Brenneman: Learn the facts from a real farmer, not activists

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I read a comment yesterday that stated all pork producers are “vile monsters” and must “stop abusing [their] animals.” I know that you should never acknowledge such drastic and incorrect comments because they are made to do exactly what they did – get a rise out of me and get my heart rate going. I won’t acknowledge the comment and go on the defense. All I want is for people to formulate their opinions from facts and real farmers, not activists who skew peoples' perception of reality. I would like to start off by stating that if you know me or... View Blog Post »

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Brenneman: Transforming from city girl to pork producer

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I was a city girl. That’s right, I was born and raised in LaGrange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. My graduating class, pictured to the right, was just short of 800 people, (that’s me on top of my fingernail). I always needed to factor traffic into my driving times, and I judged distance by the time it took to get there instead of miles. My husband once described it as “always being in town no matter how far you went.” It seemed like a silly statement to me then, but I get it now. I... View Blog Post »

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Brenneman Pork: Wishful thinking

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I don’t know about you guys, but I would much rather like to see some thunderheads rolling across green fields right now rather than drifting snow across barren ground! If you like storms then you are in for a treat come spring! I am always the one frantically sprinting outside with her camera while everyone else runs inside for cover as one approaches. I just love the feeling of a hot and humid summer day when you can just sense the energy that Mother Nature is building up with all of her “perfect conditions”... View Blog Post »

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Brenneman: Raising the next generation of pork producers

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I had my two-year-old out in the sow farm to help me with the baby pigs while my husband had our older son chore the nurseries with him this weekend. There is no better feeling to me than to see my boys so excited to get out there and take care of pigs just like Mom and Dad! View Blog Post »

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Brenneman: No office hours for Mother Nature

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Every newborn piglet here at Brenneman Pork is hand-dried with a towel, for two reasons. One is the obvious: We want them to warm up as quickly as possible. The other is that drying them with the towel stimulates their blood flow and gets them ready to nurse. Once they are warm and dry, the piglets are always eager to drink milk. Our farm provides around-the-clock 24/7 care to our farrowing sows so that every birth and newborn piglet is attended to properly. Mother Nature does not keep office hours unfortunately!... View Blog Post »

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Brenneman: Our busy feed mill

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By the time the sun rises, the feed mill here at Brenneman Pork is already up and running at full speed. Located right here next to our home sow farm, the feed mill is one of the most efficient and busy parts of our hog operation. We will grind and deliver around 1.3 million pounds of feed per day using only 4 trucks to haul it! Truly never a dull moment around here! View Blog Post »

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Brenneman: Stunning shot of 2013's last sunrise

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I was met with this sunrise on the final morning of 2013. I snapped the picture out of my bedroom window. What a great close to the year! We look forward to 2014! Happy New Year! View Blog Post »

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Brenneman Pork: An Iowa family farm

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Brenneman Pork is a fully integrated, family run swine and grain operation in Washington County Iowa. Most immediate family members can be found working full time on the farm every day, from office administration to baby piglet care. Our operation is dedicated to staying on the forefront of technology in the agricultural industry. By refining our processes, we can continue to help feed the growing population a safe, affordable pork product for the future. View Blog Post »

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Hello, PorkNetwork readers!

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I am an actively involved member of our family farm, Brenneman Pork, in Washington, Iowa. I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, so I like to think that I have a unique “outsider” perspective of agriculture. After graduating from high school in 2000, I went on to study Animal Science at Iowa State University. I graduated from Iowa State with my bachelor’s degree in 2004 and married my husband, Tim, that same year. We decided to move back to help on his family’s hog operation – it was a big change for me but I was looking... View Blog Post »

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Erin Brenneman
Erin Brenneman  Erin Brenneman grew up in a suburb of Chicago, so life on the farm is not something she knew about as a youngster. She loves animals though, and majored in animal science at Iowa State University. That’s where she met her future husband, Tim, and after graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2004, she and Tim married and moved to Washington, Iowa. Brenneman Pork is a fully integrated, family-run pork and grain operation in Washington County Iowa. You will learn more about Brenneman Pork, Erin and her family in the months to come through her beautiful photos and corresponding captions. PorkNetwork is pleased and excited to welcome Erin as a valuable contributor to the website. She can be reached at: etb@netins.net.


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