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Field Day-Hogs on Pasture
A field day featuring hog production from farrow to finish on pasture will
be part of a field day on August 30 in LaGrange County, Indiana (near the
Michigan and Ohio borders. Greg Gunthorp (a subscriber to this list) will
host visitors to his farm east of LaGrange, Indiana. His operation features
a low cost production system on diverse forages. Greg will market about 1000
hogs that were farrowed and raised on a little more than 100 acres at a cost
in the mid to upper $20's/100 pounds. Fall farrowing will begin any day now
and this will be the first litters produced with Tamworth boars purchased
The field day begins at the Andy Stroop farm at 9 am EST (same as CDT or
Chicago time and one hour later than Michigan and Ohio time). This farm
features field crops in transition to organic grain production using
mechanical weed control including a Lely weeder. At noon the tour moves to
the Gunthorp farm for a lunch of pork burgers, sweetcorn, etc., and a tour
of the farm.
The cost of the day is $5 including lunch and registration is required (you
can email me for registration). The Stroop farm is located at 4820 N County
Road 1100 East (11 miles east of Howe, Indiana on State Road 120, south on
1100 E to the second house on west side of road). Signs will be posted.
Also, please mark your calendar for an Alternative Hog Production Conference
on December 5, 1997 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Featured speakers will
include Mark Honeyman from Iowa State University (hoop houses, etc.) and
Greg Gunthorp. Don't miss this one if you are interested in hog production
alternatives to large confinement operations.
Steve Bonney, President
Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Association
100 Georgton Ct.
W. Lafayette IN 47906
(317) 463-9366, fax (317) 497-0164