(CLIVE, Iowa) - The Iowa Pork Producers Association is pleased to announce that a Taylor County couple has been selected as 2016 Master Pork Producers.
Seth and Jennifer Evans received the award at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night. IPPA presented the couple with the award emblem, the brass Master Pork Producer belt buckle and a certificate of achievement. A brief multi-media presentation of the Evans pork operation also was shown.
The Lenox farmers have a 600-head sow farm and independent farrow-to-finish swine business. They currently market 13,000 pigs per year through finishing barns they own and manage themselves. Additionally, they maintain a 60-head cow/calf herd with purebred Angus and Angus-Simmental crosses.
Seth grew up in the swine industry, helping with his father's 300-head sow farm. After Seth returned home from Northwest Missouri State, where he played baseball and studied animal science, the family built the current sow farm. His father, sister, brother-in-law, wife and children are actively involved in the operation today.
The Evans are very conscious of biosecurity measures and protocols. Their closed-herd of 30 years has managed to stay PRRS naïve during this time. With health and biosecurity carrying a lot of emphasis, the operation utilizes very few antibiotics delivered via feed. This speaks to their herdsmanship and exceptional management skills.
Joe and Jennifer are rightfully proud of their farm's ability to utilize all the grain raised on their 1,200 acres of land as it is the perfect amount of land to utilize the manure nutrients from the pigs. They own and operate their own feed mill, and employ several soil conservation measures such as strip tillage and cover crops on all their acres.
The couple is very active in their community. Both coach their children's sports teams at Lenox Community School. Seth is a past Extension Council member for Taylor County, and currently serves as a township trustee. They are members of the Taylor County Pork Producers and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Joe and Jennifer have two children.
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.