Protein Sources, LLP provides management and accounting services for farrowing and finishing hog operations in the upper Midwest, principally Minnesota and Iowa. Protein Sources is based in Mapleton, Minnesota and was founded in 1999 by Bron Scherer CPA, a former resident of Amboy, MN, and John, Paul, Richard, and William FitzSimmons of Good Thunder, MN.
Protein Sources has experienced significant growth since inception, responding to the market’s need for high quality management expertise in the hog industry. This growth is a direct result of the breadth and depth of the management team as well as the company’s philosophy. Our management philosophy is simple. We provide an outstanding level of customer service, based upon a solid, unparalleled knowledge of what it takes to raise pigs cost effectively. We couple this philosophy with a knowledge based financial and cost accounting and reporting system to make decisions on a timely basis.
We believe in providing training and ongoing support to empower on-site managers to make day to day decisions in the best interests of their company. We challenge each manager to think about the cost consequences of their daily activities and to focus on continuous improvement to increase quality and efficiency and decrease costs. We believe it is critical to eliminate unnecessary tasks that are often “required protocols” from many other management companies, but in reality, add nothing to the quality or cost structure of the pig.
Protein Sources not only provides management for external clients, but its partners also own and manage their own hog operations. Protein Sources treats its managed herds with the same care and concern as that which it provides to its owned herds. We are truly independent in terms of our professional fees for services and make every decision in the best interest of each client. Each service or product we provide including medications, vaccines, semen, select gilts and formulated feed and feed ingredients is priced separately. This “unbundled” fee structure allows our clients to know exactly what they are paying for. Our clients appreciate our independence as well as the fact that we do not enter into long-term, expensive, or difficult to cancel management contracts.
Today, Protein Sources manages 13 sow units and accompanying nursery systems, producing over one-half million market pigs annually as well as a boar stud and gilt multiplication.
We are very proud of the fact that we do not market our services; all of our existing clients have come to us based upon “word of mouth” advertising from producer to producer. We believe this to be a strong testament to the quality of service we provide to our customers. We will continue to build our company by providing outstanding results and value for every client.