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On this podcast, Dr. Márcio Gonçalves interviews the brightest minds of the global swine industry.

The Swine it Podcast Show Marcio Goncalves, DVM, PhD

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On this podcast, Dr. Márcio Gonçalves interviews the brightest minds of the global swine industry.

    Innovation, immunocastrated gilts, retirement, and living your best life - Dr. Steve Pollmann

    Innovation, immunocastrated gilts, retirement, and living your best life - Dr. Steve Pollmann

    “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.



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    • 58 min
    Hot topics on swine production, nutrition, research, and new technologies - Dr. Jon De Jong

    Hot topics on swine production, nutrition, research, and new technologies - Dr. Jon De Jong

    “[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.



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    • 46 min
    Executing the fundamentals of swine management - Todd Thurman

    Executing the fundamentals of swine management - Todd Thurman

    “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.



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    • 58 min
    Creating Competencies on Pig Farms Following the Science of How Adults Learn - Dr. Sarah Probst Miller

    Creating Competencies on Pig Farms Following the Science of How Adults Learn - Dr. Sarah Probst Miller

    “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.

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    • 34 min
    Lessons learned in swine nutrition, production, teaching, and pig business - Dr. James Pettigrew

    Lessons learned in swine nutrition, production, teaching, and pig business - Dr. James Pettigrew

    “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.



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    • 53 min
    3 pivotal studies from the last 5 years - Dr. Chris Hostetler

    3 pivotal studies from the last 5 years - Dr. Chris Hostetler

    “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.

    • 44 min

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