EDUCATIONAL AG TOURS

Tour Choices

Tour #1

Sioux Pharm, Inc.

Pharm

Sioux Pharm, Inc. produces purified proteins for the research community specializing in the large-scale isolation and purification of recombinant proteins from transgenic grains. The manufacturing capabilities are extensive, and the tour participants will be able to see part of the manufacturing process.

The presentation will be of interest to participants considering a career in chemistry, genetics, animal science, business, agri-business, technology, and other related disciplines.

Trans Ova Genetics

Test Tubes

Trans Ova Genetics, the worldwide leader in bovine embryo transfer services, will offer a presentation reviewing all of the technologies in their "reproductive toolbox."

 

Tour #2

Dykstra Dairy

Cow

The Dykstra Dairy is a 3,000-cow, family owned and run dairy operation that takes pride in its employees, takes excellent care of its cows, and takes pride in the quality of the product it produces. The dairy has 3,000 milking cows, 450 dry cows, and 500 close-up heifers. The entrepreneurs promote and practice good stewardship of the land and the environment as they operate their dairy.

The presentation will be of interest to participants desiring information about dairy cow production and management, animal science, veterinary medicine, agri-business, land management, and the dairy support industry.

Natural Food Holdings

Pharm

Natural Food Holdings is a hog harvesting plant that harvests 4,400 to 4,700 hogs a day with an average of about 4,450. Participants will have the opportunity to see a “state-of-the-art” design of humane animal receiving, a new carbon dioxide pre-harvesting room, and the processing of the carcass to achieve a final product. Some areas of the plant and coolers will also be shown.

The presentation will be of interest to participants considering a career in food safety and quality control, marketing, animal science, veterinary medicine, animal harvesting, business, agri-business, technology, and other related disciplines.