IL pork producer holding back on gestation switch

Dave Conrady, TriPork 2While it seems the marketplace is demanding that pork producers get rid of gestation stalls there are those taking a wait and see approach. Dave Conrady and his family run TriPork Incorporated, a 750 farrow to finish sow operation in Elkhart, Illinois.

“We have some that are not but most of them are in gestation stalls and we use the gestation stalls and the farrowing crate as well for you know the baby pigs and the mothers together.

He foresees a time when the stalls and crates could be used along with open pens part of the time, “We’re kind of holding to see what they final say’s going to be. No sense in putting investment in too early.”

With an operation his size, he says, they can’t take the risk of entirely changing the operation, “We’re hoping to stay in business for a long time. But if we put a brand new building up to invest in open pens, who’s to say we’ll be in business 20 years from now. We may not get the full benefit of that investment.”

The Conrady family has been honored as the Illinois Pork Producers Association family of the year at the 2016 Illinois Pork Expo (Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois).

AUDIO: Interview with Dave Conrady


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