Hi, my name is Dave Van Zyl. I have been married to my lovely wife for 29 years. We have 4 grown children; three are married. I just found out I am going to be a grandpa ( so excited! ). I have been raising hogs for 20 years. I worked as an assistant manager for 5 years on a 1200 breed to wean, then moved to Belstra Milling where I have spent the last 15 years as an assistant manager, farm manager, and for a year involved in the safety aspect of all the sow farms and off-sites. I love seeing how the animals thrive with the care people give. I love trying new ideas and helping people meet the goals of the farms. The employees that do the work every day are the ones who need to get all the praise and also recognize they have great ideas if you let them try.
I am really looking forward to starting a new adventure with all of you. I know we can do great things. Brian wants to get to the next level. One of the ways we do that is that we all work together so ask questions and if we don’t know, we find out together. Martin Family Farms has the genetics and as long as we have no health challenges, the sky is the limit.