SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, LIVESTOCK FEED, & FARM ORGANIZATIONS

Russ Jeckel>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-J, Segment 16

SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, LIVESTOCK FEED, & FARM ORGANIZATIONS,

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FARM BUSINESS
Russ's parents lived through the Depression, and saw many people loose everything. They were against borrowing money. They had to find a way to generate some money, and decided to get into breeding, raising, and selling pigs.
FARM FACILITIES
The sows had to be separated by electric fences in the AA houses. They also have an up to date confined nursery.
LIVESTOCK FEED
They used to create their own supplements. Dr. Gene Becker was doing research on better supplements. In Germany, they were mixing citric acid with bean meal. At a seminar in KY people were expressing distress that Illinois farmers were using this new method and upsetting the status quo.
FARM ORGANIZATIONS
The Illinois Pork Council was organized in the early 1960s. They went to Russell and Carlyle and the U of I and told them they wanted to create a self help group for pork producers. They were a very successful group.