The Annual Conference held in Macomb, IL on Aug. 29 was the biggest one in the conference’s history. More than 689 registered. As part of the program, individuals, groups, and farms are recognized for excellence in swine operations through its Swine Awards of Excellence. This program is designed to highlight the year and provide shared enjoyment of the outstanding people we work with in the swine production business. Awards were presented by Dr. Joe Connor. Not pictured but receiving awards included: Kevin Avise (Good Neighbor), Riverview Orleans Finisher – Carie Nalley (Outstanding Finisher); Little Timber – Rydell Schott (Outstanding Sow Farm); Grand View Farm (Outstanding Sow Farm); and Outstanding Swine Managers went to Clare Schilling – CD Bell/SIS Bro, and James Newton – Bear Creek Genetics, LLC.
Jenny Quesenberry, CVS Accounting, was given one of the Good Neighbor Awards. She exemplifies her commitment to the many organizations she belongs to and the activities she promotes and plans.
The CISS Research Team was given the Outstanding Teamwork Award. The team is always willing to go out of their way to make things easier for others and excel at collectively problem solving in order to mitigate situational problems. The research team must execute studies 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be very flexible. Shown from left – Donna Tracy, Katie Mai, Luis Ochoa, Amanda Graham, Dr. Connor, and Dr. Laura Greiner.
James Newton (left) of Bear Creek Genetics, LLC was awarded the Outstanding Swine Manager of the Year Award. Rydell Schott accepted the Outstanding Farm of the Year Award for Little Timber, LLC.