The Maschhoffs Hosts Student Group for Winter Externship

Carlyle, IL (Jan. 9, 2019) — This week The Maschhoffs hosted a group of 11 college students as part of the company’s first-ever Leadership Extern Experience. 

The Leadership Extern Experience is a three-day program designed to help develop young college students’ passion for animal agriculture. As part of the Leadership Extern Experience, the students learned about a number of The Maschhoffs’ disciplines, including genetics, reproductive technology, financial analysis, internet technology, swine production, communications, nutrition science, animal health and leadership development.

“We created this program as a way to bring in talented young students with an interest in animal agriculture so that they could spend a few days learning more about The Maschhoffs and pork production opportunities,” says Rich Hollis, Vice President of People Strategy.

In total, 11 students took three days out of their winter break to glean perspective from a number of leaders within The Maschhoffs and tour production facilities. The students who were selected as part of this competitive program were:

  • Lizzy Bellina, University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Gunner Gray, Danville Area Community College
  • Jenna Harvell, Black Hawk College
  • Mickala Kay, Black Hawk College
  • Emily Ligntner, Black Hawk College
  • Sarah Kozusek, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Peyton Nagel, Kansas State University
  • Kathleen Smith, Sauk Valley Community College
  • Ethan Stas, Penn State University
  • Tyler Triggs, Iowa State University
  • Whitney Whitaker, Kansas State University

“It’s always invigorating to host talented students at The Maschhoffs,” says Randy Bowman, Director of Technical Services. “I’ve been a part of bringing in young people to our organization for a number of years. I’m grateful to be a part of a company that prioritizes teaching and training the next generation of pork leaders.”

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The Maschhoffs, LLC is a hog production company headquartered in Carlyle, IL. The company has over 100 years of hog production experience, and is the largest family-owned hog producer network in North America, with nearly 215,000 sows and market hog production sites in 9 states. The company has approximately 1,200 employees who, along with more than 500 independent farm partners, focus on creating environmentally and economically sustainable hog production systems.  Each year, the company raises enough hogs to provide pork to more than 16 million consumer households.  Visit for more information.