(Dr. Dan Thomson) Hey folks Dr. Dan here. Thanks for joining me today on DocTalk. We have a great show. We’re on location in Kearney, Nebraska, at the PAC Summit. We’ll talk about things such as making changes on your farm and then we’re going to talk about some things as far as bruising, beef cattle production and much more. It’s going to be a great show.
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(Dr. Dan) Dr. Wade welcome to the show. (Dr. Wade Taylor) Thank you Dr. Dan. (Dr. Dan) Folks this is Dr. Wade Taylor. He’s from Oakley Kansas. He’s a friend, he’s a colleague, he’s a fantastic feedlot veterinarian and it doesn’t seem possible, how many years ago was it we started meeting in the basement of the bank out in Oakley and putting the concept of PAC together. (Dr. Wade) Probably been close to ten Dr. Dan. (Dr. Dan) [chuckles] It was a small group of people, small group of veterinarians that I was blessed to be a part of with you, that you had the vision of Production Animal Consultation. We were just trying to get together to make ourselves better, to push each other, talk about similarities, differences and wow here we are in Kearney, Nebraska, today at the PAC Summit. Here out in the fairgrounds and we’ve got 200 beef producers all the way from Texas to Canada, veterinarians here involved with PAC. (Dr. Wade) Yes we’ve been very blessed. We’ve had a group of people that have a passion for their people, for their clients, for their animals and the direction came easy. (Dr. Dan) Talk to me a little bit about PAC. Tell me when you look at the vision and what we do, what are some of the things that when somebody says hey, what do you know about PAC? What are some of the things that come to your mind? (Dr. Wade) PAC’s a group of like-minded veterinarians who all work to try to better their client and better the environment for the animal, make economic sustainability more possible for the clients. We all have a passion for that. Very diverse group, dairy practitioner, swine practitioner, one from Australia, couple of instructors we all have the same endpoint in mind. (Dr. Dan) Absolutely and you know what, there’s some of the things that you know I understand that we’re working with animals every day, but it’s that relationship between the people, the relationship of the PAC veterinarians and the support staff the way that they care about the people that they serve through the animals that they raise is amazing. (Dr. Wade) I believe that’s right. We all do this or we all got into it because of the animals, but the greatest joy we get is from the people and seeing their success, seeing their involvement, their growth and making them better so that their job is better and then the animals under their care are better. (Dr. Dan) Today we’re talking about everything from some of the specific issues such as bruising when you’re loading cattle and fatigue cattle syndrome to having stockmanship demonstrations. Having that hands-on, one on one type of learning is very important. (Dr. Wade) Yes we expect them to go out and be all hands-on on a day-to-day basis. Many of these people are visual learners like I am and so they need to see it, need to have the ability to be one on one with people to interact and gain that and we all learn every day, if we try to, and this is another attempt to try to make them better, make us better, make the industry better. We and you and Dr. Jim and Dr. Larry all help us learn to be better instructors, better listeners. (Dr. Dan) I appreciate everything you do. I appreciate your vision for PAC. Folks. Dr. Wade Taylor, Production Animal Consultation Oakley Kansas.
