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David McDonald Speaks At Iowa Swine Day

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Iowa Swine Day celebrated their seventh year with speakers discussing the critical issues faced by the producers of pork. The event was held on the campus of the Iowa State University on June 28th. The hosts for the event were the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at ISU, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Pork Industry Center. The professor of animal science and co-organizer was John Patience. He stated the planners relied on the input from the producer to ensure a relevant and strong program for the industry.

As the President of the OSI Group, David McDonald has an important role in the food industry and is contributing to the event. The speakers are sharing their personal experiences in how their businesses were developed, teaching communication skills and sharing their understanding of the international food industry. The speakers for the morning session were from Sunterra Farms of Canada. Dave and Ray Price spoke of the strategic decisions that were necessary to transform a traditional farm into a multinational processor, producer, exporter and retailer of pork. The newest innovation involved building a dry cured, Italian meat plant in Canada. This was accomplished with a partnership with Modena, Italy’s Simonini family.

David McDonald from the OSI Group also appeared during the morning session to discuss the international future of the food industry. David McDonald is not only instrumental to the OSI Group, he is also on the North American Meat Institute’s Board of Directors. This provides him with a unique look at the protein trends influencing the global community. The President of Jeff Ansell & Associates is Jeff Ansel. He followed David McDonald with a practical, instructive and entertaining presentation. He has taught classes at Harvard and Duke Universities and shared his tips, techniques and strategies for help his clients achieve better communication.

There were four sessions featuring sixteen presentations after lunch. OSI Group acquires Dutch company Baho Food. This covered negotiating the prices for purchasing hogs, pricing, cyber security and sexed semen. Additional topics for the day included the best way for siting new hog barns and mitigating mycoplasma pneumonia. The day concluded with a barbeque in the courtyard at Iowa State.

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