(CLIVE, Iowa) - A Buchanan County farmer has been recognized as a 2016 Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Sean Baragary received the award at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night. IPPA presented Baragary with the award emblem, the brass Master Pork Producer belt buckle. A brief multi-media presentation of his pork operation also was shown.
Baragary manages a 700-head sow farm and a 2,400 head wean-to-finish site near Winthrop that is part of a group known as G&W Pork. The sow farm annually produces 17,500 weaned pigs and his finishing site produces 4,800 market hogs. Additionally, Sean and a friend farm 100 acres of row crops.
Sean got his start in pork production by helping on his uncle's hog farm when he was a child. He began helping pork producing neighbors when he was in junior high. He attended Kirkwood Community College for swine management and joined G&W Pork in 1998.
An employee at the sow farm handles the farrowing department and Sean manages the breeding aspect. The sow farm has an on-site feed mill that Sean used to manage several years back. Despite several disease challenges over the years, Sean's management of the sow farm has led to impressive production numbers as they are producing nearly 29 pigs/sow/year. Sean credits their success to increased biosecurity measures and intense management of breeding gilts. He works hard to ensure weaned pigs get a good start in his finishing barns by grouping pigs in similar sizes, mat feeding multiple times per day, and filling the barn in the shortest amount of time.
Having spent most of his life in the swine industry, Sean knows that it is important to stay abreast with the latest developments in the industry. He is a past president of the Buchanan County Pork Producers and assisted with community events throughout the year. He is active in the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Farm Bureau, as well as local 4-H and FFA chapters. Baragary is a member of the IPPA Public Policy Committee.
Sean and his wife, Kelsey, were married in 2015 and reside in Winthrop.
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.