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LeeO records information that customers can’t get with paper records, like who is doing what action in the barn, when they are doing it, and what the conditions are like when it is done. This meta-data enriches the actual data that employees record to give much more management information.

For example, if it is time to inseminate a sow and LeeO knows its past offspring didn’t perform well, LeeO will notify the user that they might want to reconsider.

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Jeff Ley, Solutions Deployment Specialist at PrairiE Systems, took a roundabout way to join the team. After graduating with a degree in Sport Management from Taylor University, Jeff’s dream was to one day work for the Chicago Bears. However, life didn’t work out that way after a college buddy offered him a job.

His friend asked if he would join him at a United Animal Health (UAH) research farm. After 10 years, Jeff remained at UAH in a slightly different role as a research trial facilitator.

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LeeO, Smart Order, and the Feed Allocation System (FAS) are all designed to work independently, however, they are even more powerful when they work together. Starting with LeeO that is focused on pigs at the farm level, then FAS that is focused on feed performance and then to Smart Order that provides a connection to the mills.

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During this busy and often stressful holiday season do you feel ready to navigate tense moments at work and around the holiday dinner table? Here are four ways to help stay in the right mindset, so you enter those conversations with the grace needed for a positive outcome.

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Can you describe your operation for us?

We've been around a long time and are looking to grow more on both the grain and hog side. We’re not your typical hog operation, as we raise gilts for DNA and sell them all over the country. This makes FAS (Feed Allocation System) extra important to us because we sell pigs at all different weights.

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Stand out as an employer

There are lots of ways to stand out as an employer. Maybe you offer a family atmosphere, a year-end bonus, great snacks, a flexible work schedule, or opportunities for growth within the organization. Identify what makes you stand out and make sure potential employees hear about it. Include this information in job postings and on social media posts.

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Sure, it’s pretty neat that I can log on to my Amazon account to see all the towns my order travels through on its way to me. But other than being neat, the ordering process also saves me time and headache again and again. For one, no longer do I have to rely on a person on the other end of the phone line to accurately record my size, color, and style request — I have complete control with the quick touch of a button, no dial tone needed.

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It's not every day you meet someone who is as perfect a fit for their job as Molly Blanchfield, Software Product Manager for the Feed Allocation System at PrairiE Systems. Her position requires the ability to train new users on the software and then turn back to the software developers to accurately explain the needs of the end users.

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Prairie Systems and Interstates announce a strategic partnership to help revolutionize productivity and quality in feed manufacturing.

"With the changing regulations and competitive landscape of feed manufacturing evolve, feed mills and animal nutrition providers will need new digital tools to help them manage and grow their business. We will not be able to rely on paper and manpower to manage feed orders any longer," said Brandon Lowder, Prairie Systems Director of Sales.

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The Russcher family knows a thing or two about pork production. Their farm dates back to the early 1960s and has received several outstanding performance awards for having a top performing herd. In addition to those accolades, this February Denny Russcher was named the Michigan Master Pork Producer by the Michigan Pork Producers Association.

Denny is responsible for managing the breeding herd at Precision Pork, which is expected to reach 2,400 sows this year. In addition, the farm continues to be in the top 10 percent for their farm size and they currently wean over 35,000 pigs annually.

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Getting started with FAS

A little over a year ago — shortly after Alesha Nemechek started at S&C Pork — CEO Chris Schroeder walked over to her and dropped a Feed Allocation System (FAS) pamphlet on her desk.

"At the time, we were a little more spread out than we are today," Schroeder explained. "I felt very disconnected to the feed mills and we weren't doing a great job of knowing where feed was delivered, when, and to what barn until the end of the month when we received an invoice."

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