SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT, HOGS, & NEIGHBORS

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SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT, HOGS, & NEIGHBORS,

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NEIGHBORS
Was gone from farm for seven years. In the 1930s but neighbors shared work in groups for shelling corn, in case of illness. Winter of 1936 was snowy & neighbors shoveled each other out. Went to town in a convoy.
CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT
After the war, changes occurred. Had a combine, owned sheller or hired professionals. Raised hogs, had a stove there. First instance of hog confinement. A combine did away with a binder, thresher, baler. Less work but more technical. Had to know mechanics.
HOGS
In 1960, started confinement hogs operation. Went to George Brauer, Russ Jaeckel for advice. No books on the subject. Had to develop all elements of environment. In Chicago, met with processors about consumer needs -- larger cuts. Would pay a premium. By 1970, things had developed. A system was developed to join capital and management. Processors saw they could own all levels of the business.