Doing what’s best for pigs and people is important to Jeff and Alan Wuebker. The two brothers raise nearly 43,000 pigs per year on their farm in Ohio, where they also grow more than 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
The Wuebkers always make sure that their pigs have plenty of water to drink and they also look for ways to use less water on the farm whenever possible. They’ve also designed their barns to allow plenty of sunshine inside, which is great for the farm employees and the pigs. In addition, the brothers work hard to keep things very clean in the barns. This is important to help control odors and to keep the air quality good for the animals and the people.
Not too long ago, the Wuebkers built a special facility just to wash their trucks they use to haul the pigs from one farm to another. “We’re serious about what we do and are willing to go the extra step to keep our animals healthy,” says Jeff, who bought his first pigs when he was in eighth grade.
All the manure from the farm is applied under the soil in nearby fields to help give crops such as corn the food it needs to grow strong. The Wuebkers also make sure they are careful when they farm their fields to protect the nearby Stillwater River.
The Wuebkers’ love of farming drives them to connect with their neighbors and community. They host farm tours, speak at local meetings and attend important farm meetings at the state level. “We want people to know that we’re doing the right thing,” Jeff says.