Alternative Hog Production Conference (fwd)
Lawrence F. London, Jr. - InterGarden - Venaura Farm
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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 07:54:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ray Kimsey <email@example.com>
Subject: Alternative Hog Production Conference
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We think that the following conference will be very useful to small and
medium-sized farms and rural communities. As large Confined Feeding
Operations are encountering vigorous opposition by neighbors, we want
educate about positive steps that farmers can take to be profitable,
environmental stewards, and an asset to the communities food supply as
as the state's economy. Please help us reach all who would benefit from
information by freely copying and distributing this news release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION,
October 22, 1997 Steve Bonney at
Opportunities in Alternative Hog Production
A one day conference on Alternative Hog Production Strategies
be held on December 5, 1997, at Judi's Catering in Lafayette, Indiana,
9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Sponsors of the program are Sustainable Earth,
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, and Indiana
This is an opportunity for hog producers to become
about production systems that feature low investment and low production
costs. These are high management systems that produce good profits from
wide range of farm sizes, but are especially suited to small and
sized farms. They also fit well into a crop/livestock operation.
The audience will learn about hooped structures,
pasture, deep-bedded Swedish systems, pasture farrowing, stalk grazing,
grazing of other standing forages, and more. Production systems can
one or more of these strategies as the farmer wishes. "This is not
like your grandfather did," says conference organizer Steve Bonney of
New, lower cost technologies combined into a production system make
The conference will also include short presentations about
alternative marketing strategies that include direct marketing to
from the farm and through farmer owned cooperatives like Indiana Family
Farms. These strategies can provide secure markets and increased
small and medium-sized producers.
Participants in the conference will hear from speakers who are
"bullish on hogs" and who will cover the practicalities of alternative
production systems. Two of them, Jim Van Der Pol and Greg Gunthorp are
farmers who have developed profitable production systems that support
families and require no hired labor. They will share key information
makes the production systems work. Mark Honeyman is an Iowa State
specialist well-known for his broad exposure and experiences with
alternative production systems. He will cover a wide range of issues
nutrition to economics in alternative production systems.
Van Der Pol's low cost production system features a hoop house,
acres of alfalfa-based pasture and animal harvest of crops in the field
320 acre crop and livestock farm in Minnesota. This is a home farm that
and LeeAnn have operated since taking over from his parents in 1977. In
1993, the Van Der pol's completed Holistic Management training that has
allowed them to focus on quality of life issues for the farm family,
good environmental stewards and to ensure the profitability of the farm
without the need of off-farm income.
Today, the diverse farming operation is concentrating on
production. While maintaining herds of sheep and cattle, the Van Der
are focusing on "birth to market" hog production as their 26 year old
Josh, and is family are joining the family farming business. Next year
farm plans to expand to 200 litters annually by adding another hoop
"From our perspective, the future, especially the hog business, looks
bright," Jim says emphatically.
Greg Gunthorp is a third generation hog farmer from LaGrange
Indiana, who will market 1200 hogs from his 100 acre farm, just 10
from the Michigan state line. With the current market, his profit's
been nearly $80 per market hog. Although not yet 30 years of age,
has developed a production system that is a pasture-based
operation whose only building structures are farrowing huts. He is
constantly improving the forage quality and quanity in his pastures and
improving the genetics of his swine to achieve more grazing efficiency
his pasture system. Forages include alfalfa, clovers, rape, Puna
grazing maize and corn. Earlier this year, Tamworth boars were added to
system because of their suitability to grazing.
Also this year, Gunthorp began to direct market pork to consumers at
Gunthorp is fond of saying, "This pasture system is ideal for
learning, because you can make mistakes and still make good money." A
testiment to that profitability is is that Greg and his wife Lei are
two young children without the economic benefits of off-farm
Dr. Mark Honeyman is an associate professor of animal science
Iowa State University, teaching swine management and animal nutrition.
also coordinates a state-wide network of eleven research farms. His
in swine nutrition and production focuses on alternative feeds and
production systems, with a keen interest in the role livestock,
hogs, in sustainable farming systems. Honeyman is a former partner in
family's farming operation in southwestern Iowa.
Bonney says, "Producers who face uncertain futures in the hog
business should attend this conference. Never will there be a better
opportunity for farmers to learn how to get in or stay in the hog
and earn good profits."
Attendees must preregister and pay a registration fee of
Additional owners or employees from the same farm can register for
each. Lunch and printed materials will be provided. Register with
Sustainable Earth, Inc., at 100 Georgton Ct., West Lafayette IN 47906.
(765) 463-9366 if more information is needed. An agenda, directions to
conference and lodging information will be sent to registrants.
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