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MetaFarms acquires consulting company Swine Management Services

October 21, 2019  by Manure Manager

MetaFarms, Inc., an information platform for agriculture, acquired Swine Management Services LLC of Fremont, NE, to expand its services portfolio.

SMS is an independent swine consulting company founded in 2002 by Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, based in Fremont, NE, and serving producers across North America and Australia.

The SMS approach uses data to help swine producers dig deeper into their production insight. For example, the Swine Smart Sow Analysis System helps swine producers make decisions based on 25 years of historical production insight.

“Ron and Mark built a successful business focused on gaining production insight and actionable recommendations based on detailed swine production data,” said Chad Becker, chief executive officer with MetaFarms. “The need for accurate, standardized, transparent production benchmarks are becoming more critical in the livestock production space and combined with MetaFarms product offerings, gives swine producers the best solutions in the market to support their business goals.”


SMS will join the MetaFarms family and operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary, while continuing to provide all its current analytic and consulting solutions to the swine industry.

The transaction closed September 30, 2019. Current SMS customers will see no disruption to their existing services and will continue to receive customer service from the SMS and MetaFarms teams. SMS will continue to operate from its headquarters in Fremont.


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