David McDonald Attends Swine Day At The Iowa State University

Swine day is an excellent opportunity for swine producers due to the focus on United States pork production by highly regarded speakers. The event was held at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University on June 28th. In excess of 450 people attended conference last year. Due to his important role with the OSI Group, David McDonald was in attendance. Sunterra Farms Dave and Ray Price were featured during the morning session. They talked about how they turned their family’s more traditional farm into a multinational retailer, processor, producer and exporter of pork. Their partnership with Italy’s Simonini family led to the construction of a Canadian plant for Italian dry cured meat.

The OSI Group’s David McDonald talked about the food industries global future. David McDonald has a unique slant regarding the global trend for protein due to his services to the North American Meat Institute on the Board of Directors. David McDonald has additionally made impressive progress in the expansion of the OSI Group. An entertaining, instructive and practical presentation was given by Jeff Ansel. He has taught at both Harvard University and Duke University and shared his tips, techniques and strategies for communication.

There were four concurrent sessions containing sixteen presentations after lunch. The topics included sexed semen updates, negotiating hog prices, cyber security, siting new barns and mitigating pneumonia. After the conclusion of the programs for the day, all the attendees were invited to attend a barbeque in the Center Courtyard at Iowa State. This was organized by AB Vista and TechMix and provided a tasty and relaxing finish for the day.

Smokey D’s of Des Moines provided both the BBQ and catering for the event. There are in excess of 4,000 barbeque teams competing in the United States. Smokey D’s is in sixth place for their BBQ. In 2016, Smokey D’s became the only team to win Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit for all four of the contests for major barbeques. The registration for the conference included the events, refreshments, lunch and the barbeque. Students beating the early deadline were able to register for no cost.

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