Carson promoted; Woods, Shanks join Nedap U.S. swine team

New positions expand swine management and technology service and expertise.

 Nedap, a global leader in livestock management systems, announces the promotion of Brad Carson and the hiring of Chuck Woods and Tim Shanks to its U.S. swine technology team. Carson has been promoted to vice president of Nedap Livestock Management U.S. Woods joins the team as a sales manager for the southern Midwest, working with swine producers to design and implement group gestation sow housing and other automated swine management tools, and Shanks will serve as a technical and service project manager, assisting dealers with technology installation and service, as well as working with producers to plan building and equipment needs. 

These new positions will benefit U.S. producers who have implemented or want to implement automated individual feeding systems on operations of all sizes.

“In the United States, more than 100,000 sows are using our electronic sow feeders, and that number continues to grow on a monthly basis,” says Bertino Verstege, managing director, Nedap Livestock Management. “At Nedap, we put the customer first. We are expanding our team of experts to ensure we provide the industry-leading service our current and future customers expect.”

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Carson joined the Nedap U.S. team in 2015 and has had an intracule role in increased Nedap sales and expertise, a management resource for U.S. producers and developing the U.S. team.

 With an extensive background in U.S. swine production, Woods comes to Nedap from Fast Genetics, where he served as a sales and service representative. Before that, he spent 12 years at VMC Management in Williamsburg, Iowa, where he specialized in sow farm management. Woods graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in swine production. 

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“Chuck brings a wealth of production experience to our team, which makes him an excellent resource for producers considering the transition to group sow housing with electronic sow feeders,” Carson says. “We are excited to have him on board to address the needs of producers in the southern portion of the Midwest.”

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 Shanks brings to Nedap more than a decade of technical experience working with ag equipment dealers.  He has served as a precision farming specialist and integrated solutions manager for John Deere, Ag Leader and Case IH dealerships. He also has more than 20 years of experience as a certified IT technician. 

Having grown up on a farm in northeast Illinois, Shanks graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in precision agriculture and earned a Master’s Degree in professional agriculture. He farms with his wife’s family on their grain farm in Roland, Iowa.

“Tim’s superior computer skills and technology experience will make the Nedap team even stronger,” Carson says. “With his ability to troubleshoot technical challenges on the ground, it will allow us to continue to respond with the speed and dependability our customers need and expect.”

Nedap offers a full-line of automated feeding and management systems, including electronic sow feeding, to allow individual management in large groups.

For more information about tools for feeding sows individually in group housing, contact Brad Carson at (712) 435-7546 or [email protected], or go to www.nedap.com/sowmanagement.

Nedap is a global leader in livestock equipment and management systems. With a goal of creating technology that matters, Nedap has developed, manufactured and sold intelligent technological solutions for swine management for more than 35 years. Nedap is focused on both herd productivity and performance worldwide, offering smart, sustainable solutions in all parts of the production cycle for a profitable, individual approach to managing swine in large groups.

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