Harvest Heritage: Borgic Pork Farm

The Morning Show

The name Borgic (Bohr-jik) is synonymous with leadership in the Illinois pork industry. And as we wrap up our observance of October as pork month, Stu Ellis turns our Harvest Heritage focus toward the Borgic pork farm.

Stu Ellis

Following the footsteps of his father Erval, Phil Borgic has lead the Illinois Pork industry from the family operation near Nokomis.

Phil Borgic

Dad grew up the last few years of high school in Montgomery County, but he moved onto this farm in 1955 the year before I was born. Mom and Dad always had hogs once Dad got out of the Marines. I learned so much from Dad working side by side with him all those years. Probably the biggest things is put one foot in front of the other and stay after it every day. Work hard. Work smart. And use resources you have to the best of your abilities.

Stu Ellis

That heritage helped when tragedy struck last spring.

Phil Borgic

On May 25th we woke up from a knock on the door, bang on the door, with the farm was on fire that morning, so at the end of that day we had lost over half the farm.

Stu Ellis

Friends quickly turned out with livestock trucks to move hogs to other locations.

Phil Borgic

We had girls that needed to farrow and the quicker we did that the better off they were. And we started the clean up process right away and five months later we have a new farrowing house, new gestation barns that are getting close to being used.

Stu Ellis

And Phil has shared his experience with many others, including Pat Bane of Arrowsmith, the pork industry’s pig farmer of the year.

Pat Bane

Fire, you know, is any livestock producer’s worst nightmare, but I think they are going to come through better than ever. I had a great conversation with Phil about what maybe caused that and some ideas that will help me add some protection to our farm, and its good to share thoughts on the industry.

Stu Ellis

That’s our harvest heritage report, I’m Stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.

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