What is pig farming like in different countries? How do pork producers deal with new challenges? What can we learn from each other? Those types of questions are key in a brand new podcast series, the Real P3, which Pig Progress is happy to host.
#75 – Dr Casey Bradley – By-products in pig nutrition
This solo episode with Dr Bradley wraps up the three-part series on byproducts. The first 2 episodes in the series focused on digging into DDGS and milk byproducts. In contrast, in this episode, Dr Bradley shifted the focus of the conversation to a broader selection of ingredients and applications. She talks about her experience over her many years of being in the feed industry, including some of the more interesting ingredients she has used in the past and the challenges associated with those ingredients. She also provides perspective on using byproducts from the feed milling point of view. Finally, the episode is wrapped up with a discussion about the sustainability aspect that using byproducts in feed provides to the livestock industry.
#74 – Dr David Rosero & Dr Nick Shelton – DDGS
This episode of the Real P3 podcast visits Dr David Rosero and Dr Nick Shelton on the use of distillers’ dried grains and solubles (DDGS) in swine nutrition. Dr Rosero is nutritionist for the Hanor Company and Dr Shelton is a consulting nutritionist for NutriQuest. Dr Rosero shares an integrator’s perspective while Dr Shelton’s point of view comes from independent producers across the US. They provide great insight on the challenges associated with using DDGS from a cost perspective, inclusion fluctuation, and toxin concentration in addition to the benefit opportunities associated with sustainability.
#73 – Philip van den Brink & Casey van der Bergh – Milk by-products
This week’s episode is the first of a 3-part series on by-products and their applications in swine feed. The topic of this episode is milk by-products, with views from Phillip van den Brink from the Netherlands and Casey van der Bergh from South Africa, both of whom are swine nutritionists. On the menu are the uses of several milk by-products obtained from the dairy industry and the successes and challenges involved.
#72 Dr Casey Bradley & Vincent ter Beek – Q3 Review
In this episode, host Dr Casey Bradley discusses various topics from around the pig world that occurred in the third quarter of 2022 with Pig Progress editor Vincent ter Beek. One of the main topics is around some of the recent technological advancements in the swine industry and some of the challenges they face. Also, we discuss the status of the labour market in the US and Europe in terms of the swine industry as well as the effects of the events unfolding in Ukraine.
#71 Ben Greenfield – Contract growing to the meatshop
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Ben Greenfield from Ohio, USA. In addition to his 15 years of experience managing hog confinements, Greenfield has also worked in the meat and dairy industries. He gives some insight into the US swine industry from the perspective of a contract caregiver. Most of his experience is in the ween-to-finish phase of pork production. He also touches on some advice he has for managers and producers to confront the labor shortages and low retention rates the industry currently faces.
#70 Susannah & Molly Gimson – Ladies in pigs
Susannah and Molly Gimson run a family-owned, pasture-based 1,100 sow operation in the UK, participating in the Red Tractor programme. These ladies are at the pinnacle of animal welfare in the UK as they hold themselves, their employees, and their entire process to the highest standards. They are also both involved in the “Ladies and Pigs” programme which is an organisation that is very involved in educating the pork industry in the UK.
#69 Stewart Skinner – Antibiotic-free pork
This episode revolves around Stewart Skinner, founder of Imani Farms in Ontario, Canada. He raises specialty pork and focuses on the antibiotic-free market. He went from growing up on a pig farm to pursuing a degree in agriculture business as well as a master’s in agriculture economics at the University of Guelph. After college, Skinner started his career in politics working as political staff for the minister of agriculture in Ontario. After a few years, he decided to return to farming where he founded Imani Farms in 2016. His farm focuses on raising certified humane pigs.
#68 Dalton Obermier – Sow longevity traits (ASAS 2022)
The guest for this episode is Dalton Obermier, who grew up on an acreage in York, NE, United States, in which he was fortunate enough to show horses, cattle and pigs at the local, state, and national levels. He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2018 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), a master’s degree in 2020 from North Carolina State University, and now he is working on his PhD in animal breed and genetics back at UNL. His research focuses on sow longevity traits and the development of phenotypes using Nutrack, an advanced computer vision system.
