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Industry Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field

Industry Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics FieldIndustry Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field Dr. Tom Rathje, DNA Genetics, shares thoughts on the future of the swine industry and animal genetics. Dr. Rathje mentions that problems being faced are complex. Geneticists, and the suppliers they work for, need help to be successful and are limited by current technology and knowledge.

Dr. Rathje concludes with an outline of what students today need: Application of statistics and experimental design to non-breeding data sets, Know how to run a genetic analysis, know how to get data into and out of databases, and use tools like R to build tools to analyze data in those databases [video].

Dr. Tom Rathje - Industry Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field


Industry Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field - Dr. Tom Rathje, DNA Genetics, from the 2017 North American PRRS/National Swine Improvement Federation Joint Meeting, December 1‐3, 2017, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Arizona, Here We Come...NOT!

ArizonaFriday, April 23, 2010 was a day that will be remembered by many. On this day, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law bill SB 1070 – “Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods”.

While the controversial law (which goes into effect sometime this summer) is written to require that lawful contact be made, law enforcement officers might stop any person with reasonable suspicion of being illegal and ask about their immigration status. If the person cannot produce documentation that would validate their legal status, they would be arrested.

Beware of the Latino that says: "Yes, yes, I understand..."

That Latino employee that nods his head up and down and says: “Yes, yes, I understand…” may not really understand what is being said and that can be a real problem for your operation. 

So what’s the big deal, you might ask? 

Do You Have to Know the Language in Order to Train Your Spanish Speaking Employees?

This is a question that sometimes comes up when discussing the opportunities and challenges of having Spanish-speaking employees in agricultural operations. Often, the perception is that if you don’t know the language, it can be pretty hard to train these individuals to do what you need them to do. Knowing the language helps, but this by itself, won’t guarantee success when training your Spanish-speaking employees.

Sometimes, training is delegated to someone who may be bilingual, but may not have the skills or abilities to train. Other times, we are so busy getting things done, that we run out of time to do the training and when we get to it, we approach it without a well thought-out and organized training plan. Training should be viewed as an investment that will return employees that produce results with consistent quality and will help in your retention efforts.

SwineCast 0203 for May 25 2007

SwineCast 0203 Show Notes:

  • Manage manure for maximum value with Bob Koehler
  • Vet shortage will shortly become crisis
  • What this student says we need to do
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