Spotlight on Pure County Pork and their Healthy Hog Housing
More and more people are realizing the significance of knowing where their food comes from and how it is produced. So, raising livestock that will eventually be sold as food has to be done in a way that makes the consumer feel comfortable feeding it to their families. This means that it is crucial to care for the animals in the healthiest, most humane way possible from day one until they are sent off to their final stop. Paul Klingeman, owner of Pure County Pork, realized that he needed to find a cost-effective, clean way to house his pigs in order to keep his customers, as well as the animals, happy. He found exactly what he was looking for in fabric structures.
When Pure Country Pork, a continuous, farrow-to-finish, year-round pork production company, started producing high-quality, free-range pork, they wanted animal housing structures that would help fulfill their commitment to raise pigs in a healthy, all natural environment. They purchased thirty ClearSpan™ pony wall structures.” These hoop structures allow pigs to move about freely, protected from weather extremes,” explains owner Paul Klingeman.
Prior to purchasing the fabric structures, the Klingeman’s used high-density commercial hog confinement housing on slats, gestation stalls, farrowing crates, nursery pens, grower and finishing rooms with concrete, and slated floors with manure pits. “The biggest challenges we face are pig health issues and employee health issues. The hoop structures help us resolve both,” says Mr. Klingeman.
He continues, “Our pigs’ performance is excellent, even in extreme weather temperatures. The pigs are healthier in this type of structure. There are no odors; the waste is naturally composted and adds organic matter to the fields. It is very good for the environment. It is also much easier to keep the animals healthy here. I believe there is less stress on them — they are more animal friendly and seem happier, playful, and at ease, as opposed to confinement, where the animals are compacted together and bored.”
“I chose fabric structures because I felt that they were well built and easy to construct. They are also environmentally friendly. I had seen some fabric buildings that were fairly old (10-15 years), and I was impressed at how well they have held up over the years. We had 130 mph winds that blew down power lines, irrigation circles, and trailer houses. All of our hoop structures stood through it and are in really good shape. These structures also shed the snow very well.”
For those considering making a similar purchase, Mr. Klingeman suggests, “it is not a huge capital investment — you can build one at a time versus a confinement building where you have to build several buildings all at once. I highly recommend fabric structures. It is a good product that can be constructed easily with great results.”
What steps have you taken to raise your livestock humanely? Do you have any tips to help keep your operation sanitary?