posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
As Cyclone fans, it’s not often that we willingly hang out in a sea of black and gold, but last night at RVTV in Mount Ayr, we made an exception. From the 60+ tailgates filled with food and games to the pep rally, live music and pool convertible (that’s right, a pool convertible!), it’s safe to say that the Iowa vs. Iowa State town-wide tailgate was a roaring success!
If there’s one thing that we love more than the Cyclones, it’s our employees and the local communities where they work and live. In the heart of South Central Iowa, Mt. Ayr is close to several of our sow farms, nurseries and gilt development units (GDUs) and the pride that our employees take in their community is tremendous.
“I just love this town.” Said Mikey Shields, Sow 28 Farm Manager. “Everyone comes together and supports one another. Events like RAGBRAI and RVTV really bring out the best in us.”
RVTV is an annual tailgate tour put on by Channel 13 News leading up to the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series. It’s an opportunity for communities to come together and showcase their town and school spirit. Every town puts their own unique spin on the event, but Mount Ayr decided to do a large pep rally and tailgate where everyone walked around sharing food, drinks and games. To show our support, we brought our semi down and played Iowa vs. Iowa State football trivia. Winners had the opportunity to win chapstick, candy and of course – pig cookies!
A huge thank you goes out to the entire community of Mount Ayr for putting on such a wonderful event! We’re more excited than ever to watch our Cyclones take the Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium this Saturday. We’re optimistic, but what about you? Who do you think is going to win the game this year?
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Ashley Dyer Heads Hooper Sow Farm Farrowing Department
As the farrowing department head, Ashley and her team of Selene, Vivian, Dolly, David, Zory, Hugo, Alonzo and Yulissa—to name a few—will receive the gestating sows within a day or two of farrowing, make them comfortable, monitor health and feed intake, and then assist with birthing.