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Pork producers resilient


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Kirsten Zoellner

It’s no secret that this summer and fall have been rough ones for our local farmers. The effects of this summer’s drought has led to high feed prices which in turn has led to some livestock producers having to sell and slaughter earlier than normal simply to get those animals off feed. The sudden oversupply in the market has lowered prices and landed many in tight spot. Still, there are some bright spots out there, and as local pork producer Craig Mensink has said, “Pork Producers are a resilient bunch. Most figure out a way to survive the rough times to enjoy the better times.”

Here in Fillmore County, Mensink believes producers are fortunate to have availability to feed, even if it is at a higher price, as some parts of the country struggle over feed shortages. Production operations may shift, but it’s not likely that many with simply throw in the towel. “There has been some consolidation of the pork business in Fillmore County, as some that have previously owned and raised their own pigs are now custom raising for other producers,” notes Mensink. “Some that had been doing that, are now raising their own pigs,” he continues. “To me, this is a sign that farmers around here still enjoy raising and caring for livestock in Fillmore County.”

Along with his wife, Pam, Craig Mensink is the owner and operator of Mensink Pork in Preston, a feeder to finish operation that markets 9,000 hogs annually. They were selected as Minnesota’s Farm Family of Fillmore County last year. Craig is also the current president of Riverdale, a 3,000 sow unit, begun in 1996, and owned by him and nine other, guaranteeing a single source of hogs for their operations. He is also an active advocate for the industry serving on the National Pork Board Finance Committee, Minnesota Pork Board Promotion and Image Committee, and as the director of Fillmore County’s Pork Board. In addition, he serves on the Pork Checkoff Domestic Marketing Committee, Resolutions/Advisements Committee, Retail Advisory Committee, Foodservice Advisory Committee, and Plan of Work Task Force.

Mensink is optimistic about the future of the industry, especially right here in Minnesota and Fillmore County. Annually, it contributes 22,000 jobs and over $8 billion to Minnesota’s thriving economy. He acknowledges that producers recognized the downtrend approaching. To maximize the outcome, the national board budgeted a .....
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Minnesota Legislative Candidate Ag Forum

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Local candidates answered questions from Dave Mensink, Fillmore County Pork Producers, and Jeff Eickhoff, Fillmore County Farm Bureau, at a forum hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance. The candidate ideas were broadcast li ..... 
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Fall pasture management more important this year

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Source: John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Specialist Pastures and Producers experienced stress this year. Get your pastures ready for winter and prepared for next year’s growing season by taking action this fall. Soil Test …Don’t Guess! If you have ..... 
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Preconditioning?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Source: Timothy J. Goldsmith DVM, MPH, DACVPM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine It is the time of the year to start considering the marketing of your calves. I ..... 
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The MN State Fair media trip

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The state fair is known for many things. All the animals, the great food, the fair even has rides for all ages. So with all this stuff going on, who is making sure that every one that isn’t visiting this fair knows what is going on? Well this year ..... 
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Farmers had a field day on September 14

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers A Field Day was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Simon Farms near Harmony, Minn. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with owner Josh Simon on hand sharing his experiences with visitors. The Field Day was sponsored by Crop Production Servic ..... 
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4H at the State Fair

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Austen Whitacre 4-H is a national organization for youth who want to learn leadership and life skills. The youth that participate can choose a lot of different project areas to be a part of. After talking with Travis Troendle at the state fair ..... 
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Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you ..... 
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Is your ATV a farm machine?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For examp ..... 
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