A Day in the Life of a Pork Farmer

Pork farming: it’s a challenging and rewarding profession. The Baconeers know a lot of great pork farmers, all of whom are incredibly invested in their jobs and welfare of the agriculture industry. It’s an important job for a lot of reasons. But perhaps the most important reason is… pause for effect… without pork farmers, we wouldn’t have bacon. And that’s just unacceptable.

To give our loyal Baconeers an idea of what it means to be a pork farmer (our dream job, to be honest), we asked Erin Brenneman to walk us through her typical day. If that name sounds familiar, you’re probably remembering that the Baconeers helped Erin become a Face of Farming for the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Take a look:

Erin gets an early start every day. Like, early, early. Here she is with some friends and fellow pork farmers posing for a photo.

Erin’s pigs usually get an early breakfast. Here’s Erin making sure everyone gets their fair share. Our favorite part of this picture? All the curly tails.

Here’s Erin being interviewed by This Week in Agribusiness, a weekend show broadcast on DirecTV and Dish Network. No big deal; just a casual TV appearance. Her days consist of more than just tending to her pigs. She’s been called upon for her expertise by some leading agriculture publications.  After this, she has to get back to her farm.

This is Erin with some of her colleagues. There are a lot of rules that govern pork farming to ensure the health of the animals and the safety of pork products. Erin regularly meets with her veterinarian to ensure her pigs are as healthy and as happy as can be. Happy pigs = better bacon.

Look at the size of Erin’s farm. Bacon is made there and shipped all around the world. The more bacon, the better. Also, that’s definitely the best shirt ever created.

It’s time for a little break. One of Erin’s favorite hobbies is riding horses. She’s doing steeplechase, which seems pretty difficult. But in her heart she’s a pork farmer.

Back to the trusty tractor. In addition to taking care of her pigs, Erin also harvests the grain that goes in their food.

It’s time to say goodnight to all her friends. She gives them all one last check-up before retiring to her house.

And, finally, she gets to spend some quality time with her children. It’s been a long day but pork farming is a 24/7 job. And we know she wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Click here to see Erin’s full photo album on Facebook.

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