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Porktober

Porktober

What I love most about National Pork Month (other than bacon, of course) is that it’s celebrated in October. Hope your Porktober is filled with beautiful colors and plenty of tasty pork!

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Bacon makes it better

Bacon makes it better

There’s no doubt that bacon makes it better, and this week, bacon makes it into the business spotlight. What’s it, you ask? Oh, just everything.  Even the economy. Yep, really. “In terms of economic impact [of food trends], nothing beats bacon. While most…trends tend to…

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October: Pork Month

October: Pork Month

October originally became known as Pork Month because it marked the time of year when hogs were traditionally marketed. Today, it serves as a celebration to thank pork producers and share their stories with consumers.  Watch here for fun facts, recipes, stories and more as…

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Back in the Barn

Back in the Barn

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in a barn.  I don’t miss the stink, but I have missed taking pictures of pigs. The barn we were in this morning has a large pen auto sort system. In this system, the pigs all live together in…

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Follow Friday: #RealPigFarming

Follow Friday:  #RealPigFarming

The power of social media to spread messages and provoke thought is undeniable.  Photos, 140 characters, hashtags, branded websites – they all work together to focus discussions on hot topics and common interests. Real Pig Farming is a campaign driven by the National Pork Board…

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Open House

Open House

Some of our team members are out near Riceville, Iowa, today, celebrating the construction of a new barn at an Open House.  It’s basically what it sounds like – a farmer invites all his friends and relations to come and tour his shiny new (clean!) red barn,…

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Throwback Thursday / many moons ago

Throwback Thursday / many moons ago

Gro Master is moving office buildings this fall, so everyone has been sorting and purging files and boxes at the current office in preparation for the move.  I started going through a file drawer of old photos today, and found these gems. Circa 1991.  Piglets…

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Crystal Spring Hog Equipment: Legacy Video

Crystal Spring Hog Equipment: Legacy Video

Have you watched the Crystal Spring Hog Equipment legacy video yet?  You really should. This project was a year-long labor of love for myself, the guys at Crystal Spring (and their awesome wives and sisters and kiddos), and the creative team at Jordan Green Productions,…

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World Pork Expo 2014

World Pork Expo 2014

I’m over at SwineWeb.com again this week, sharing stories from my World Pork Expo experience.   #1: A behind the scenes look at setting up our booth   #2:  A review of tradeshow booths at WPX   #3:  Food at World Pork Expo  

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When pigs get sick

When pigs get sick

We spent several days in a barn earlier this spring trying to help a farmer optimize his feeders.  His pigs were sick, and they were running the feeders poorly – namely, wasting feed and making a general mess of things. (Have you ever tried to…

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