Shareholder Spotlight

A Consistent Supply of Healthy Pigs


“A consistent supply of healthy pigs.” For Iowa pork producer Ben Reck and his family, that was the driving factor in becoming partners in the Pipestone System.  And, for 10 years, it has been a successful partnership that has allowed

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Sow Barn a Good Way to Diversify


Joel Overskei and his family own and operate two finishing barns near Nunda, SD, which is about 20 miles southwest of Brookings. From these barns, they send around 15,000 head of hogs to market annually. The Overskeis get all of

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Fultz Farms: The Value of Cooperation


A year or so before investing in his first jointly-owned farrowing unit, Dennis Fultz played a key role in changing a Minnesota law that would’ve prevented more than five people from joining together to build such a unit. “Minnesota has

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Next Gen Advice: Be Open to Opportunity


Dave Hamm’s long-term goal, after farming for 37 years, is to pass the opportunity to a new generation. But at one point in Dave’s life, it looked like his own opportunity to farm had disappeared. Dave and his wife Brenda

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Shareholders Recognized in Three States


Pork industry organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota honored the following Pipestone System shareholders in January at separate events. The Iowa Pork Producers Association gave the title of “Master Pork Producer” to Craig and Karen Wulfekuhle of Earlville, IA

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What’s In Your Ownership Agreement?


Sean Simpson General Counsel – Pipestone System Some Pipestone System sow units have operated for a number of years, and the original owners want to transition their interests to the next generation. You may be wondering, “How do I do

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PRRS Intervention: What We’re Doing


Dr. Joel Nerem PRRS control is critical to the overall health of the pig and to the financial success of pig producers. As a management company and a veterinary clinic, we’re focused on the control of PRRS for our shareholders

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Chris and Clare Veldhuizen Family, Edgerton, MN


“One generation makes. The next generation uses. The third generation loses.” Chris Veldhuizen heard this warning countless times from his grandfather Christiaan, who came to America from the Netherlands and moved his family to the farm north of Edgerton, MN,

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Craig and Karen Wulfekuhle, Earlville, IA


The Craig and Karen Wulfekuhle family. Craig Wulfekuhle has raised pigs for 12 years since returning from a stint in agribusiness. He currently owns and manages a wean-to-finish business. He also is president of a local sow unit that supplies

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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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