Every Expert starts at ground zero. Therefore, that was the starting point. During the first meeting, Merijn taught me the first things regarding company strategies, structures and systems. Followed by feed, life and production cycles, genetics and growing efficiencies.
To start with, we have focused most of our thoughts on the week systems and growing cycles that farmers generally use and how to apply these into a farming strategy. Also the structure and planning of feed is very key. In all different stages of growing pigs there are specific feed needs and compositions which I am studying right now. None of these will ever work efficiently without proper genetics. All of this is great learning for me as the goal of the exercise is to get more in the head of the farmer. So that when I am sitting at the table giving advice about air scrubbing and energy recovery, I do it from their point of view. Which of course is 99% of the job.
A lot of information to collect during the first day, but extremely interesting to learn. Of course mastering only these subjects requires months (probably years) of studying and reading. So fantastic that a company manager from such a corporation takes time to sit down and teach me these things.