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Erin Brenneman 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 forward to this different lifestyle in the country.

I currently work full time in the farrowing house, helping the mother pigs give birth to their babies and taking care of the newborn piglets. I also assist in the data entry for the sow farm as well as help out in the fields during fall and spring. 

My husband and I have two boys ages 2 and 7 who love life on the farm and working with the pigs.

I’m looking forward to sharing our life at Brenneman Pork with you through my photos, and hope this hope this unique approach provides a realistic, first-hand look at pork production. I appreciate your comments and feedback.

Erin BrennemanErin BrennemanMy oldest son TJ loves to come out and help with the babies in the farrowing house on the weekends. While his favorite thing about helping is simply carrying around the "perfect" baby pig the whole time, he also loves putting the powder on the newborns to help dry them off. So many fantastic jobs in the farrowing house for a 7-year-old to occupy his busy little mind, as well as teach good responsibility and animal husbandry!

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Odebolt, Iowa  |  January, 10, 2014 at 09:41 AM

You go girl! I hope your blogs get read all over the Nation, but will be pleased if even all of Chicago could get this first hand look at life on an agricultural setting and the "family" involvement side of it that brings many who could have been headed for much different work have chosen to grow their businesses and their families back home on the farm.

Palmer Holden    
Iowa City  |  January, 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Erin I'm glad to see you writing and will follow. Say Hi to Rob and Tim. Best wishes.

Daryl T    
Mankato, MN  |  January, 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I always enjoy stories, pictures and video clips from families on the farm. I'm looking forward to your stories of feeding the world "Brenneman Style"!

Cliff Schroeder    
Hecla S.D.  |  January, 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Erin, Enjoyed your comments. My wife of 48+ years was also a city gal from Thief River Falls Min.. We raised four children on our farrow to finish hog farm. They have all thanked us repeatedly for teaching them responsibility and a good work ethic. Something hard to find today. Sharon says the happiest days for her were when we all working together in the barns. I can add nothing to that. We have sold our hog operation to a private individual but I continue to manage it for him. Sharon works @ Good Samaritan Nursing Home in a nearby town.

Brian T    
Minneota  |  January, 11, 2014 at 06:21 AM

Many great lessons on life are learned growing up on a farm. We feel so blessed to have been able to bring our family up on our farm. Looking forward to doing as much as possible with the grandchildren!

Mike Lake    
FL  |  January, 11, 2014 at 01:28 PM

Looking forward to your posts. Go Cyclones.

Ali's Dad    
Galena  |  January, 19, 2014 at 01:08 PM

Good work, Erin. Look forward to your writing. If it's as good as your photography, we are all in for a treat.

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