#67 Dan Bussières – A Canadian perspective on zinc (ASAS 2022)
Dan Bussières is an agronomist and the co-founder of Groupe Cérès from Québec. This company offers services in all fields of activity related to pig farming: genetics, nutrition, food production, research, management, and network production. In this episode, zinc is being discussed in piglet diets. Also there is attention for other nutritional topics, such as creep feeding, droughts and challenges to do better commercial level research.
#66 Dr Christine Bone – Boar taint (ASAS 2022)
This episode was recorded during the ASAS 2022 annual meeting Oklahoma City, OK, USA. Host Dr Casey Bradley interviews Dr Christine Bone, University of Guelph, to discuss her research on boar taint. Dr Bone grew up in a rural community in Ontario, Canada and developed her interest in agriculture and the pork industry at a young age. The goal of her research is to find early markers in boars to predict both early or late puberty and the ultimate boar taint. But the process is complex and multifactorial. Her ultimate goal is to not only predict the onset of boar taint in the meat but to find natural solutions to prevent it.
#65 Arlene Garcia-Marquez – On-farm euthanasia (ASAS 2022)
This episode kicks off a series featuring swine research that was presented at the American Association of Animal Science (ASAS) Annual Meeting held in Oklahoma City, OK, United States, from June 26-30, 2022. Guest Dr Arlene Garcia-Marquez has a research focus on animal behaviour and welfare. Podcast host Dr Casey Bradley takes Dr Garcia down the path of how her research to on-farm euthanasia is connected to the preparation of foreign animal diseases and potential mass-depopulation needs.
#64 Barrett Eller – Employee efficiency and culture
Barrett Eller is director of sales for the US company Swine Technologies. Podcast host Dr Casey Bradley and Barrett connect over their history at New Fashion Pork, even though it was at different times. The discussion includes components of worker safety, continuous improvement, and employee culture. The conversation dives into the comfort levels of technology and how to change farm culture to adapt technology to drive efficiencies.
#63 The Real P3 Podcast Team – Q2 News Update (2022)
Keeping with tradition, this episode will feature highlights, critical news, and events from the wnd quarter of 2022 in the global swine industry. Meetings and events were in full swing after Covid-19 for the worldwide swine industry in the 2nd quarter. In June, podcast host Dr Casey Bradley visited the US events World Pork Expo (Des Moines, IA) and the National American Society of Animal Science Meeting (Oklahoma City, OK), and key take-aways and intervies are discussed. Other news is the Ukraine-Russia war, farmers’ protests in the Netherlands, impacts of Covid-19 and global pricing issues.
#62b Mark Jagger – Doing better in the pig industry – the UK example (Part 2)
This is 2 of a 2 part episode of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley continues her talk with Jagger about the importance of water, some changes being made to drive water sustainability, and optimising performance on the grower-finisher side.
#62a Mark Jagger – Doing better in the pig industry – the UK example (Part 1)
This is 1 of a 2-part episode of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley speaks to Mark Jagger in the UK. Having been in the swine industry most of his life, Jagger has worked his way from a technician to a sow farm manager and now leads a team on the grower-finisher side.
#61 Asger Krogsgaard – Danish Market Update
In this 61st episode of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley speaks about the current state of Denmark’s swine industry with Danish pork producer and vice-chairman of the Danish Crown board, Asger Krogsgaard.
#60 Willem Steyn & Chantel Pennicott – Swine Research Day
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast explores the inaugural Swine Research Day, set up by Swine Nutrition Management, owned by the podcast’s co-founder, Willem Steyn. Also back on the podcast is Chantel Pennicott. She is technical manager for the Baynesfield Estate in South Africa and manages the research facility that ran many of the trials showcased at the Swine Research Day.
#59 Chantel Pennicott – Pig simulation modelling and nutrition
In this episode, Dr Casey Bradley has an interesting journey talking with Chantel Pennicott a South African MS graduate in pig simulation modeling and nutrition. Amongst others, they will discuss a guest model development, simulate a market scenario, and discuss how to use fibre.
