As an animal caretaker, you may not always appreciate the important role you play in the pork industry. Not only the work you do in the barn with the animals, but perhaps just as important is the interaction that you have with others outside of pork production.
If we turn back the clock 50 or 60 years, most people then either grew up on a farm or had a close relative that did. Today, a nostalgic, “Norman Rockwell” view of pork production is often touted as the “right” way to raise pigs compared to our modern production practices, because it is what’s imprinted in the public’s mind. Or at least that’s the romantic notion they want to embrace.
Tell your friends and neighbors how pork is an outstanding value, providing an economical and tasty source of nutrients. Convey to others that pork production provides an important economic base for rural communities, supporting not only those working in the barns but also many other area businesses such as grain farmers, feed mills, equipment and building manufacturers, grocers, the schools and others.