseases of Swine
    Flaviana’s favorite book in general: The House of Sleep
    Annalisa’s favorite book in general: The Little Prince

    Our guests are Dr. Flaviana Gottardo and Dr. Annalisa Scollo. Dr. Gottardo is graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Padova (1992); Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Padova (1996). Researcher in Animal Science since 2009 and Associated Professor of Farm Animal Husbandry and Welfare at the University of Padova from 2006. Dr. Scollo is a veterinarian since 2009 and obtained a Ph.D. on pig welfare. Associate Professor at the University of Padova, she has participated in several research projects having to do with the pig sector, with special attention to welfare.

    This episode was edited and published by Lauro Faccin.
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