— Friday, Oct. 9 began with three busloads of FFA students -- 140 in total -- pulling up to the Busch Finisher Barn at Reicks View Farm. By the end of the day, more than 500 people had toured the new state-of-the-art facility south of Cresco.
"It was so great to see so many people from the area coming to learn about how we raise hogs today," said owner Dale Reicks. "Having this small window of time before the pigs arrived was a great opportunity for everyone to see what a barn is really like. It was especially great to see the FFA students here, learning about the sustainability of modern hog farming. We were able to show them how the crops we grow go into the feed for the hogs and the manure from the hogs goes back in the ground to feed the next year's crop."
Reicks View Farms employees conducted group tours through the day and answered questions about how the barn will support up to 7,499 hogs as they grow to market weight.
"The questions were non-stop," said Mark Hover, the farm's production manager. "I think most people went away with a better understanding of the care and expertise that goes into raising pigs. And it was very rewarding for our staff to see the interest from the community. To maintain the strict biosecurity the pigs need, we can't often show all the technology we use on the farm today and the passion our employees have for the important work they do on the farm every day."
The open house also showcased the many jobs available locally in the ag industry.
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