Charles Hartke>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-J, Segment 10
- Returned to farming after war. Modernized with machinery. Raised two adopted children. Chose hogs to raise because cows too much work & knew hogs. Raised feeders for seven years. Put up a finishing unit, included a slab over a pit for confinement in 16 x 32 foot shelter. One of the first slatted-pits. Six month cycle. Expanded to 300 sows or 5,000 pigs finished. Grew all the feed. In 1976 put in elevator, stationary mix mill. Automated to the trough. Lost a finger in the auger; describes how. Used to be that everyone expected hog farms to smell in the spring. Used liquefied manure. All farms had livestock and smell. Manufacturers smell, too. Discusses the issue.