#58 Josh Oelker & Travis Olson – Biosecurity improvements
In this episode, Dr Casey Bradley and 2 representatives from Hale, Josh and Travis, discuss the hot topic of biosecurity. The fundamental principles of ventilation, filtration, and disinfection are highlighted, and how they can be used to improve farm production efficiency, overall pig and worker health and profitability. Pressing questions about our current and future systems are discussed and addressed.
#57 Joshua Toews – A new approach to the supply chain
For this episode, host Dr Casey Bradley ventures outside of swine production from a traditional perspective and discuss a new idea for the supply chain for grains and pulse crops with Joshua Toews with NGF Global. Through this startup, the speakers find solutions to bring transparency and connection to the food chain while providing value to both the crop farmers and the customers they supply. While NGF is just starting with pulse crops, the future of agriculture is in its sights.
#56 Jeb Gent (part 2) – Biosecurity innovation
In part 2 with Jeb Gent, Dr Casey Bradley discusses the innovation behind Ascension Ag’s new product and company. The idea came from riding around with a veterinarian and PEDv reinfection from slaughter trucks. A liquid disinfectant was not practical, thus developing a dry disinfectant. Also, in this episode, the speakers discuss the primary needs of biosecurity and the simple things that can be done to protect swine herds.
#55 Edward Yang – Highlights from 2022 Midwest ASAS Meetings
This episode highlights Midwest ASAS’s symposium “I am not Bossy – Professional Women in the Allied Industry,” as well as other presentations from this year’s meeting. In the first part of the episode, our host Casey Bradley discusses the symposium and the inspiration beyond it. Edward Yang also explains what it means to be a scholar, his research, and what’s next for the industry.
#54 Jeb Gent (part 1) – Being an entrepreneur in the swine industry
This episode is part 1 of 2, featuring Jeb Gent, co-founder of Ascension Ag. Host Dr Casey Bradley will be discussing what it is like being an entrepreneur in the swine industry. The speakers will highlight the challenges and considerations Gent and his company faced as they developed a new product and how they are changing the way the industry thinks about biosecurity within the swine industry.
#53 The Real P3 Podcast Team – Q1 News Update (2022)
This episode will discuss quarter one updates from the global perspective. The number one headline is the war of Ukraine and the disappearance of Covid-19 in the news. Of course, there is an update on the global ASF situation with outbreaks in Italy and Thailand.
#52 Marc Raath – Animal health and biosecurity
The Sunswine Group’s new extern Marc Raath from South Africa gives a different perspective on animal health and biosecurity. Host Dr Casey Bradley and Raath address some of the pitfalls that producers experience with biosecurity and management. How have on-farm challenges changed over time and finding the balance between biosecurity and employee compliance through identifying simple solutions? They delve into what it means for a pig to be “content” and how fibre is the “missing link” for optimal pig health and economics. Also on the menu: Raath’s new research on tail biting and his day-to-day life as an animal health technician.
#51 Amos Petersen & Bill Winkelman – Innovation for piglets
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Farrpro’s founder and CEO Amos Petersen and COO Bill Winkelman about bringing innovations into the swine industry. Host Dr Casey Bradley discuss their experiences in developing new ideas on creating microenvironments for piglets.
#50 Stephen Hall – Hidden data and genetic actuality
In this episode, UK-based international pig data analyst Stephen Hall discusses how the industry needs to focus more on the producer economics of what data is revealing and how genetics can help with herd management. He also talks about the importance of the industry controlling the narrative around the perception of how pork is produced.
#49 Bradley Lawrence & Joe Crenshaw – Back to biology
This episode is another educational discussion with Dr Bradley Lawrence with Novus and Dr Joe Crenshaw with APC. Host Dr Casey Bradley discusses why it is necessary to go back to the basics of biology to bring real solutions to some our main problems in swine production. The discussion starts around the issue of sow prolapses and mortality but takes a deep dive into what the next generation needs to know entering the industry.
