Today is the last Farmer Friday of October so we are excited to feature another one of our resident pig farmers as we near the end of National Pork Month. We hope you have enjoyed our special features. So last, but definitely not least is Meggie, The Hoosier Farm Babe!
Honestly, I never imagined I would be raising pigs someday.
You see, I grew up on a registered Jersey dairy farm and cows well they were my thing – still are. While others played sports in high school – I took my Jerseys to shows across the country.
But then I met this cute guy in college and his family happened to raise pigs. I didn’t think too much about it at the time. All I knew was that I really liked this guy. He was tall, dark, handsome and a farmer – basically my cup of tea! .Well they say you can’t help who you fall in love with and they are right!
The funny thing was I remember taking a class at Purdue called “Pet a Cow,” and no, that wasn’t the real class title, but that’s what all us ag school kiddos called it. I remember the day when we visited the university hog farm like it was yesterday. During the class, we were taught to “process” baby pigs including ear notching them, castrating the males and clipping the tails. (We process baby pigs on our family farm when they are just a few days old.) After I completed my first batch, the instructor looked at me and said, “You know, you’re pretty good at this, maybe you should consider marrying a hog farmer.” Hilarious, right?! Maybe he really wasn’t an animal science professor… but a psychic.
So once my tall dark and handsome farmer (also known as Big D on my blog) and I were married, we moved near where his family farmed in central Indiana. When Big D’s family liquidated their hog herd. Big D began managing another hog farm where they raised sows (female pigs).Slowly, we started raising pigs “on the side” at the old family farm with the help of Big D’s boss (also Heather @ 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs uncle!).Eventually, “on the side” became more than 300 sows in 2008 and we decided to go “full time.” Let’s just say being a young farmer in the hog biz is a challenge, but a completely rewarding one. And luckily, I am blessed to have the best partner in the world to command our farm venture! There is so much about the pigs that I have grown to love, and I’m not afraid to admit that. Baby pigs are just the cutest and the sows are completely protective of their babies and as a momma myself, I can respect that! Click here for a funny story about my very first visit to Big D’s family pork farm.
Now just a few years later, Big D and I are raising 550 sows in a farrow-to finish operation, where we finish close to 12,000 market hogs per year. I cannot give enough credit to Big D, he is the brains of the operation. And just a couple weeks ago, we closed on our dream farm moving the base of our hog business outside the city limits and back into the country (our farm is quickly becoming victim to urban sprawl!)
And it’s not just a farm we’re running but a family business. On his side, Big D is the 5th generation farmer and I’m the 6th generation on my side so yea … farming is in the family. And the end goal in all of this is to give the same opportunity to our kids someday that if they choose the farm will be there if they want it.
I hope you’ll come by and visit me – the Hoosier Farm Babe! Check out these fun and interesting posts about our hog farm: