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Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 137 | Paylean-Palooza

Paylean Palooza is underway as Matt, Dale and Kolt discuss what fairs are expecting for the future. Bart gets insight from Dr. Todd Price on the topic. Matt sits down with Kurt Theide about the new Navigable Water Protection rule. Dave talks to Dee Anders from the Ronald McDonald house at the Clark County Cattle Battle.… Continue reading

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Swine

Farming, stewardship are in the Stebbins brothers’ blood

Bornhorst provides a booming voice for Ohio pork- Part 1

Bornhorst provides a booming voice for Ohio pork- Part 2

Stitzlein named Ohio pork industry’s manager of the year- Part 1

Stitzlein named Ohio pork industry’s manager of the year- Part 2

Environmental stewardship is front page news- Part 1

Environmental stewardship is front page news- Part 2

Owens honored for his years of managing South Charleston swine herd- Part 1

Owens honored for his years of managing South Charleston swine herd- Part 2

Cull sows create cash flow for FFA entrepreneur

4-H project becomes Moyer family showpig business- Part 1

4-H project becomes Moyer family showpig business- Part 2

Would-be accountant makes switch to award-winning swine manager- Part 1

Would-be accountant makes switch to award-winning swine manager- Part 2

Group program saves farm producers a bundle in workers’ compensation coverage- Part 1

Group program saves farm producers a bundle in workers’ compensation coverage- Part 2

Niman Ranch pork is a perfect fit for Henry County producer- Part 1

Niman Ranch pork is a perfect fit for Henry County producer- Part 2

Japanese pork producers find similarities, differences on Ohio farms

Fulton County farmer is happy producing pork- Part 1

Fulton County farmer is happy producing pork- Part 2

Program prepares pork producers to tell the industry’s story

New program helps Ohio’s pork producers polish their community image

Direct marketing allows Wagner to maintain a small, profitable pork operation

Outstanding Young Pork Producer enjoys being around pigs- Part 1

Outstanding Young Pork Producer enjoys being around pigs- Part 2

Bayes enjoys raising pigs and helping improve the pork industry- Part 1

Bayes enjoys raising pigs and helping improve the pork industry- Part 2

Contract hogs bring additional income for Humbert family- Part 1

Contract hogs bring additional income for Humbert family- Part 2

Checkoff-funded program helps ensure pork is properly hauled- Part 1

Checkoff-funded program helps ensure pork is properly hauled- Part 2

Pork All-American manages a diverse family partnership- Part 1

Pork All-American manages a diverse family partnership- Part 2Continue reading

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Zientek enjoys the variety that comes with overseeing sows for Kalmbach

By Kyle Sharp

When Ben Zientek heads off to work each day, it’s always a mystery what exactly his day will entail. As sow production supervisor for Kalmbach Swine Management, he oversees 80 team members, nine sow units and nearly 22,000 sows, mostly in central Ohio. So while some days he may be at his office in Upper Sandusky, others he may be on a farm working with employees, moving sows or driving a truck.

“In my position, you never know what you’re going to get into,” Zientek said. “Whether it’s moving a truck or doing paperwork, it’s all stuff that has to get done. In most cases I’d rather do the physical work than do the paperwork.”

It’s the variety that he enjoys. In a given week, he might be in his office a day or two, and the other days he is traveling among the sow farms.

“I work with all parts of our team to maximize production and profitability.… Continue reading

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