The 2015 South Dakota Master Pork Producer winners were announced at the 47th annual South Dakota Pork Congress banquet held on January 13, 2016 in Sioux Falls, and this year’s winners were the Craig Andersen family from Centerville, S.D, and Justin Rothschadl from Tyndall, S.D.
About the Winner
Craig Andersen has been involved in pork production as long as he can remember. Growing up, he helped his dad Vernon on their farrow-to-finish, and after graduating from SDSU, Craig returned to the family farm and raised pigs, cattle, and crops.
Craig’s pork operation consists of two double-curtain finishing barns with deep pits for a total of five different rooms. Two of the rooms hold 500 pigs each and the other three rooms hold 450 pigs, for a one-time capacity of 2350 pigs. Besides Craig, his wife Gail and their children Tyler, Jacob, & Emily are all actively involved in the family’s pork operation. They finish pigs for Brentwood Colony by Faulkton, and utilize Standard Nutrition and Parkston Grain & Feed for their nutritional program. At market weight, the pigs are then sold to Smithfield in Sioux Falls.
Due to Craig and his family’s hard work and dedication, the pigs perform very well. Mortality is less than 2.50%, and average daily gain and feed efficiency are 1.91 lbs/day and 2.72 lbs of feed per lb of gain, respectively, all above industry averages. They also add pit additives to reduce odor and to increase the nutrient value of the manure for their crops.
Craig continues his family’s legacy of leadership in the community and pork industry. Craig’s dad Vernon was instrumental in establishing the Lincoln County Pork Producers and his mom Beverly was President of the SD Porkettes. Craig has been active in the SD Pork Producers Council, serves on their Executive Board, and in January was elected as their second Vice President. He has also chosen to go through the national Pork Leadership Institute. Craig and Gail’s daughter Emily was chosen to be the 2016 SD Pork Producers Youth Ambassador. Craig is also on the Lincoln Co Planning & Zoning Board, the Centerville School Advisory Board, serves as a Deacon at Komstad Covenant Church, and is a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Due to their high standards of performance, their commitment to humanely raise pork in an environmentally sustainable manner, and leadership activities in the SD Pork industry, the Craig Andersen family was selected as one of the two 2015 SD Master Pork Producers.