(Dr. Dan) Hey folks welcome back to DocTalk we are here in Kearney, Nebraska. I have Dr. Larry Firkins from The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, where he serves as the Associate Dean, and new title for you. Congratulations. (Dr. Larry Firkins) Thank you. (Dr. Dan) Today he had a wonderful session with our producers about team building and change. Talk to me a little bit about some of the things that we went over this morning. (Dr. Larry) I’d be happy to, thanks for allowing me to have this chance to visit with you. The interesting thing to me on the stuff that I talk about is it doesn’t come natural to me and I’ve learned that it doesn’t come natural to a lot of people. We tend to feel comfortable when we’re dealing with the cattle or as you know my background more is working with pork producers. We understand the importance of the husbandry, the nutrition, the environment and what I get a lot is, it’s the people that are the challenging aspect. Nothing I talked about this morning comes natural to me I don’t like change. I don’t like having to deal with change but it’s something that if we don’t adapt we’re going to become irrelevant. That’s what I spent a fair amount of time this morning was talking about changes that we can do, how they can be palatable and we can maintain our relevancy within the industry. (Dr. Dan) I thought some of the things were interesting too, you know we tend to grab ahold of our heritage or the things that grandpa did or dad did and I think our core moral beliefs stay the same, but as you experienced in many different technologies, nothing stays the same. (Dr. Larry) Yeah. If we don’t adapt and that’s one of the takeaways was the ability to adapt and to continue to be relevant in the industry. The examples that I gave are companies that at the time were focusing on trying to make it better at what they were doing currently, but they weren’t looking to the future, weren’t looking at what are the demands are going to be? What’s the market going to tell us that is necessary for three years from now or five years from now? It’s not a place that a lot of us like to visit that we want to focus on strictly what’s occurring today or how to get better today. My challenge was how do we look at the future, roll it back to today and then determine what steps can we take so that we are relevant in the future. (Dr. Dan) I thought one of the neatest exercises was when you said, “Hey, look three, four years down the road and tell me that if your company was going to make a headline in the newspaper, what would the headline for your company three or four years from now be? (Dr. Larry) Then the benefit of that is if you’ll grab ahold of that headline and take a look at what you’re making for progress next year at this time, what does it look like two years from now and then make a new headline. We’re continually looking at the three years so that we’re not caught off guard, we can see how do we allocate resources. Resources are always limited. In resources I usually look at financial ability and time. And if we can align the financial abilities and our time with what that headline is that we want to generate, that’s celebrating what our firm has done, how we look within the industry, we can we can make that happen. (Dr. Dan) It’s a great message, you do a great job. I appreciate all that you do for our industry. Folks if you get a chance the University of Illinois has a lot of different programs. Dr. Firkins has been someone that’s been a leader in the swine and beef industries and also the veterinary profession. Dr. Larry Firkins, a friend and colleague University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Thank you for being here. (Dr. Larry) Thank you Dr. Dan. (Dr. Dan) Thanks for watching DocTalk. Folks we are going to take a break now and we’ll come back more after these messages.
(Dr. Dan) Hey folks welcome back to DocTalk. It’s a pleasure for me to have Trent Loos on the show. I don’t know how many hundreds of speeches we do around the country Trent. This is the first time we got on the same program and I was– (Trent Loos) I got a bit of trivia that I don’t think you’re resonating with yet, Doc. (Dr. Dan) What is that? (Trent) The look on your face like oh no, where are we going with this? You tell me that first time you heard me speak was here in Buffalo County, Kearney, Nebraska. First time I heard you speak was at Nebraska Cattlemen’s in Kearney, Nebraska, Buffalo County, probably eight years ago. Apparently we can only interact in Buffalo County Nebraska. (Dr. Dan) It’s good for me, it’s a good slice of the world but thanks for all you do and I really do appreciate the passion, the knowledge but most importantly the truth and the integrity that you bring to the subject material and the patriotism. It’s awesome and talk a little bit just kind of summarize your focus, your passion what your purpose is. (Trent) My purpose is the same as it was when I started seventeen years ago and it’s to make sure that the United States consumer has access to the food that we produce and gets the right information to make in the decision correctly. Particularly in today’s world we have so much jargon and market rhetoric taking place. We should celebrate the choices that we have as American consumers. We do have choices. But let’s make sure that you’re making those purchase decisions based upon the facts, rather than some non-government organization that’s trying to feed you something. (Dr. Dan) Right. (Trent) That something they’re feeding you, by the way, has zero nutritional value. It’s otherwise known as bovine fecal matter. Just make sure you make those purchase decisions based upon the facts. Again, at the end of the day, celebrate being an American citizen. (Dr. Dan) Yeah, it’s not digestible, what they’re feeding us. (Trent) The TBN on that is not real good. (Dr. Dan) No. I mean, what does farming and ranching mean to you? I mean, you’ve talked about how it’s helped you raise your family. It’s pretty passionate. (Trent) You show me a kid, a young adult, anybody who grew up on a farm, and they understand life. They understand it. I think that the biggest challenge that we have Dan is that we have too many people that don’t understand everything lives, everything dies, and death with a purpose gives full meaning to life. We’re in this era where nobody wants to die, or they don’t want anything to die, but something is only going to live if something else died for it. Connecting those dots, and making sure that we’re stewards of the land, that we leave the place better than we found it. If you look at the numbers, you know, it takes very few acres, a third of an acre to produce enough food to feed a person for a year today, when 116 years ago it required five acres. That’s the great untold story. If General Motors had a car that was half that efficient, RFD-TV wouldn’t stop talking about how green this car is. We have the greenest industry ever imaginable, it’s called American agriculture, but it’s the untold story. (Dan) Yeah. The balance, and moving it forward, is so important. Tune in and listen to Trent Loos. He is truly a patriot, and he’s doing so much for American agriculture. Thanks for watching DocTalk. Get on his website, get on his radio show. Thanks so much for what you do. (Trent) My pleasure, my honor. Thank you. (Dan) Thank you. You did great.
