Shawn O’Brien

Director of Production

Shawn O’Brien is GPPE’s Director of Production, to which he brings several decades of direct production management experience.

Mr. O’Brien has hand’s-on experience with large, sophisticated swine production facilities including owning his own sow center.

His extensive international consulting experiences equip Mr. O’Brien with valuable knowledge, skills, and contacts, which he brings to GPPE, Ltd.


  • July 1, 2008 – Present
    Global Pork Production Enterprises, Ltd., – Director of Production

    • Development and implementation of training and production protocols
    • Overseeing company operations to insure production efficiency, quality, service, and cost effective management
  • 2005 – Present
    Owner and Leasor – 4,800 Sow Center, Pittsfield, IL, USA
  • 1997 – 2005
    Owner / Operator –7,200 Sows, Pittsfield, IL, USA

    • East Ridge 2,400 head Sow Center
    • North Ridge 2,400 head Sow Center
    • South Ridge 1,200 head Sow Center
    • Prairie Ridge 1,200 head Sow Center
      • Oversee entire operations
      • Develop and implement standard operating procedures
      • Develop and maintain bio-security protocol
      • Manage transportation and logistics–Feed and live haul.
      • Manage gilt acclimation, breeding, farrowing, nutrition, employee training, and marketing.
  • 1985 – 1996
    Tyson Foods, – Assistant Genetic Manager Beef and Pork Division


o       Bachelor of Science, Production Option, Oklahoma State University – 1985
o       Diploma, Graduate Pittsfield High School – 1980

International Travel and Consulting:

  • China
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Netherlands

Please contact us to learn more about Shawn O’Brien.