ASHTON – The Meurer family recently held a ribbon-cutting for its new 2,400-head wean-to-finish pig barn near Ashton.
Members of the Illinois Pork Producers Association attended the open house and the ceremony, with a pork chop lunch provided by Lee County Pork Producers.
Dave Meurer’s son, Levi will return to the farm after college to further his career in the pork industry.
“The future of our industry lays in the hands of future generations of pig farmers. We are proud to see the Meurer family preparing in such a way,” said IPPA Director of Communications Jenny Jackson.
The pigs will have feed and water access at all hours through automatic feed systems in each pen. Ventilation is controlled throughout the barn. Layers of air filters and cool cell pads provide air conditioning during the summer. The barn also will add to the area tax base, and the construction and operation created job opportunities and economic development locally.
The pigs will consume about 45,000 bushels of corn and about 10,000 bushels of soybeans annually.