#48 Willem Steyn – Understanding colostrum needs
In this episode The Real P3 podcast discusses colostrum needs and how to measure success, with the podcast’s co-founder Willem Steyn. He has been working hard with his producers on training them to identify pigs with poor colostrum intake through thermal scanning. Host Dr Casey Bradley also gets into discussions around developing gilts and maximising mammary development to help litters get off to a better start and thus reduce pre-weaning mortality.
#47 Todd Thurman – Global perspective on labour and health
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Todd Thurman, a global swine consultant with SwineTex. In this episode, Dr Casey Bradley and Thurman will discuss the 2 main problems faced by all producers around the world, labour and animal health. As Thurman has worked around the world with different systems and producers he brings great insights on how to handle these challenges.
#46 Sanne Baden – Lowering pig mortality
In this episode The Real P3 podcast heads back to Denmark to interview one of the new friends and trusted advisors, Sanne Baden, on how to reduce mortality in both the farrowing crate and in sows. Dr Casey Bradley discuss stockmanship, training and how to optimize any situation. One of the best trainers in the swine industry explains how to get things right in farm systems.
#45 Vincent ter Beek – Review of Banff Pork Seminar
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast has a big announcement, as it is now officially part of the Pig Progress family. And what better way to start off the partnership by interviewing the editor of Pig Progress, Vincent ter Beek, about Banff Pork 2022? Listen to his key take-a-ways from the seminar and get down to the real uncut opinions of the direction of the industry and animal welfare.
#44 Matthew Rooda – Understanding barn technology
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Matthew Rooda, CEO and founder of SwineTech. His unique career path has created a successful innovation for the swine industry. What are potential solutions to the issue of crushed piglets, and how can it help human capital in a production system?
#43 Ring in 2022
In this episode, the founders of the Real P3 podcast are looking back to 2021 and are casting their look ahead to 2022. Willem Steyn, Philip van der Brink, Vincent ter Beek and Dr Casey Bradley. They discuss ASF, mycotoxins, ASF, zero zinc, ingredient shortages, and increasing input costs as the main 2021 challenges.
#42 Darlene Bloxham – Understanding selenium
This episode is the first in new education series on the Real P3 podcast. Through the new series, we hope to touch on different concepts in swine production. For the first episode, the podcast speaks to Dr Darlene Bloxham from Adisseo. On the menu are oxidative stress, the role of selenium, and getting the most consistent response with selenium by choosing the right source of selenium.
#41 Hubèrt van Hees – Family feeding
On October 19, 2021, Pig Progress published an article about “Family Feeding.” It is a collaborative research project in the Netherlands to help pigs get off to a better start by helping them to eat more prior to weaning. It sparked interest at the Real P3 podcast, hence Trouw Nutrition’s senior researcher Hubèrt van Hees takes centre stage at this podcast. In the conversation, Dr Bradley and Van Hees discuss the project and the importance of creep feeding and getting pigs off to a better start post-weaning.
#40 Jim Eadie – Bringing the Web to the swine industry
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Jim Eadie with Swineweb.com. He was one of the first companies to bring information to the swine industry via the worldwide web. The podcast discusses his journey, Canadian-USA industry relations, and the future of the industry.
#39 August Offenberg – Creating a positive image
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits August Offenberg with “Sun Pork” or Zonvarken in the Netherlands. Offenberg grew up on a swine farm and has worked in the animal feed industry for most of his career. As a producer and professional in the industry, he was concerned with the constant negative press swine operations were receiving. So with his partners, they set out to change this stigma that created a production system that tackled animal welfare, environmental and human food waste concerns in their pilot farm. The first operation is a success and through the retailer, commitments will be expanding his operations. Their unique perspectives on raising pork has helped to change a negative image into a positive one for swine producers in the Netherlands.
#38 Francisco Tascón – Choosing the right KPIs
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast meets Francisco Tascón from Colombia – a veterinarian, pig producer, CEO of the Colombian Swine Association, and software manager for AgroVision. Tascón helps farmers make informed decisions using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The speakers focus on measuring KPIs, why they are important for profitability and sustainability, as well as the long-term consequences your decisions may have. Tascón turns the tables and asks Dr Casey Bradley how and why farms are using data in the US – is it effective?
