Monday, May 19, 2014

Friest Family Hog and Grain Farm - Radcliffe, IA

Jen, Molly, and Julie holding piglets.
Inside the gestation barn.
Mom taking a drink.

Today we visited the Freist family and their hog farm. They're a father son vertically integrated hog farm and they have 1500 acres of land they use for grain. On average they farrow to finish 4,000-5,000 hogs per year which means they raise the pig from when they are born to when they are brought to slaughter. We got to see the pigs at every stage of development and even saw some of them being born. We learned a lot and were happy to see all aspects of hog farming, even if we did leave smelling like pigs.
- Jen

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