Family-Driven Innovation in South African Pork Production | CP Kriek
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by Matthew Rooda
2d ago
About the Guest CP Kriek, at the forefront of Taaibosch, embodies a unique blend of expertise and passion. An Industrial Engineer by training, CP, alongside his wife Gerda, has turned their family heritage in farming into an advanced, sustainable pork production enterprise in South Africa. Their journey from engineers to innovative farmers showcases a deep commitment to animal welfare, environmental stewardship, and cutting-edge agricultural practices. This dynamic duo’s approach leverages their engineering backgrounds to enhance intensive pig farming, focusing on sustainability and reducing ..read more
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Cultivating and Interest in Animal Agriculture | Gracee Poorman
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by Matthew Rooda
1w ago
About the Guest Gracee Poorman’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience and determination. Emerging as a beacon of inspiration in the agricultural community, she has carved a unique path, defying the constraints of her challenging upbringing. Raised amidst the struggles of mental illness and addiction within her family, Gracee was driven by a vision of a different life for herself and her future children. With no prior experience in agriculture, but armed with an unwavering resolve, Gracee plunged into this new world. It became more than a mere profession; it was a realm where she f ..read more
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The Story of a Pork Industry Veteran | John Nickel
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by Matthew Rooda
2w ago
About the Guest John Nickel is a seasoned pork producer and the esteemed owner and director of Border Genetics Ltd. With a rich history in the industry, John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role. His deep understanding of pork production is not only evident in the success of Border Genetics but also in his influential position on the Board of Directors for Manitoba Pork. John’s commitment to excellence and innovation in pork production has made him a respected figure in the agricultural community, where he continues to contribute significantly to the industry’s growth and su ..read more
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Experiencing Streptococcus Zooepidemicus (Strep Zoo) | Dr. Ryan Tenbergen and Dr. Matheus Costa
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by Matthew Rooda
3w ago
About the Guests Dr. Matheus Costa is a veterinarian scientist with a focus on the pathophysiology of diseases in species of veterinary interest, particularly swine. He is Assistant Professor of swine health management at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor at Utrecht University. He holds a DVM, PhD in veterinary microbiology and is also a board-certified swine health veterinarian. Matheus and his team are particularly interested in diseases to which antimicrobials are the only tool available for prevention and treatment. His work has focused on Brachyspira (the age ..read more
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Demeter’s Founding Story & Role in the Modern Swine Industry | Dr. Martin Bonneau
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by Matthew Rooda
1M ago
About the Guest Dr. Martin Bonneau grew up on a pig farm in Saint-François de Montmagny. He graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Montreal in 1993. From 1993 to 2004, he mainly worked for a Quebec genetics company as director of production and animal health. He founded Demeter Services Vétérinaires in 2004, with his colleague Sylvain Messier. What can you expect to learn from this episode of Popular Pig? Early Farm Life and Veterinary Inspiration: Dr. Martin Bonneau’s childhood on a pig farm and  what led him into veterinary medicine. The Inception of Demeter: What mo ..read more
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Animal Agriculture in the Eyes of Venture Capital
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by Matthew Rooda
1M ago
About the Guest Tony Simpson brings more than 23 years of experience leading and investing in companies in agribusiness and animal health. In 2015, Tony founded AgTech Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm focused on supporting entrepreneurs and investors in the agtech sector. Previously, he served as a Managing Director for the Kansas Bioscience Authority where he led the organization’s investment efforts in agtech, animal health and bioenergy, leading investments in companies such as Aratana Therapeutics, Green Dot, SmartVet and Advanced Animal Diagnostics. Before joining the KBA, he spent 9 year ..read more
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The Founding Story of NutriQuest | Steve Weiss
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by Matthew Rooda
1M ago
About the Guest Steve Weiss – Mr. Weiss is founder and President of NutriQuest and a partner in 21 st Century Strategic Forums. He also serves as a Board member for several enterprises in the U.S. swine industry and non-profit sectors. At NutriQuest, Steve leads a team which has developed technologies to improve animal performance and help solve key industry problems like humane euthanasia and improving bacon quality, among others. He has also been an active and outspoken industry leader in his role with 21 st Century Strategic Forums and in leading industry efforts and dialogue around animal ..read more
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Apiam Animal Health & The Future of The Swine Industry | Dr. Chris Richards
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by Matthew Rooda
1M ago
About the Guest Dr. Chris Richards is the Managing Director of ASX listed Apiam Animal Health Ltd, which through its 74 clinics (365 veterinarians) provide veterinary services across regional and rural Australia. Dr Richards graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Melbourne in 1996 having previously obtained a Bachelor of Science from La Trobe University. Dr. Richards is responsible for the strategic direction of Apiam, which since 1998 has seen the development and acquisition of production and companion animal veterinary clinics, distribution, diagnostic and vaccine ..read more
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The Role of Technology in Transportation Biosecurity | Rob Hannam
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by Matthew Rooda
2M ago
About the Guest Rob Hannam, CEO of Farm Health Guardian, is committed to helping farms and food companies improve animal health and protect against the devastating impact of animal disease through digital biosecurity. Launched in 2020 for the swine and poultry sectors, Farm Health Guardian technology is reducing the risk of disease spread and improving biosecurity compliance which saves time, reduces the cost of production and improves farm sustainability. Rob’s passion for agriculture was cultivated while growing up on his family’s grain farm in Guelph, Ontario. He has wor ..read more
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Transforming a Business into a Globally Recognizable Brand | Natalia Rimi Heisterkamp
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by Matthew Rooda
2M ago
About the Guest Natalia Rimi Heisterkamp What you can expect to learn from this episode of Popular Pig. Natalia’s Approach to Transforming a Global Business into a Recognizable Brand: Listeners will learn from Natalia’s experience in elevating a global business to a renowned global brand. The discussion will cover her strategies in branding, ensuring messaging consistency across diverse cultures and languages, and her overall communication strategy that contributed to this success. Natalia’s Insights on the Global Industry’s Future: The podcast will delve into Natalia’s perspective on the fut ..read more
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