While Brad and Peggy Greenway freely share information about their wean-to-finish pork operation with anyone who asks, not everyone can come to their South Dakota farm for a first-hand look. That's why the couple is bringing their farm to consumers through eight new YouTube videos from the Pork Checkoff.
"As I've given speeches for the Pork Checkoff's Operation Main Street program, I've realized how little people understand about modern agriculture," said Brad, a third-generation farmer from Mitchell, S.D., who serves on the National Pork Board.
In 2011, the Greenways participated in video shoots to show the complete cycle of pork production on their farm. The videos, found at youtube.com/porkcheckoff, include:
• Three Generations of Farmers – The Greenways share their passion for farming and explain why it's important for them to carry on the family tradition.
• Protecting the Well-Being of Pigs – The Greenways explain how their barns shelter the pigs from inclement weather and provide animals plenty of room to move around so they can socialize with each other.
Todd Wiley, a third generation Iowa pork producer, also has opened up his pork operation to consumers. The Checkoff recently debuted a series of videos taken at his farm, including:
• Castration and Tail Docking of Piglets – Todd and his employees demonstrate and explain the process of castration and tail docking of piglets while showing proper handling techniques of the piglets and how the piglets react to these procedures.
• Mother Pigs Giving Birth – Providing great care to mother pigs as they give birth to piglets is a top priority for Todd and his employees. Todd explains how stalls protect the sow and piglets.
For more information, contact Cindy Cunningham at CCunningham@pork.org or at (515) 223-2643.