(Dr. Dan) Hey, folks. Welcome back to DocTalk. Dr. Dan here with Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz. He’s with PAC, Production Animal Consultation. We’re here in Kearney, Nebraska. Having a great day, aren’t we? (Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz) It’s an awesome day, Dan. Very awesome day. We’ve had some of the best speakers today that the industry could dream of. This afternoon we had some of the best clinicians in the industry, Juan Reyes, Curt Pate, Ted Howard, and Dr. Noffsinger. Just a phenomenal day of learning. (Dr. Dan) Yeah. You know, when you sit back and you look at bringing the people together, the fellowship, the constant strive to get better every day, it amazes me, and thank you very much for what you did to put this together. But it amazes me when you get the people in the room, how more people don’t get to these. (Dr. Kip) Oh, I know. You know, we had a great turnout today. We had right at 200 people, and really all producers. There were different segments of the industry here; we had some pharmaceutical companies, but mostly all either cow-calf/feedlot producers that were here to learn. They gave up a very busy schedule to be here today, but what it tells me is that their openness to learning. The people that attend these, want to learn, they want to change. The challenge I put out to the others in the industry is – and it may be my fault too – is how do we advertise better? How do we get more of this stuff out there to the general public so that they know and that they can attend? Again, it’s just about getting these guys here. The guys here are committed to change. (Dr. Dan) It winds up being money in their pocket. I mean, that’s the thing, that whenever I’m around a PAC meeting, when the producers leave here, it’s something that they’re going to go home, they’re going to implement, and it’s going to improve the lives of their cattle, improve their own lives and their employee’s lives, and it improves their profitability. (Dr. Kip) Absolutely. (Dr. Dan) We’re going to have another one here in July, right? (Dr. Kip) In July, we’re going to have one in Oberlin, Kansas. (Dr. Dan) What’s the date on that? (Dr. Kip) That’s going to be July 13. (Dr. Dan) Okay, July 13. (Dr. Kip) Registration will start at 7:30, but we have open registration online for that meeting. We’re going to have a group of speakers there as well that is just going to be phenomenal people and experts in the industry. We’ll have Dr. Jeff DeFrain that will come in and talk about the normal mechanics of the bovine. How does that animal move, what does that movement look like? We’ll have Dr. Dorte talk about food and health pathology and prevention and treatment. We’ll have Dr. Mike Apley there talking about antibiotic issues that are in our industry and how to be better use of those antibiotics. We have Dr. Nels Lindberg coming in and doing some leadership talks. Then we highlight with a keynote with Dr. Sam Barringer at that meeting and he is going to give a great phenomenal teamsmanship approach. Dr. Sam is with Merck Animal Health but he’s also one of our armed forces members and he’s going to bring that philosophy to our leaders in our industry and I think it’s going to be just an outstanding meeting. I’m looking forward to it. (Dr. Dan) Me too, folks, come to Oberlin in July, meet us there at the PAC. Thanks for watching DocTalk today. Remember if you want to know more about what we do you can find us on the web at www.doctalktv.com and always work with your local practitioner. Thanks for watching DocTalk today, I’m Dr. Dan Thomson and I’ll see you down the road.
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