#37 Highlights from the Pig Survivability Conference
In this episode, listeners will hear from Dr Casey Bradley in a solo recording discussing her key take-aways from the International Conference on Pig Survivability. She will discuss mortality issues, biosecurity, correlation versus causation, the people problem, and the next steps to a solution. She will also highlight the grant that funded this project and conference. More information can be found at the website: piglivability.org/.
#36 David Henman – Rivalea Australia
In this episode, David Henman, a swine nutritionist from Australia discusses important aspects of an integrated production system. The focus is on change: How the Australian system may change in the near future due to an amalgamation with the US and Brazil; how to manage enteric diseases with feed and reducing antibiotic use; how genetic selection for increased disease resistance affects other production criteria; how to manipulate sow diets – or not to; how Covd-19 has affected the Australian market, genetic selection, and overall production. This episode reaches into multiple important aspects of pork production, its challenges, and their solutions, and how the future is changing.
#35 2021 Zinc special – Global perspectives
In this episode, sponsored by Zinpro, a panel of pork production experts comes together to discuss the hot topic of zinc oxide used in pig feed around the globe. The host, Vincent ter Beek from Pig Progress discusses this important topic with Dr Casey Bradley (USA), Philip van der Brink (Netherlands), Megan Edwards (Vietnam), JP Martineau (Canada), and Colin Twomey (Ireland). This educational episode brings to light some of the hazards of using zinc oxide, how producers can better manage pig herds into the future with increasing restrictions, as well as potential solutions which may allow to mitigate zinc oxide use altogether.
#34 Dr Arlene Garcia – Employee training and pig welfare
This inspiring episode with Dr Arlene Garcia, a specialist in animal behaviour and welfare from Texas Tech, is synonymous with The Real P3 podcast in that both find solutions to industry-related problems. In this podcast, the speakers delve into the topic of English as a second language amongst barn caretakers and the impact this has on animal welfare. In addition, topics touched on include the importance of having welfare standards, effective training programmes and understanding how employees follow them.
#33 The importance of farm visits
This episode is hosted by Vincent ter Beek, editor of Pig Progress. Pressing questions about the importance of farm visits are addressed by Dr Casey Bradley, a swine technology expert from the Sunswine Group in the US, and Philip van der Brink, a senior swine nutritionist from Nutrisign in the Netherlands. Some people frequent farms, while others do not; but the key question is: How to do it well? The experts explain why it is important to understand the situation on each farm before discussing nutrition as “problems are usually multifactorial.” As well the topics such as the importance of having reliable data, preparation, and biosecurity are discussed.
#32 Jon Hoek – The true cost of employee turnover
This thought-provoking episode forms part of the podcast series which addresses the trained labour shortage issue within the pork production industry. The podcasts speaks to Jon Hoek, president of Summit Smart Farms, whose mission is to equip employees and their employers in ways that will optimise on-farm results. The economic impact of proper employee training is quantified and Cloverleaf – a programme that simplifies industrial psychology – is discussed.
#31 Johann Kotzé – Living with ASF in South Africa
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Johann Kotzé of the South Africa Pork Producers Organization (SAPPO). Main question is how producers in South Africa have lived with endemic African Swine Fever (ASF). Some key highlights include how they have taken regionalisation even further into compartmentalisation to ensure trade remains open. That is essential as trade is considered within provinces of their own countries and with other countries. Kotzé describes the South African producer as passionate which then translates into resiliency, even in the face of constant ASF pressures from both the wildlife and cultural production practices.
#30 Katherine Marcano-Bell – Understanding the need for inclusion
In this episode the Real P3 podcast travels to the US to meet with Katherine and Brandon Bell, a dynamic duo who own a 12,000 pig contract grower farm in Iowa. On the menu are different aspects of one of the most pressing issues in the US pork industry – labour. The podcast discusses how to transition from urban life to farming, listening to pigs, how new eyes notice small things and females in agriculture. Also, how the industry needs to consider a different perspective to create a work-life balance for both producer and employees.
