Congratulations to Sheila Mundy and Josh Haidsiak for claiming the top spot for Q1 SelectPride!
“Sheila is one of the best animal caretakers I work with,” said Shamus Brown, DVM and director of multiplication. “She cares so much about each and every animal, is dependable and has a heart of gold. We never doubt for a day that those pigs receive the best care around.”
Congratulations to Sheila Mundy and Josh Haidsiak for claiming the top spot for Q1 SelectPride! Located near Diagonal in southwest Iowa, Priest multiplication nursery plays a key role in providing quality gilts for Iowa Select Farms’ gilt developers and sow farms.
SelectPride awards for multiplication nurseries and growers are based on mortality, production well-being, biosecurity assessments and supervisor site visit scores. Priest earned the top spot for having 1.3% mortality, 100% production well-being score, 100% biosecurity score and averaged just under 100% on their site visit scores.
We celebrated Sheila and Josh’s accomplishments earlier this quarter with a luncheon in Arispe. In addition to Sheila and Josh, members of their support departments, who are also instrumental in a farm’s success, came to celebrate. Members from environmental services, repair and maintenance, health services, multiplication logistics, human resources and IT/low voltage all celebrated alongside.
At Priest, Josh oversees the farm, but Sheila is responsible for the day-to-day operations. In addition to Priest, Josh managers 5 farms in southern Iowa. As manager, he travels 70 miles each day visiting his five farms and caretaker teams, jumping in to help them chore the barns, sort and move pigs, fix equipment and clean.
“We never have to question if any of Josh’s farms have completed certain tasks,” said Tysen Abell, multiplication supervisor. “He works closely with his team to make sure they dot every “i” and cross every “t.” His teams are very meticulous and do a great job staying on top of things.”
Whether she’s working late at the farm or carrying a pig with strep to the waterer to ensure it drinks—Sheila’s passion for her pigs is evident to anyone she meets.
According to Tysen, Sheila is not an animal caretaker, rather a caregiver.
“My job is fun. I absolutely love what I do,” said Sheila, who’s notorious for feeding her pig sweet treats, like donuts and cookies. “There’s nothing I love more than coming into the farm every day and seeing the progress our pigs have made. I take pride in getting and keeping them as healthy as possible.”
Congratulations to Josh and Sheila on your continued success in SelectPride. Keep up the great work!