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Hiring the right fit: Interview questions

When interviewing potential candidates for positions on your dairy, there are three types of questions: standard, behavioral and situational. Using a combination of these questions is often the key to a successful interview technique.

1) Standard interview questions are the most common way to conduct an interview. They are used for basic data gathering and to obtain general knowledge about a candidate. The answers typically do not give in-depth information about how past performance might predict future performance, however.


Advice and Tips

Spotlight on economics: Boldly taking that first step toward success

Most of us would agree that it is good to have goals. In reality, however, there are plenty of us whose experience in goal development is limited to the confines of an assignment in school, a workplace requirement or an organizational exercise.

Sow Housing

Why group sow housing? Evaluating loose sow housing options

Loose sow housing for both the North America pork industry is now part of most new sow facility construction and renovation discussions. The majority of major retailers, and food buyers are imposing requirements, pushing swine producers in that direction.

Sow Housing

Ad lib sow feeding drives almost two pig per litter increase

A recently completed two-year trial by the University of Guelph showed a 1.7 pig per litter increase in subsequent litters for lactating sows using free choice feeders versus other lactating sow feeding methods.

The research was conducted by Dr. Paul Luimes of University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus and Greg Simpson of Hypor Inc. on a commercial farm. View the trial report.

Sow Housing

Pen Notes: Tips on feeding, managing group-housed sows

There are lots of ways to raise pigs and with proper management, nearly all of them can be productive and profitable. Because several packers have resolved to move away from individual gestation stalls, some producers are building new facilities with group housing for sows.

In a recent SowBridge presentation, Lee Johnston with the University of Minnesota discussed feeding and management of sows in pens. He says producers need to feed for biological changes in the sow in terms of her true nutritional needs.


Pigs not going to market on time? Examine gut health

It’s a continuous race against time and money in the pig barn. Striving for the ultimate goal of getting pigs to market weight as quickly as possible; producers are also racing against the ever-growing cost that comes with each additional day the pigs are not sent to market. Poor gut health can delay marketing, adding further time to reach the desired finishing weight and money for the extra feed that must be purchased.


Tips to stay warm and avoid frostbite

When the temperature dips below freezing, it’s critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin – and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin – freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent, damage.


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