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National Dairy Month

National Dairy Month

June is National Dairy Month, and, well, I love cheese, so I wanted to share a few fun facts from our friends in the dairy industry. 97% of dairy farms are family owned/operated.  51,000 families run dairy farms across the country. Despite their Cheesehead enthusiasm,…

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Virtual Vacation

Virtual Vacation

Today kicks off College World Series season here in Omaha, which means it’s officially summer.  Bring on the back yard BBQs, sunscreen and road trips.  Our summer calendar is filling up with weddings, a family reunion and a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for NPIC.  But…

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WPX Report

WPX Report

Gro Master has been at World Pork Expo for 25 years; I have been there for 4.  However, this was my first year to attend as an employee rather than just a supportive wife. It was great watching Booth 503 come together during set up….

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Flatlander

Flatlander

One of the things I love the most about traveling around the Midwest is the landscape.  I grew up in Kansas and love the sight of farmland and a big sky.  Take a few deep breaths and just let it soak in.  Ahhhh…

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Proud wife moment

Proud wife moment

Chad’s been working on these growth curves since before I met him.  What’s a growth curve you ask?  Honestly, I don’t understand exactly how they work, but it’s something about projecting the future weight of a pig in a large pen auto sort setting, and…

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Piglets of the week

Piglets of the week

We stopped at a barn near Britt, Iowa, to check on a Water-Space Nursery Feeder trial earlier this week.  The feeder looked great, and so did these little guys.    

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Photo & Video Shoot

Photo & Video Shoot

There’s a limited amount of slat-floor hog barn stock photography out there, so I enlisted some friends from my previous employer to help with a photo shoot in a customer’s barn earlier this week. Jordan & Vivian did awesome – little complaining about the smell,…

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Adventuring

Adventuring

Who doesn’t love the biggest truck stop in the world?

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Visit to Crystal Spring

Visit to Crystal Spring

There’s an increasing trend in consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from.  But today, let’s go even further – all the way back to the source of the equipment that feeds the pigs that become your bacon.  Yum, bacon.   Crystal Spring is…

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Mason City Monday

Mason City Monday

We had to be up near Mason City, Iowa, this morning, so we stayed at the Historic Park Inn again last night. Traveler tip: always sign up for hotel loyalty programs – we scored a free upgrade last night. The HPI gets big points for…

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