posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 in AMVC Employee Blog
Many people entering their careers face a challenge of finding an enjoyable job while remaining close to family near their hometown. Quite often it’s preached that in order to have a successful career, you must move away from your cozy town and make a life for yourself close to a city. Quinn Wilson, an AMVC employee, decided to break this stigma.
Wilson, a native of Oakland, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University in 2014. Originally wanting to work with wildlife, he started to explore his options that were close to home and involved working with animals. Through some searching, he discovered AMVC.
“AMVC was right close to home and immediately when I called, I felt wanted and needed,” Wilson expressed.
Leadership Development Program
With dreams of managing a farm himself, Wilson decided to enroll in the Leadership Development Program through AMVC. This one-year program includes classroom instruction, farm experience, and individual development to help build skills to become a successful leader. The Leadership Development Program offers a “big picture” look of tasks within the barn such as nutrition, ventilation, managing a team, and meeting both farrowing and breeding goals. The Leadership Development Program offered a chance for Wilson to step back and see the farm as a whole before starting in a management role.
“No day is the same.”
When asking Wilson what makes him excited about work, he expressed the enjoyment from the variability between his days. Working with eighteen employees and 6,000 sows, brings him new challenges. Seeing that no person nor sow is the same, he is constantly thinking on his feet. To help with this, instead of looking at what 6,000 sows need Wilson breaks it down to what each girl needs to be productive.
“Don’t think that this is just a manual labor job”
Agriculture is typically viewed as mostly manual labor. While this is somewhat true, manual labor is only a small part of what is being done. Science is vital to everyday production. Though it can be difficult to see that, all decisions that are made today affect the future. What Wilson and his team are really looking at is the nutrition requirements, genetics, herd health, and treatments that may be needed. There will be some challenges that arise seeing that there is so much to think about, but it is important to remember that every decision being made will impact an individual sow’s or gilt’s production tomorrow.
There are so many fun and exciting careers close to home, have you ever thought about becoming a pig farmer?
- our team