A South Dakota pig farmer is the new title holder for America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, edging 3 other finalists including Maria Mauer of Greensburg, Indiana. Brad Greenway succeeds Indiana’s Keith Schoettmer, who won last year in the first year of the program. The Pork Checkoff award recognizes a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and connects with consumers about pork production. Greenway hopes to share his story of what he does on the farm with consumers.
“When I filled out the application and decided to do this, I went through the process and really enjoyed that. The other three finalists, we got to be good friends and I was honored to even get that far. To be named the winner I truly am honored and I want to try to do my best to represent all pig farmers on what we do every day, and I hope I can answer questions and have a conversation with consumers on their interests.”
Greenway says his family has been very supportive to him and also does a great job of advocating for the pork industry.
Finalist Mauer from Decatur County credited the inaugural program and Schoettmer himself for reaching over 31 million consumers with a positive message last year. She has appreciated the chance to share how she promotes animal well-being.
“If we can’t treat animals right we can hardly expect to treat each other right, and it’s all got to start somewhere. On our farm we take exceptionally good care of our animals, especially our sows. We like our sows to stay in the herd a long time so it’s very important that we give her the very best care so that she can last several years. We do everything we possibly can to give her everything she needs to be comfortable and healthy, and have a nice long life.”
Greenway was chosen as the Pig Farmer of the Year after achieving the highest score from a third-party judging panel and online voting. An audit of on-farm practices and a series of written and oral interviews was also part of the process.
To learn more about Greenway’s farm and the America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award, visit www.americaspigfarmer.com.
Producers can contact the Pork Checkoff Service Center at www.Pork.org or call 800-456-PORK.