Missouri pig farmer Everett Forkner loves pigs. They’ve been part of his life, in fact, since the day he and his wife, Ruby, established TRULINE® Genetics in 1958. Today, Forkner Farms is a 2,000-acre family farm that includes two sons [...] Read more
As someone who has been raising pigs for a long time, Wanda Patsche has noticed a number of changes in the role of women in pig farming in [...] Read more
As a sixth generation farm girl, Cristen Clark, who lives in central Iowa, knows that the role of women in pig farming is nothing new. After all, her mother helped raise livestock long before Cristen, herself, became a pig farmer [...] Read more
Caring for animals brings me joy.
It’s hard work, sure, and the pay certainly doesn’t reflect the time and stress that goes into it. But watching our pigs grow and strive and excel is the kind of reward that’s worth a [...] Read more
When asked to talk about why animal care is important to me, I admittedly get a little stuck. Not because it’s not important, but because it’s so important. Animal care is everything. It’s why we’re in this business, and why [...] Read more
I’ve been asked more than once recently about public health. What are we real pig farmers doing about it? Do we think about it often? Ever?
The short answer: A lot and constantly.
Public health is one of those things where if [...] Read more
When Subway recently announced — that soon all meat served in its restaurants would be sourced from farms that use no antibiotics at any time — some folks cheered. But, the thing is, all meat sold in the U.S. is [...] Read more
What is Brenneman Pork Inc.’s key to sustainability? Constantly improving our farming practices every single day.
Many nine-year-olds choose pigs as a first 4-H project. Not many turn that project into a business that employs most of the family. But [...] Read more
#RealPigFarming unites pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry members to talk about pig farming. There are many different ways to raise pigs and #RealPigFarming celebrates all farmers and how they choose to raise their pigs. The most important [...] Read more
When you think of hunger, you probably don’t think of Iowa. But all over America, it’s there — even in the most productive agricultural state in the nation.
The real pig farmers from Iowa Select Farms do think about hunger in [...] Read more