BARRY, Ill. — The Harter Family recently built a new 2,480 head pig barn outside of Barry. Friends, family, and the local community were invited to the barn for an open house and meal to celebrate the addition to their farm. Tours were offered, and a delicious meal prepared by The Maschhoffs was provided.
During the ribbon cutting Doug shared, “We are proud to announce the expansion of our farm. We work together as a family with care and compassion to provide the best quality pork to help feed the world.”
Doug and his wife, Kim, along with Bryce, Cayden, Camden, and Kelsey cut a ribbon to signify the opening of their newest pig barn. The boys are very involved in the farm and enjoy working with their dad. They are the fifth generation to farm and raise pigs. The Harters have been grower partners with The Maschhoffs for seven years.
The open house allowed visitors to get a look inside a modern pig barn before the pigs move in. This allows time for the barn to be washed and sanitized before the pigs arrive in the following weeks. New technology such as automatic fans and ventilation, 24/7 access to feed and water, and a controlled environment make for safe living conditions for pigs. A majority of the materials used in the construction process were sourced from local businesses.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG) hosted the event. ILDG is a coalition of Illinois ag groups committed to expanding and growing the livestock industry. Members include: IL Beef Association, IL Corn Marketing Board, IL Farm Bureau, IL Milk Producers’ Association, IL Pork Producers Association, and IL Soybean Association checkoff program.
Other sponsors of the event were: Farmweld, Frank and West Environmental Engineers, Longhorn Cattle & Swine Confiement, Maximum Ag Technologies, Mid-Valley Radiants & Industrials, Pike County Concrete, Pike County Lumber, Prairieland FS, RMG Electric, The First National Bank of Barry, The Maschhoffs.
— Illinois Pork Producers Association
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