#29 Myles van Deventer – A trip to Baynesfield Estate in South Africa
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast travels to South Africa to meet with Myles van Deventer, the managing director of Baynesfield Estate – a diversified farming operation with a 2200-sow farrow-to-finish system. On the programme are unexpected but relatable challenges and solutions on the farm such as the consequences of expanding pig operations, having a research facility, political unrest, high maize mycotoxin levels, biosecurity, and more.
#28 Summer 2021 global highlights
In this episode of the podcast, Dr Casey Bradley connected with co-founders Philip van den Brink and Willem Steyn as well as Vincent ter Beek, editor of Pig Progress, to reflect on the past months.
#27 Dr Pablo Moreno – Global swine health perspectives
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Dr Pablo Moreno and discuss his work with swine producers in Mexico, Russia, China, and the USA. The speakers discuss the importance of training in the prevention of swine diseases and the need for continuance and new ways of communication in the swine industry.
#26 Dr Joel Flores – Understanding vaccines for production success
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast discusses vaccines with Dr Joel Flores of Cambridge Technologies. During the conversation, Dr Flores explains why vaccinations are not always efficacy and what we can do about it from a producer standpoint. He also discusses the option of autogenous or custom vaccines and the potential benefits this approach has for swine producers.
#25 Guy Soreq – Understanding ingredient pricing
In this episode we visit with the founder of Glowlit – Guy Soreq to better understand ingredient pricing and how to stay ahead of the markets. Guy explains the whys and hows behind his service and how it is changing the game for both livestock producers and suppliers. Also, we learn a little bit about pork production in Israel.
#24.3 Happy 70th birthday, Dad, part 3
In the final part of the series to celebrate Craig Bradley’s 70th birthday the Real P3 podcast will be visiting his friend Dennis Wooden. The Wooden family has been raising purebred breeding stock for 3 generations in Cass County, MI, United States. In this part, the speakers will discuss the need for diversification in the swine industry and the challenges the smaller independent producers face in today’s industry.
#24.2 Happy 70th birthday, Dad, part 2
In continuation of celebrating Dr Bradley’s father, in part 2 the Real P3 podcast is visiting Scott McKenzie from Cass County, MI, United States. The Bradleys started in the swine industry working for McKenzie’s father Don McKenzie and then his brother Raymond McKenzie. Scott will discuss his passion for his system and the challenges his family faces today and in the future.
#24.1 Happy 70th birthday, Dad, part 1
To celebrate Dr Casey Bradley’s father’s 70th birthday, the Real P3 podcast spends a 3-part series visiting multi-generational swine producers from Cass County, MI, United States. On the menu are some insights into pork production in the past, present, and future. Listeners will get to learn about Dr Bradley’s past how it has shaped her today and what motivates her to support swine producers around the world. In part one the attention is all for Craig Bradley, Casey’s father.
#23 Dave Klocke – Feeding a sow her way
In this episode, Dave Klocke, pig producer and founder of PigEasy talks about feeding sows and get the best out of them. In the discussion, the team discuss wet-dry feeding for sows and how the meal meter came about. Klocke has explored ways how it is possible to provide fresh feed to her sows, her way.
#22 Dr Daniel Columbus – Creating applied models for swine
In this episode, Dr Daniel Columbus discussed his current research at The Praire Swine Centre in Canada. Dr Columbus has been working on creating models to better understand nutritional requirements in disease and stressed states of swine. Most recently he has an interesting publication on the long-term effects of mycotoxins on finishing pigs and the results may surprise.
#21 Amanda Minton & Dr Justin Fix – Getting genetics right
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast sits down with Amanda Minton and Dr Justin Fix with Acuity Genetics, to discuss getting genetics right in swine herds. Minton touches on boar fertility and how The Maschhoffs and Acuity have researched this issue in their systems. Dr Fix discusses how to make sure producers get the right genetics utilising the correct drivers within herds. Acuity was born out of The Maschhoffs need for better genetics and is now available to other producers.
