Lindsay Mitchell

Jun 05, 2017  |  Today's News |  Livestock |  Public Outreach

The IL Livestock Development Group (ILDG) and the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) are coordinating an Open House for a new 2,400 head wean-to-market hog barn for Andy Gathman east of Havana, Illinois in Mason County on Thursday, June th.


The Open House and Ribbon Cutting will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 pm located at 16143 County Road 2500 E., Easton, IL. The Ribbon Cutting will be held at 5:30 pm. Attendees can tour the 2,400 head wean-to-market barn and enjoy a free pork chop sandwich, chips, and a drink.


Directions to the farm are as follows: From Havana – Go east on U.S. Highway 136 for approximately 9 miles, turn right (south) on County Road 2500 E. and go ¾ mile to farm. Watch for signs.


Neighbors, community members, fellow pork producers, and anyone with an interest in learning more about modern swine production is invited to attend. Attendees can see the latest products and technologies for swine care and environmental stewardship. The event is free and open to the public.


Grain farmers are encouraged to attend the event to learn about the possible benefits of contract pork production including:

  1. Diversifying farm income during low commodity prices
  2. Helping bring back a son or daughter to the farm
  3. Utilizing manure as a fertilizer source to lower crop input costs

Pork industry representatives will be available to answer questions. 


ILDG is a coalition of Illinois ag groups committed to expanding and growing the livestock industry. ILDG members include: IL Beef Association, IL Corn Marketing Board, IL Farm Bureau, IL Milk Producers’ Association, IL Pork Producers Association, and IL Soybean Association checkoff program. Part of the on-going efforts of ILDG is to help tell the positive story of livestock in Illinois. One way to accomplish this is helping plan and coordinate Open Houses for new livestock farms.


Sponsors of the event are: ILDG, Longhorn Cattle & Swine Confinement, The Maschhoffs, IL Pork Producers Association & Pork Checkoff, Maximum Ag Technologies, Farmweld, Bank of Springfield, Canton Ready-Mix (Havana and Canton Plants), and Mason County Farm Bureau.


For more information about the event contact Andy Gathman at (309) 696-9733.