Episode Archive

The Why of “The Real P3”

This episode features the creators of The Real P3 to explain the WHY behind “The Real P3”. It will give you an opportunity to learn about the team behind the scenes and their mission to bring pork producers together throughout the world.

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16: Understanding the pork industry in Africa – Steven Payne

In this episode, Casey 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.

  • Highlights
    • Stephen was exposed early to farming by his grandparents in South Africa.
    • Stephen has a Masters’s in Poultry Nutrition.
    • Started Urban Farmer in 2009.
    • Nutrition is at the core of Urban Farmer.
    • Emphasis in using raw materials available in each market to supply the right types of feed for livestock.
    • Urban Farmer has set up subsidiaries in Zambia, Kenya, and Nigeria.
    • Inputs, availability, and costs are some of Africa producer’s highest challenges. The cost of protein sources is exceedingly high compared to the USA and other countries.
    • Low-quality input from a fertilizer perspective is a challenge causing very poor crop yields.
    • Inadequate storage causes post-harvest waste.
    • There are some initiatives to help small-scale farms manage their crop efficiencies.
    • Some larger corporate farms are operating in Africa.
    • Another challenge is the poor demand for pork on the continent. Part of the demand issue is that many people lack the purchasing power to buy high-quality animal protein like pork, fish, or chicken.
    • Biosecurity is another major issue in Africa.
  • To learn more about Urban Farmer visit urban-farmer.co.za/
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15: Swinco’s Big Litter Concept is Creating Success for Dutch Pig Producers

In this episode, we visit Pieter Beerens in the Netherlands to discuss what it takes to get up to 37 PSY. Pieter has been working with Swinco for a couple of years on implementing “The Big Litter” concept and has achieved over an 8% improvement in PSY while creating an easier system to manage bigger litters. This podcast is a follow-up to our milk deck discussion and was graciously sponsored by Swinco. For more information on how to implement “The Big Litter Concept” please visit www.swinco.nl and sign up for our newsletter at www.therealp3.com.

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14: A trip to Ghana to learn about their growing swine market

In this episode, Nii talks about pig farming in Ghana. Today, Nii tells us 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, Nii tells us how his brother’s shop helps with his pork sales, and we hear how the increase in food prices has affected his business. How does Nii get around the effects of the Ghanaian temperatures on the pigs? What are the challenges with raising fourth-generation pigs? We hear Nii’s predictions on the Ghanaian GDP, and he tells us about the limitations to expand his production capacity.

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13: Getting Ventilation Right with Brian Strobel

This is a special edition featuring Brian Strobel with Gestal. Brian 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. Learn about how to optimize your ventilation and performance with two seasoned professionals.

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12: Back to Denmark to discuss how to manage Preweaning Mortality with Sanne Baden

In this episode, Sanne Baden talks about her 28 years of experience in the pig industry. Today, Sanne tells us about her “color system” for monitoring pig movement, turning around underperforming farms, and the difficulties of motivating others to join the industry. We get to hear about pre-weaning mortality, using sawdust to effectively dry pigs, and solving the problem of crushing.

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11: The future of the swine industry with Shannon Dierking.

This week we visit with South Dakota State University Doctorate Candidate Shannon Dierking. Shannon was born and raised on a swine farm in NE Nebraska and is currently evaluating the impact of nutrition on the stress of sows. But the conversation goes deeper and reflects on Shannon’s passion for the industry and how we can attract future leaders back into our industry.

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10: “The Apprentice” – A perspective from an urban consumer

In this episode we once again go down a different path and speak with The Sunswine Group’s Apprentice Henry Silva and gain valuable insights into marketing to an urban consumer. We also learn what is lacking to bring the new generation back into agriculture. You will gain valuable insights into this disconnect and the lack of information truly getting out to our consumers and potential workforce.

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9: Real Pork and being authentic for our consumers

In this episode we have the privilege to visit with Angie Krieger – Vice President Domestic Marketing at the National Pork Board. We will discuss Real Pork and determine if it was fate or not that The Real P3 was created. We will learn how to use marketing strategies to connect to all of our consumers, regardless of our country. We will also discuss the new marketing strategies of the Pork Board beyond #realpork and how niche pork is going to be the year of growth.

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8: Ring in 2021: highlights of 2020 and insights into 2021.

In this episode The Real P3 creators: Dr. Casey Bradley, Philip van den Brink, and Vincent ter Beek review 2020 and discuss insights into 2021 for the swine industry. Enjoy some laughs and hear some perspectives of African Swine Fever and feed mitigation.

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7: Optimizing Milk Systems in Lactation with Paul Faris

Special Edition Episode featuring Paul Faris with Novus International. Paul has over 20 years experience managing swine systems for both Cargill Pork and then JBS. During this time he mastered the use of rescue decks and milk systems to optimize the systems PSY in both continuous flow and batch-farrow farms. This episode is in follow-up to the question Johan proposed in turn-the-table on Dr. Bradley. If you are struggling with or considering milk systems for your sow farm this episode is for you.

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6: A trip to Ireland to learn how they are dealing with Zero Zinc

This week we visit an Irish Pork Producer, Colin Twomey. Colin discusses the changes in regulations around zinc oxide in nursery diets and the new challenges producers in Ireland face. Plus Colin asks Dr. Bradley on how to manage all the extra pigs being born.

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5: Dr. Wayne Johnson: Boots on the ground in Post-ASF China.

This week we head off to China to visit with Dr. Wayne Johnson, a practicing veterinarian in China. We 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.

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4: Environmental Stewardship at its best – James Lamb NC, USA

In this week’s episode we are visiting with James Lamb from the Prestage System in NC, USA. James has accumulated several awards over the years for his commitment to the swine industry and the environment.

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3: A trip to Zimbabwe to learn about their challenges and opportunities in the pork industry

In this week’s episode we will visit with pig farm and author Johan Odendall in Zimbabwe. We will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges of managing sows in 40+C temperatures and their recent successes and future opportunities. In case you are curious to read Johan’s book its available at Amazon – “The Rise of the Vaesons” by P.J. Odendall.

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2: Getting the best gilts into your system – Christine Snowden

In this week’s episode we visit with Christine Snowden, Gilt Selection Officer for Heimerl Farms in Ohio, USA, about getting the best gilts into your system.

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1: A trip to Denmark to visit with Mihaela Angheluta

For our first episode we travel to Denmark to speak with a sow farm manager, Mihaela, about her role and current problems. Stay tuned to the end to hear from someone with boots on the ground working around ASF in Germany as her wean pigs are finished out in Germany and Poland.

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