Harvest Heritage: George Bruns

The Morning Show

He is a great catalyst who has helped the livestock industry his entire life. WCIA 3’s ag reporter Stu Ellis has our harvest heritage report on someone who has created a wealth of synergy within the Illinois pork industry.

Stu Ellis
During the Great Depression hogs were known on the farm as mortgage lifters and that’s when the family of George Bruns began raising hogs…

George Bruns
My Dad raised purebred spotted hogs. His first champion was in 1938 at the Illinois State Fair. So we go back at least that far and he was probably raising pigs 5 years before that so, back to the ‘30’s.

Stu Ellis
And when George was old enough to work hogs, it was already in his blood….

George Bruns
You know I got started in them, and I loved them, and once you get started its like any, it wasn’t really a hobby, it was a business, but it was fun for me. I don’t know why but it just was fun. And I enjoyed it.

Stu Ellis
And from that early age, George Bruns has cut a wide swath across the Illinois pork industry,

George Bruns
An export company Ag World asked me to come help them take people around to buy pigs. I assumed they had been to our farm and bought pigs, and I assumed that part of the reason was they knew I knew pigs and I knew a lot of people in the industry and we’ve been together ever since. I was very busy in 2012 and 13. Our company sent over 6,000 head of hogs to China in those 2 years. I’ve done that, I was on the pork producer board for 15 years.

Stu Ellis
Edgar County pork producer Greg Norman says Bruns is one of those whose has made a difference

Greg Norman
He’s touched many lives there in the export business and Illinois pork and he’s been around it all his life. And that’s where he’s at. But when you export you usually get a premium on those kind of hogs, you know and that’s where he comes in, I think, as a player there, helping the Illinois pork producer.

George Bruns
I just try to help people make better livestock

Stu Ellis
That’s our Harvest Heritage report on George Bruns. I’m stu Ellis with WCIA3 your local news leader.

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