(CLIVE, Iowa) - A Mitchell County farm couple with 40 years of agricultural experience has been named 2016 Master Pork Producers by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Peter and Cheryl Thome of St. Ansgar were introduced 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. A brief multi-media presentation of the Thome pork operation also was shown.
The Thomes have been contract producers for the Smithfield Hog Production Division for the past 19 years. They own and manage a feeder-to-finish facility that markets more than 8,500 pigs annually and take great pride in their barn site's appearance.
Peter and Cheryl's excellent management practices have allowed their facility to be utilized for the research and development of herd health studies by Smithfield's veterinary staff. They rank in the top third of Smithfield's Midwest Division of contract growers with regards to management, environmental sustainability and overall animal care.
In addition to their contract finishing business, the Thomes raise 1,600 acres of corn and soybeans.
The couple has taken active leadership roles in their community over the years. They belong to the Mitchell County Pork Producers and are active church members. Peter has served as a Knights of Columbus officer and is past president of the local school board.
The Thomes have five children and five grandchildren and all remain very close to the farming operation. Peter and Cheryl enjoy having their grandchildren participate in spring planting, fall harvest and in receiving new piglets in the barn.
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.