Why Employee Recognition Matters

How Daily Cow Vacations Impact Output

Dr. Stayer: Antibiotic Issues Broaden DVMs’ Role



We recently learned that Dr. Carla Price, Ph.D., a poultry nutrition consultant who had previously worked for Sanderson Farms for nearly 15 years, passed away on May 2, 2017, due to a vehicular accident.

Carla worked on projects for one of our clients and was an invaluable source of information for Trish Valenzuela, a contributor to the ASM and one of the recruiters on the Continental Search team. She gave Trish much in the way of information and guidance to help her understand the poultry industry. Trish and I are deeply saddened by Carla's passing.

The Continental Search team would like to extend our deepest condolences to her husband, David, and her family. If you would like to join us in donating to help with the funeral and various expenses, please visit the GoFundMe account created on behalf of David Price. - Dan Simmons, CPC, owner of the Animal Science Monitor and Continental Search

Why Employee Recognition Matters

Hiring the right person for the job isn't an easy feat. However, keeping top talent can be even trickier.According to Human Resources Today, 65% of employees jump ship because of poor employee recognition programs.

How Employee Recognition Improves a Business
Recognition drives employee engagement. It lowers turnover propensity rates and provide stronger business results. According to the article "Why Employee Recognition Matters," an engaged employee will perform 20% better and will be 87% less likely to leave an organization. Their data also shows that companies that have the most engaged employees have revenue growth 2.5 times greater than competitors that have low employee recognition programs in place.

Why It Matters
While Baby Boomers were big on hierarchy, Millennials will make up 50% of the workplace in 2018.Our latest free e-book, "Recruiting in a Multi-Generational Talent Pool," talks about Millennials in detail.

Millennials are not as weak and spoiled as many write-ups make them out to be. While most grew up in a coddled environment, this highly-educated and idealistic generation thrives best within organizations that echo their morals and goals. Millennials have high expectations of their bosses and also perform better when they are recognized for their efforts.

While 41% of Baby Boomers think that it would be best to stay in one workplace for 5 years or more, only 15% of Millennials agree with them. This is the main reason why recognition in the workplace will matter more in the future.

Employee recognition helps companies retain their best and brightest. Please keep in mind that all the current workforce generations would thrive better if their employers thanked them for their efforts.Does your company have a sound employee recognition program in place already? If not, now would be a good time to create one.

If you would like to find out about the three generations currently in the workforce, download our free e-book, "Recruiting in a Multi-Generational Talent Pool." You will also find other free informational reading material here.
DAN SIMMONS, CPC, Sr. Recruiter
Continental Search is owned by Daniel C. Simmons, a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) who has been recruiting since 1991. In December 2015, Dan celebrated his 650th career placement. Dan has won more than 20 awards from Top Echelon Network, America's leading placement network, including Placer of the Year in 2009 and the prestigious Million Dollar Award. He is also a member of the National Association of Personnel Services. Dan has been a recruiter in the animal feed industry since 2002.

Dan is a student of the recruiting industry, as well as a speaker/trainer, both in-person and online, for various industry webinars. He has been a featured speaker at the Top Echelon National Convention. Dan has also been a guest speaker providing insight into career management at universities and trade associations. These include the Reciprocal Meat Conference for the American Meat Science Association in 2008 and 2009, the Washington D.C. Chapter of ARPAS (American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists) in 2008, and the Animal Science Departments of both Penn State University and the University of Delaware.

How Daily Vacations Impact Output

I was scanning PennState Extension's Dairy News Section when I came across an article that I just had to share. Apparently, cow vacations do not produce the same results as human vacations.

With summer almost upon us, I am sure that many of you are planning a quick getaway to rest and recharge. Yes, we humans enjoy our little trips away and in most cases, we come back feeling like we could be more productive.

With cows, "time away from the pen is the interval between the time the first cow leaves the pen and the last cow returns," according to the article. Based on research, these mini daily vacations (more than 3.5 to 3.7 hours) can impact their productivity in a negative way.

This time away will not be spent feeling relaxed. The cows may feel hungry, hot, thirsty, and even uncomfortable. If left standing on some surfaces, the producers might be compromising their hoof health, as well.

You can read the full article here. If you want the latest dairy industry news, visit our company website. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for the freshest dairy job openings.


Rick Pascual recruits in dairy nutrition for feed companies and their suppliers across the USA. Rick joined Continental Search in January 2015 and has successfully filled a number of searches for nutritionists, sales, and sales management for leading companies.
After completing coursework and a grueling exam, Rick became a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) in November 2015, as well as a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC) by AIRS in April 2016. Visit his LinkedIn profile for more information and to stay updated with news about recent dairy trends.

Send Rick your resume at rick@consearch.com. Call him at (302) 544-9288.

Dr. Stayer: Antibiotic Issues Broaden DVMs' Role
With more and more consumers clamoring for antibiotic-free meat, I found this article from The Poultry Site quite informative. Philip A. Stayer, DVM, MS, ACPV is a Corporate Veterinarian for Sanderson Farms, Inc.

According to Dr. Stayer, the recent antibiotics vs. no medication argument has taken his practice to a whole new level. The role of vet has broadened, as he and his colleagues have to defend the use of antibiotics for their flocks.

He says that poultry vets, both commercial and those with their own private practice, have to balance the wishes of their clients with the needs of their patients, the flock in this case. The owners will have certain constraints, which could be philosophical or financial, and this will limit what a vet can do.

Dr. Stayer talks of the "three-legged stool" to explain the judicious use of antibiotics. The first leg is the need to take care of animals, which includes FDA-approved treatments which are used to treat sick birds, regardless of how it could affect marketability. The second leg, he says, is based off the work of the late Scott Russell, PhD, who believed they should treat flocks to benefit consumer food safety because sick chickens have increased amounts of foodborne pathogens.

The third leg has to do with sustainability. A sick animal left untreated will die or need more water, feed, labor, and so on. "Nobody uses antibiotics simply to spend money, and neither do we," Dr. Stayer adds.

You can read the full article here. If you are looking for the latest poultry job openings, stop by our company website. You may also follow #ContinentalSearch on LinkedIn and Facebook for the latest developments in the poultry industry.


Trish Valenzuela specializes in recruiting for poultry feed additive companies. She has filled positions in technical support, sales, and sales management across the USA.

Trish joined Continental Search in July 2015 and
through hard study, she passed two certification programs. She is now a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and a Professional Recruiting Consultant (PRC).
Visit her LinkedIn profile to connect with her and stay updated with current poultry trends. Trish can be reached at (302) 248-8242, through LinkedIn, or at trish@consearch.com.



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