Look into a Day in the Life of an Oklahoma Pig Farmer
One of our main goals at okPORK is to bridge the gap between those of you who consume our product and the farmers that work hard every day to bring pork to your table. So, we've created a series of videos called "Day in the Life" where we show you what Oklahoma pig farmers do each day. We hope you'll take a few moments and watch them to learn about pig farming straight from the mouths of pig farmers. We add new videos each month, so be sure to check back often!
Juan Ovalle, Sr. | Smithfield Foods
Juan Ovalle, Sr, is a pig farmer who works for Smithfield Foods in Laverne, Okla. He's main job responsibility is to train other pig farmers on proper production practices. He also received one of okPORK's first Excellence Awards on June 29, 2018. Watch to learn more about Juan.
Robert Teel | Prestage Farms
Robert Teel is a pig farmer who works for Prestage Farms in Texhoma, Okla. He is their Swine Production Manager and has worked in the industry for many years. Robert also received one of okPORK's first Excellence Awards on June 29, 2018. Watch to learn more about the innovative pork production technology Robert has implemented at Prestage Farms.
Sam Dehaas | The Maschhoffs
Sam DeHaas is a pig farmer who works for The Maschhoffs in Hinton, Okla. He is their production manager and has been a pig farmer since 1996. Sam also received one of okPORK's first Excellence Awards on June 29, 2018. Watch to learn more about Sam's long standing career as a pork production manager.
Libby Buckmaster | Porter 4-H
Libby Buckmaster is a pig farmer from Porter, Okla. She recently wrapped up her swine showing career at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. She recently graduated from Porter High School and will attend John Brown University in the fall to study nursing. Watch to learn more about how showing pigs has impacted Libby and been a bonding experience for her family.
Brett Ramsey | Blue and Gold Sausage
Brett Ramsey is co-owner of Blue and Gold Sausage in Jones, Okla. His family has operated this sausage-making company since the 1960's. Their business provides opportunities to local youth organizations, like the FFA, and school groups to raise funds. Brett serves on the okPORK board of directors, volunteers at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and is very involved in his local community. He may not spend his day with pigs, but his business is very much linked to pork production.
Cathy Vaughan | Smithfield Foods
Cathy Vaughan is a pig farmer who works for Smithfield Foods in Laverne, Okla. Cathy's job revolves around keeping those who work with Smithfield's pigs safe and also communicating on behalf of the company regarding Oklahoma pig production. Watch to learn more about Cahty's job.
Ty Goss | Leedey FFA
Ty Goss is a Junior at Leedey High School. He, along with his family, has been raising and showing pigs for many years. Now that he's in the final years of his pig showing career his focus is on helping other students locate and exhibit great pigs. We caught up with Ty at the Tulsa State Fair in October 2017. Watch to learn more about what a day of showing pigs looks like.
Rebecca Robbins, Seaboard Foods
Rebecca Robbins is a veterinarian for Seaboard Foods in Guymon, Okla. Rebecca spends her days helping pig farmers make the best choices about keeping pigs healthy and treating pigs when they happen to get sick. Rebecca has worked for Seaboard for almost 9 years now and loves working with the pigs and the farmers who are raising them. Watch to learn more about a day in the life of a pig veterinarian.
Halley Hoskins | Youth Leadership Camp 2017
Halley Hoskins is a Junior at Kiefer High School. She was a member of Youth Leadership Camp 2017. YLC allows students to get a farm-to-fork view of pork production in Oklahoma. Join Halley for a Day in the Life of a Youth Leadership Camper.
Joe Popplewell | Seaboard Foods
Joe Popplewell is a pig farmer who works for Seaboard Foods in Hennessey, Okla. His job is to oversee all the sows and pigs Seaboard raises in Oklahoma. Joe's first love was the horse industry, but he's been a pig farmer for more than 25 years now. Learn more about Joe's career with Seaboard and how he spends his day.