THORP, Wis. — New Fashion Pork will open a new 1,400-sow operation will open here before the end of the year.
New Fashion Pork has named its new facility “Old Fashion Pork.” The barn is designed to look like an “old fashioned” red wooden barn, a common sight in rural Wisconsin. The style fits the nearby landscape of Clark County, which is home to more dairy cows than any other Wisconsin county and ranks in the top 20 dairy counties in the nation, according to USDA data.
New Fashion has started moving gilts into the $4.65 million facility. The barn is expected to be fully populated by the end of the year. At full capacity, sows at Old Fashion Pork will produce 600 or more pigs per week. During gestation, the sows will live in static groups of 250 in large pens.
The farm selected the Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding (ESF) system for the facility.
“U.S. pork producers of all sizes are seeing the potential benefits of housing sows in groups, including reduced stress and improved mobility,” said Brad Carson, sales manager for Nedap U.S. “Our feeding system allows producers to maximize their return on investment by feeding sows individually within the group. We are pleased the team at New Fashion Pork chose Nedap ESF to help meet their goal of tapping niche markets.”
Each pen will have five Nedap ESF feeders.
“Calm sows are productive sows. We have designed our feeders to prevent sows from re-entering immediately after eating, which is one method of managing sow aggression in groups,” Carson said.
New Fashion chose to build near Thorp because of the low pork production pressure in the area, Johnson said. The facility is a partnership between New Fashion Pork of Jackson, Minn., and the Hanor Family of Companies of Spring Green. Old Fashion Pork will have five full-time employees and will source 344,000 bushels of locally grown corn annually.