• Curt Arens

    Opportunities Raising Pigs

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on February 25, 2014

    There was a time, not that long ago, when nearly every farm in our neighborhood raised pigs. We all had a few sows and either sold feeder pigs or finished out what we raised. This was only 15 years ago. Times have changed. It’s tough these days to be raising pigs, but the fact is, there are great opportunities down the road. At the Nebraska Pork Producers Association Pork Industry Day in Norfolk last week, every producer I talked with was concerned deeply about PED virus. Mike…

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  • Curt Arens

    Free Range Swine

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on October 21, 2011

    Hogs were a mainstay on farms around our part of the state for decades. When Nebraska Pork Producers Association, which celebrated 50 years of existence recently, was formed, a good share of membership came from northeast Nebraska, I’m sure. Sadly, many family farmers have given up raising hogs, because of volatile prices, extreme regulatory pressure and very small profit margins. We grudgingly gave up raising hogs on our place in 2005, but I could write a book about all of the antics…

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