Shareholder Spotlight: System Ownership Means Fewer Worries

Steve Vander Maten always had an interest in agriculture. When a door opened for him to start farming in 1985, he walked through it. Steve had just finished a course of studies in production agriculture at Jackson Vo-Tech when he

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A Minute on My Soapbox


Hal Schmidt By Hal Schmidt, Great Plains Family Farms, Inc. In pork production, like the rest of life, we can control certain things and there are certain things we can’t control. As we wrap up the year and look toward

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Vet to Advocate for Swine Industry


Dr. Barry R. Kerkaert This past fall, Dr. Barry R. Kerkaert had the opportunity to work with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in their Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program. A well-respected swine veterinarian and production consultant throughout the

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She Changed Her Mind About Pigs


Hannah, Caden, and Logan Hannah Walkes helps provide system shareholders with a very economical source of animal health products and the knowledge of how to use these products efficiently and effectively. Hannah loves her job, but she wasn’t always excited

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In November of 2011, the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic hired Dr. Scott Dee as its director of research. Dr. Dee made his reputation as a national and international expert in applied disease-control research, with an emphasis on PRRS virus control and

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