Harvest Heritage: 2018 Pig Farmer of the Year

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The community of Arrowsmith, in southeastern McLean County is not very big, but it is the home of someone the US pork industry has put at its pinnacle. We want you to meet him in our Harvest Heritage report with Stu Ellis.


Patrick Bane
So I am the 2018  America’s pig farmer of the year, it is an award given out by the National Pork Board. I am the 4th recipient.
Stu Ellis
That is Patrick Bane, soft-spoken, unassuming, and someone that every industry would like to have as its frontispiece, says Illinois pork leader Phil Borgic of Nokomis
Phil Borgic
Pat will do a great job communicating, not only with media, but with consumers and other parts of the world about what pig farming is and means.
Stu Ellis
And that story starts here..
Pat Bane
So this is what we call Bane Family pork farm.  It is a family operation.  It was started in the mid-90s.  My brothers and I started it.  It was 12 hundred sows when we started it, about 10 years after we started it, we doubled it. So currently we are a three thousand sow breed to wean
Stu Ellis
But He grew up raising hogs under different conditions
Pat Bane
And I would have to say I think the animals are actually treated better today, not that we did anything unusual growing up. You know the animals are outside in the wintertime.  You could bed them, but you get a blizzard, snow blows in every crick and cranny.  When its hot, pigs don’t have a natural cooling mechanism, and the facility we have here today, we have evaporative coolers to keep the animals cool and comfortable, so those are big things when you talk about animal comfort particularly for swine.  
Stu Ellis
Getting feed and getting rid of manure is a cooperative venture with neighbors…
Pat Bane
Most importantly, that goes back into the crop that the animals are eating so it is a recycling if you will.  It’s a good story to tell there.
Stu Ellis
That’s our Harvest Heritage report.  I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.

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