Pigs squeal! (That’s why you should never tell them a secret).
Now that you’re paying attention – we are so glad you are here.
We want you to get to see what happens in our barns every day. We want you to see our animals, how we care for them, how important they are to our families and friends. We hope you see our passion and dedication. We welcome your honest questions and your respectful disagreement.
Okies know this is a top notch place to put roots down, but do you know it’s a pretty special place to raise pigs too? Oklahoma takes special care of each baby from the time they are born until they are old enough to be away from their mother (also known as weaned from sows). Many farms in Oklahoma specialize in raising pigs to this age and then they send them to another farm where people specialize in caring for them as they get older.
Pigs need more grains to eat as they get bigger, right? So as they grow, the pigs move closer to where the grain is grown and can get every bite they need to grow. So the pigs load up in a truck and move to barns closer to food. As each animal grows, it is given the kind of care necessary to keep it healthy and safe.
Pig farming comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The barns most often don’t look like the classic red barn you see in photos anymore. The modern version of pig barns come equipped with climate control, state of the art waste management systems and are able to provide food and water to each animal as needed.
Modern pig farming looks different but what doesn’t look different than it did 50 years ago? Every advance in farming has been to help keep people and animals safe and healthy. Farmers are always looking for ways to improve and do a better job of raising their animals and taking care of the land.
What questions do you have? What do you want to know about pig farming? Ask away! That’s why we’re here! We’re also on Facebook and Pinterest as the Oklahoma Pork Council, on Twitter as @Okpork, and on Instagram as okpork.
Who are we? The pig farmers of Oklahoma. We are opening the barn doors and bringing the farm to you.