Beattie to Lead Nebraska Pork Producers

Sumner Native Elected to Lead Pork Association Shana Beattie of Sumner, Nebraska was elected as President of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. The NPPA Directors met on January 14, 2021 at the Holthus...

2020 Board of Directors: New Members

Kyle Baade, Plymouth (Producer): Kyle and wife, Laura, own and operate Baade Genetics, an 80-head sow herd. Their operation specializes in raising purebred and crossbred show pigs and breeding stock, as well as an on-farm boar stud operation utilizing herd sires for...

Farmer Spotlight: Shana Beattie

Shana Beattie and her husband, Bart, are fifth generation pork producers in Sumner. She grew up in north central Florida, the daughter of farmers, and studied animal science at the University of Florida. After her marriage to Bart, they moved back to Nebraska to farm...

Assessment of Conformational Changes across Three Parities in Sows

By Benny Mote  Ph.D., Swine Extension Specialist, UNL Department of Animal Science    Replacement gilts are selected primarily on structure and conformation. These selection decisions, however, occur while gilts are still growing. Few studies have tracked sow...

PLP’s Fifth Seminar Visits Columbus, Madison and Lincoln

By Joel Kaelin    The fifth seminar of the Pork Leadership Program began Thursday, November 14 at the Pillen Family Farms office in Columbus. Our group had the opportunity to meet with experts from Pillen Family Farms and DNA Genetics.      Our first speaker was Dr....

‘Tis the Season for Hams Across America

Food is essential. It’s fun. It’s therapeutic. But for some, it can be a luxury. During the holiday giving season between “Giving Tuesday” and Christmas this year, the pork industry called on its friends to come together to “pay it forward” with pork through the Hams...

Farmer Spotlight: Bill Luckey

Bill Luckey is a Nebraska pork producer in Columbus. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1977. He and his family operate a farrow-to-finish operation that includes  some custom contract finishing. Their facilities have a full capacity of about...