Popular Pig Podcast Episodes

Leadership is a Journey | John Paul Engel


About the Guest

John Paul Engel is the Founder of Knowledge Capital Consulting and Secure Bin Labs. John has worked in a dozen countries advising the senior management of some of the largest companies in the world. He has helped dozens of companies go from idea to a high growth company. John’s advice has appeared in INC, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, and over 250 publications. He has been invited to guest lecture at University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, The University of Iowa, and Oxford University.

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The Megatrends Shaping the Animal Protein Industry | Aidan Connolly


About the Guest

Aidan is President of AgriTech Capital, a resource for new and established companies working at the interface of agriculture and technology. Prior to this Aidan was CEO at Cainthus and CIO at Alltech among other senior roles in a 25 year plus career at that company.  He is also a non-executive director at Origin Enterprises, the leading crop inputs company in Northern Europe. AgriTech Capital has aided governments, fortune 500 food companies and large agri-businesses on their AgTech strategy. Aidan adds the innovative thinking and capital investment needed to go from possibility to reality.  He has a strategic understanding of the marketplace and the regulatory parameters that set the environment. Aidan has worked in over 100 countries and speaks five languages.  He has worked in political associations, with state and national governments in the US, China, Europe and Brazil, international organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations. Aidan also contributes to a wide range of publications in agriculture and business, including Forbes.

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It Is The Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture | Joseph Kerns


About the Guest

Joseph Kerns, President of Partners for Production Agriculture, has thirty years’ experience working with producers, suppliers, and mills to support agricultural operations. He leads a team of professionals with the purpose of understanding the financial parameters around agricultural markets so that those that he works with can thrive and prosper.

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A Consumers Perspective of Modern Pork Production | Levi Maaia


About the Guest

Levi C. Maaia is the director of “Pathways to Invention” a documentary on Lemelson-MIT award-winning inventors. He was in Iowa City recently filming at SwineTech for the film. Levi began his media career in FM radio, cable television and broadband where he became fascinated by the potential for technology to educate, and open a window on the world. He earned a Ph.D. studying Maker culture and STEM education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He later started Maaia Mark Productions with his business partner Noah Mark in order to explore the intersections of culture and technology through film. Levi is a private, instrument-rated, land and seaplane pilot serving on the Santa Barbara Airport Commission, a licensed amateur radio operator and avid photographer. He also tinkers with his 1966 Mustang to keep it running.

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Navigating a Post-Weaning E. Coli Challenge | Dr. Yanbin Shen


About the Guest

Dr. Yanbin Shen is currently the Global Technical Services Director at APC, Inc. APC, Inc. is one of seven independent companies under The Lauridsen Group, Inc. and is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa. APC was founded in 1981 and is dedicated to the research and application of blood products in animal nutrition. The company has grown into a global manufacturer and supplier of porcine, bovine plasma and hemoglobin. APC has approximately 500 employees in 9 countries and 17 manufacturing plants worldwide.

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Rebranding an Industry | Brad Zimmerman


About the Guest

A lifelong “car guy” Brad Zimmerman began his career in event marketing which naturally gravitated towards professional motorsports. A move from California to North Carolina in the early 2000’s to be closer to the epicenter of stock car racing, Brad quickly merged his passion of cars with the growing experiential marketing industry which then dovetailed into social and digital marketing. Having worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, Brad is constantly looking ahead to contemporary trends and technologies and applying them towards present day campaigns and projects.

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An Updated Take on Pig Survivability | Ron Ketchem


About the Guest

Ron Ketchem graduated from the University of Missouri in 1973 with a BS in Animal Science and master studies in Reproductive Physiology and Animal Breeding. He worked 12 years for a genetic company in production, sales, and marketing and developed their AI program. He then spent 15 years in Indiana with a major feed company as a Swine Consultant providing technical support and training. Ron later purchased Swine Management Services, LLC in August 2002 with Mark Rix. SMS was sold on September 30, 2019 to MetaFarms, a sow record-keeping company in Minnesota. Today, Ron consults with over 400,000 sows in the US, Canada, and Australia. Ron has been married to his wife Pam for 36 years and has 3 grown sons.

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Creating A Compelling Brand Message | Chris Westfall


About the Guest

Chris Westfall is one of the most sought-after business coaches and keynote
speakers in the world. He has helped launch over five dozen businesses, and
has appeared on ABC NEWS, NBC TV and CNN. A regular contributor to
Forbes, he has worked with thousands of leaders at Fortune 500 companies,
non-profit organizations and high-tech startups. A coach to entrepreneurs and
executives around the globe, his clients have appeared on Shark Tank, Dragon’s
Den and Shark Tank-Australia. He regularly consults with top-tier universities
and is the author of four books, including Leadership Language.

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Creating Good Lactating Sows | Dr. Kiah Berg


About the Guest

Dr. Kiah Berg grew up on a small show pig farm in Oregon where she found her passion for raising and feeding pigs. She earned her BS in animal science in K-State, and continued on to pursue a MS and PhD in Applied Swine Nutrition with the K-State team. During her graduate career, she had the opportunity to conduct many large scale sow nutrition trials on commercial sow farms including Hord Livestock, New Fashion Pork, Christensen Farms and Pillen Family Farms. In May of 2020 she joined Pipestone Nutrition. Today she does the sow diet formulation for the Pipestone Managed sow farms, Sow technical service, and leads the Nutrition wean to finish research. She resides with her Husband, Andrew, in Pipestone, MN.

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Breaking Down the Silos of the Pork Industry | Dr. Casey Bradley


About the Guest

Casey L. Bradley was born and raised on a swine and mixed crop operation in SW Michigan. She received a B.S. in Animal Science from Michigan State University. After graduation, Casey worked for New Fashion Pork on farms in Wyoming, Minnesota, and Illinois. In 2002, Casey accepted a position at The University of Arkansas as Swine Research Manager. In addition, Casey completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Science while working for the University.

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