#20 JP Martineau & Louis-Philippe Roy – Piglet crushing
In this episode, we have the opportunity to have a joint episode with JP Martineau and Louis-Philippe Roy from Porcast. Martineau is a pork producer in Québec, Canada. The speakers discuss how Roy’s farm solved their problems with piglet crushing and day 1 pig care without high-tech ideas. In addition, listeners will learn how 24-hour care makes a huge difference and enjoy some laughs along the way.
#19 Ron Simmons – Niche pork production
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast is visiting pork producer Ron Simmons, with Masterblend Farms in North Carolina, USA. When many people think of North Carolina and pork production, companies like Smithfield Foods comes to mind. But in Kenansville, NC, Simmons and his crew take vertical integration in a different direction. They are 100% pasture-based and market all of their own pork products via restaurants like the famous “The Pitt” in Raleigh to their own storefront at the farm. The podcast offers listeners the opportunity to learn more about how he is chasing greatness and making a pasture-based system thrive.
#18 Edward Yang – Understanding the USA-China connection
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast will visit with doctoral candidate Edward Yang, formerly a pig producer from China, on the opportunities within the global swine industry from the USA to China. Yang will discuss what he has learned in his business minor and how it applies to make producers profitable and sustainable. he is an upcoming leader in the pig industry and has the ability to bring the global swine industry into perspective from both the US and Chinese perspectives.
#17.3 Ana Lucia Pozzobon de Souza – Midwest ASAS highlights, part 3
In the final part about the Midwest ASAS meetings, Dr Ana de Souza will walk listeners through key takeaways. One of the main presentations and discussions from the meetings and the last year came out of Dr Stein’s laboratory again looking at effects of leucine-rich diets and the consequences it has on other amino acids, especially the branch chain amino acids. Dr De Souza gives a rundown on the need-to-know information.
#17.2 Jim Smith – Midwest ASAS highlights, part 2
This episode is part 2 of 3 featuring Kent Nutrition’s Dr Jim Smith. This episode will discuss the information from the Midwest ASAS meetings and how to apply it to the farm level. He says, “I’m always trying to balance the good statistical science with practicality.” Listeners will definitely better understand how nutritionists determine if P<0.05 versus $2/pig wins and what drives decisions.
#17.1 Caroline Gonzalez-Vega – Midwest ASAS highlights, part 1
Part 1 of 3: In this episode the Real P3 podcast is reviewing the Midwest ASAS meetings with Evonik’s Dr Caroline Gonzalez-Vega. She will discuss the advances made in amino acid and protein nutrition on the opportunities for improved efficiency and feed cost savings.
#16 Steven Payne – The pork industry in Africa
In this episode, Dr Casey Bradley and Steven discuss Urban Farmer’s mission of enabling Africa to competitively produce livestock to foster the vision of producing affordable, safe, high-quality animal protein in Africa, Africa. They discuss some of the African market’s challenges and opportunities and some of the solutions and services that Urban Farmer provides to support producers.
#15 Pieter Beerens – Swinco’s big litter concept
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Pieter Beerens in the Netherlands to discuss what it takes to get up to 37 pigs/sow/year. Beerens has been working with Swinco for a couple of years on implementing “The Big Litter” concept and has achieved over an 8% improvement in pigs/sow/year, while creating an easier system to manage bigger litters. This podcast was sponsored by Swinco.
#14 Nii Odoi – A trip to Ghana
In this episode, Odoi talks about pig farming in Ghana. He speaks about the challenges of pork production, processing swine for sales, and meeting the local pork demands. Living an hour and a half from the capital city, Odoi tells how his brother’s shop helps with his pork sales, and how the increase in food prices has affected his business. How does Odoi get around the effects of the Ghanaian temperatures on the pigs? What are the challenges with raising fourth-generation pigs? He shares predictions on the Ghanaian GDP, and he tells about the limitations to expand his production capacity.
#13 Brian Strobel – Getting ventilation right
This is a special edition featuring Brian Strobel, of Gestal. Strobel is trained as an agriculture engineer but has also owned his own contract finishing units. He has spent most of his career working with pigs and producers and is passionate about getting things right in the barns. Listeners can learn about how to optimise ventilation and performance.
