Feature Presentation: 2014 Environmental Stewards - Wessling Ag - Grand Junction, Iowa
Careers in Pork Production
Pork industry careers are exciting, dynamic and in abundance! Hear from industry professionals about their careers in pork production and why this industry provides so many opportunities for those searching to find their dream job.
National Pork Board 25th Anniversary
The National Pork Board is celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2010. Watch this video to learn how the Checkoff started and where it is going in the future.
We Care Responsible Pork Production Video Winner
From talking the talk to walking the walk, Jo and Aaron Windmann, pork producers from Rush Hill, Mo., demonstrated how they live out the ethical principles daily on the family farm in her winning entry for the Checkoff’s We Care Responsible Pork Production video contest.
Ethics of pork production
Family farmer Dereke Dunkirk is committed to producing safe food for you. He explains why he follows the ethical principles for pork producers that are part of the We Care initiative.
The Stink Called Manure
Dereke Dunkirk, an Illinois family farmer, invites you to see how he protects the environment while going green and recycling the manure on his farm.
Taking a stand on modern pork production
Pork producers follow a set of ethical principles outlined in the We Care initiative. Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms explains how her family lives by these ethical principles every day.
Sows Living The Alternative Lifestyle
Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms in Michigan invites you to look inside a barn with pen gestation. She explains why her farm transitioned from stall housing to pens.
Sows in gestation crates
Erin Ehinger from Dykhuis farms in Michigan explains why individual sow housing allows her to provide the best possible care to the sows.
Ethical Treatment of Pigs
Animal well-being is a top priority for pork producers. This video addresses consumer questions on how pigs are treated and raised. Pork producers are working to provide a safe, wholesome pork product to consumers.
How are Pigs Raised
Do you have questions about how pigs are raised? What this video to get the answers.
The Amazing Pig
Watch this video to learn about everything you ever wanted to know about pigs.
Pigs are Hungry Too
Modern pork producers use a variety of feed ingredients in proper proportions to produce balanced diets for pigs at each stage of their lives.
Pigs Go Green
Do you wonder what pork producers are doing to take care of the environment? Hear real consumers ask their questions and get answers from pork producers.
Food Comes From Farms - High-Tech Pig Food
Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to receive a first-hand view of a feed mill. Farmers provide a healthy diet to their pigs to produce a nutritious, high-quality product for consumers.
Food Comes From Farms - Boars or Monster Pigs?
Watch this episode of Food Comes from Farms to receive a first-hand look of how family farmers provide humane housing and care for male pigs called boars. Also see the steps family farmers take to ensure their safety and the boars safety when collecting semen.
What's in your food?
Lisa Tapper, a family and consumer sciences teacher and pork farmer from Iowa, explains what’s not in your pork while demonstrating how to prepare three quick and delicious pork dishes.
Castration and Tail Docking of Piglets
Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, demonstrates and explains the process of castration and tail docking of piglets. Watch this video to learn how Todd and his employees handle each piglet with care and to see how the piglets react to these procedures.
A Family Affair
Meet Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer from Iowa, and his family. Listen to him and his family explain what they like best about growing up and working on the farm. Each one provides a unique perspective on what farming means to them.
Creating the Perfect Pig
Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, and his employees walk you through the process of breeding sows on his farm.
Getting Rid of the Stink
Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, explains how he recyles the manure produced by the pigs on his farm to grow the crops that in turn becomes the feed that the pigs eat.
Growing Ingredients for Pig Feed
Todd Wiley and his father Ross show and explain how the corn they raise in their fields is turned into feed for the pigs on Todd's farm.
Modern Animal Care
Watch as third generation pork producer, Todd Wiley, walks you through how he uses modern technology to keep his pigs safe and healthy.
Mother Pigs Giving Birth
Todd Wiley, a third generation pork producer, and his employees provide great care to mother pigs as they give birth to their piglets. Watch this video to learn more.
Removing Piglets from Their Mothers
Third generation pork producer Todd Wiley explains what happens during the weaning process or the process when piglets are taken away from their mothers to another barn to recieve individual care and attention.
Giving Back to the Community
South Dakota family farmers Brad and Peggy Greenway believe in giving back to the community. Watch this video to learn how the Greenways are living out the pork industry's ethical principles of contributing to a better quality of life in their community.
Keeping Pigs Happy and Healthy
There have been several changes in the pork industry over the past decades. Family farmer Brad Greenway opens his doors to show you why he has made changes to protect the health of his pigs and ultimately to produce a safer pork product for you.
This little piggy went to market.
Watch this video to learn how Peggy Greenway handles each animal with care as she loads the pigs onto the trailer headed to market.
A New Home for Piglets
Brad Greenway owns a wean-to-finish operation. In this video Brad is recieving his weaned pigs. Watch as he unloads them from the trailer and prepares the barn with the proper feed, water and heat needed to keep the pigs happy and health as they grow.
The Orginal Recyclers of the Land
Brad Greenway, third generation farmer, explains how he uses the manure that his pigs produce to grow the crops on his fields that in turn end up feeding his pigs. Watch this video to see how beneficial the cycle is.
Preparing Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for Pigs
Pigs, just like humans, like to eat. Just like humans it is important for pigs to get a healthy, well-balanced meal. Brad Greenway, a third generation farmer, explains what is in the feed that his pigs eat and how it gets to the pigs.
Three Generations of Farmers
Meet third generation farmer Brad Greenway to learn about his passion for farming and why it is important for him to carry on the family tradition. He also explains how farming has changed over the years, including his specialization in pork production.
Protecting the Animal Well-Being of Pigs
Third generation farmer Brad Greenway provides the best possible care for his animals. Watch this video to learn what he does on a daily basis to make sure his pigs are happy and healthy.
What You Need to Know about Influenza
Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board’s director of producer and public health, offers tips to protect people and pigs as influenza season gets underway. She also explains virus strains and how they get their names.
A Good End for Pigs
When pork producers decide to euthanize a pig it is not entered into lightly. The pork industry condemns willful abuse of any animal. Pork producers are committed to care for animals in a way that protects their well-being.
Bruce and Jenny Wessling, along with their two daughters, raise about 18,000 feeder-to-finish pigs annually on their farm set amid 4,600 acres of corn and soybeans near Grand Junction, Iowa. Three naturally ventilated pig barns feature deep-pit manure storage and are surrounded by a natural vegetative buffer of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs.