(CLIVE, Iowa) - A pork producer from Washington County has captured a Master Pork Producer Award for 2017 from the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
IPPA presented Danny Gent of Wellman with the coveted brass belt buckle, emblematic of the award, at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night. A brief multi-media presentation of Gent's swine involvement also was shown.
Gent is a partner in his family's diversified crop and livestock operation. Upon graduation from Iowa State in 2008 with a degree in ag studies and agronomy, he returned to the family farm. Danny's return allowed the Gent family to grow their sow herd from 1,100-head to today's size of 5,000 sows and convert the old sow farm to a nursery. They credit nurseries as a great way to manage herd health in a pig-dense area.
The Gents produce 150,000 market pigs annually. The operation consists of a filtered sow farm, a trucking line for hauling pigs and feed, an automated feed mill and a feed mill. Pigs are marketed daily to Tyson. They employ more than 30 people to keep the operation running smoothly. The family also provides local neighbors the opportunity to market their grain at their facility. This not only allows them to manage risk better, but it also give farmers another location to market their grain.
Danny's role in the operation is managing the feed mill. He also helps with daily farm operations and manages all 750 acres of corn and 250 acres of soybeans. Manure from the swine barns is used on family and neighbors' farm ground.
Gent has served on the Washington County Pork Producers Board for 10 years, filling the roles of secretary, vice president and president. He also has served on a Kalona board for several years.
Danny and his wife, Brittany, have a year-old son.
Nominated by their neighbors and peers, Master Pork Producers are recognized for their innovation, attention to quality, efficiency and production records within their farm enterprise. They are considered industry leaders who are committed to producing the highest quality pork products. Their operations are environmentally sound, they care about the livestock, are good neighbors and active in their community.
IPPA and Iowa State University have carefully selected Master Pork Producers every year since 1942.