Lucas G043 Team Wins Q4 Gilt Developer SelectPride
Congratulations to the team at Lucas G043—Doug Gooding, Greg Woolis, Martin Mason, Wes McDonald, Chad Cox and Anthony Solano—for winning Q4 Gilt Developer SelectPride.
“When it comes to working as a team, this farm has got it down,” said Randy Hosfield, GDU Supervisor. “They understand how each other works, communicate well and let no job go unfinished. They work together to get their tasks done and it really shows.”
While the farm has made several top ten SelectPride appearances, this is their first time in the number one spot.
Together, the crew has more than 50 years of experience with pig care. In fact, Doug just celebrated his 24 year work anniversary, 18 of which have been spent managing Lucas G043.
“I wish I could say there’s a secret formula to winning, but it really comes down to consistency and teamwork,” said Doug. “You have to execute the same tasks, the same way, every single day. If you do that correctly, success will come.”
On average, the farm breeds 140-150 gilts per week for Last Chance Sow 32 and Smyrna Sow 38. According to Doug, they take their role in providing the sow farms with quality replacement gilts very seriously.
“We know how important our pigs are for the productivity of a sow farm,” he said. “If we send them a gilt that doesn’t farrow well, it affects their bonuses and overall production. Their success is our success.”
Throughout Q4, Lucas G043 bred 1,818 gilts for the production system. They ended the quarter with 92.7% PCP and received a 100% on their biosecurity assessment.
“Biosecurity is a top priority for this farm and it shows,” said Jeremiah Hall, GDU Director. “From consistently following protocols to walking pens and providing timely treatments, they’re thorough in everything that they do.
Of course their many years of experience contribute to the farm’s success, but the one thing the team at Lucas G043 has that can’t be taught might be their most important attribute of all—commitment.
“One of the things that makes Doug a great manager is his absolute dedication to the job and company,” said Randy. “He and his team are committed to hitting their goals every single day. That passion, for the job and animals, is not something that you can teach.”
Congratulations to Doug, Greg, Martin, Wes, Chad and Anthony on a great quarter. Keep up the work in 2020!