#12 Sanne Baden – How to manage pre-weaning mortality?
In this episode, Sanne Baden talks about her 28 years of experience in the pig industry. Baden speaks about her “colour system” for monitoring pig movement, turning around underperforming farms and the difficulties of motivating others to join the industry. Listeners get to hear about pre-weaning mortality, using sawdust to effectively dry pigs, and solving the problem of crushing.
#11 Shannon Dierking – The future of the swine industry
This episode the Real P3 podcast visits South Dakota State University doctorate candidate Shannon Dierking. She was born and raised on a swine farm in Nebraska and is currently evaluating the impact of nutrition on the stress of sows. But the conversation goes deeper and reflects on Dierking’s passion for the industry and how the swine industry can attract future leaders back into the industry.
#10 Henry Silva – Urban consumers
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast goes down a different path and speaks to the Sunswine Group’s apprentice Henry Silva to gain valuable insights into marketing to an urban consumer. Listeners will learn what is lacking to bring the new generation back into agriculture and will gain insights into this disconnect and the lack of information truly getting out to consumers and potential workforce.
#9 Angie Krieger – Being authentic for consumers
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast visits Angie Krieger, vice president domestic marketing at the United States’ National Pork Board. The podcast discusses “real pork” and determines if it was fate or not that the Real P3 was created. Listeners will learn how to use marketing strategies to connect to all of our consumers, regardless of country. On the programme as well: new marketing strategies of the pork board beyond #realpork and how niche pork is going to be the year of growth.
#8 Highlights of 2020, insights into 2021
In this episode, the Real P3 creators review 2020 and discuss insights into 2021 for the swine industry. Dr Casey Bradley, Philip van den Brink and Vincent ter Beek enjoy some laughs and hear some perspectives of African Swine Fever and feed mitigation.
#7 Paul Faris – Optimising milk systems in lactation
This episode featurs Paul Faris of Novus International. Faris has over 20 years experience managing swine systems for Cargill Pork and JBS. During this time he mastered the use of rescue decks and milk systems to optimise the system’s pigs/sow/year levels in both continuous flow and batch-farrow farms. If listeners are struggling with or considering milk systems for their sow farms, then this episode is not to be missed.
#6 Colin Twomey – Zero zinc oxide
This episode the Real P3 podcast visits an Irish pork producer, Colin Twomey. Twomey discusses the changes in regulations around zinc oxide in nursery diets and the new challenges producers in Ireland face. Plus he asks Dr Bradley on how to manage all the extra pigs being born.
#5 Dr Wayne Johnson – Boots on the ground in post-ASF China
This episode the Real P3 podcast heads off to China to visit Dr Wayne Johnson, a practicing veterinarian in China. Listeners will learn about the new challenges facing pork production in China post-ASF as there is a mixture of new and old diseases now to manage.
#4 James Lamb – Environmental stewardship
In this episode, the Real P3 podcast is visiting James Lamb from the Prestage System in NC, USA. Lamb has accumulated several awards over the years for his commitment to the swine industry and the environment.
#3 Johan Odendaal – Challenges in Zimbabwe
In this episode the Real P3 podcast visits pig farm and author Johan Odendaal, who is located in Zimbabwe. The podcast discusses the challenges of managing sows in temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius and recent successes and future opportunities. Odendaal’s book is available at Amazon, it is called “The Rise of the Vaesons.”
#2 Christine Snowden – Getting the best gilts into the system
In this episode the Real P3 podcast visits Christine Snowden, gilt selection officer for Heimerl Farms in Ohio, USA. Main question is how to get the best gilts into a farm system.
#1 Mihaela Angheluta – A trip to Denmark
For the first episode of the Real P3 podcast, a travel to Denmark is on the menu to speak with a sow farm manager, Mihaela Angheluta, about her role and current problems. She is someone with boots on the ground working around African Swine Fever in Germany as her weaned pigs are finished out in Germany and Poland.