After the long weekend, I traveled to the familiar land of Illinois to meet up with one of Lindner Account Manager’s, Ty Engnell. On Tuesday, we met with the folks at Bellflower Feed Mill in Central Illinois to see how our products were performing for them and how sales were going. The reports we received back were very good and we are hoping that they increase the amount of LU product they can and move in the future! It truly is interesting to meet with the dealers and take in their perception of business, hogs and even the swine industry as a whole. We then viewed customer’s hogs in the area and gave them feed evaluations, as they prepare for their county fairs. We also made a stop in Gridley, Illinois at a JBS United Production Plant where I had the opportunity to meet the Team that keeps the wheels turning at that location.
On Wednesday, Ty and I hopped in the truck to head north to the unfamiliar state to me, of Wisconsin. We met up with another dealer, Mr. John Henrichs . He took us to meet up with some of his customers in the area. In our first day, we viewed over 75 hogs which were all on Lindner United feeds and they all looked very impressive! I enjoyed being able to listen to Ty’s feeding advice for those customers and how they can utilize the various Lindner United products to better the hogs they have on feed. He even included me in on some discussion and asked for my suggestions of what to change for rations. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to give my input and appreciated the chance to do so!
After a quick stay at the Super 8 in Darlington, we got back in the truck for day two of our tour in the Dairyland State and then to work our way back south into Illinois. We met with the crew at Darlington Feed and Ag Center and viewed hogs at customer’s homes where Ty created new rations for hogs. We had the opportunity to see some very nice facilities! We then headed back towards Illinois and met up with distributor Joel Vandemore and his daughter, Emma. We again viewed hogs from customers that purchased feed from their location in Geneseo and I was very impressed with the caliber of swine that are in the area that will be going to the Local, State, and National levels of competition!
I can’t thank Ty enough for the opportunity to go with him on this trip and pick his brain on feeding strategies. Also, a huge thank you to the dealers and customers in the areas we visited for the great hospitality they gave to both us, – I wish you the best of luck to you all in the future!
We take off for the World Pork Expo on Sunday and I personally can’t wait for this Event! Make sure to stop by our Booth throughout the week for goodies and view our Facebook page for upcoming events that will be going on throughout the week! If you want, maybe even meet the Intern!
Thanks again for taking the time to read through this and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Expo!