I had the opportunity to head to Windom, Minnesota to take a tour of the pig processing plant located there. It was a great chance to take a look behind the scenes of Comfrey Farm Prime Pork and experience such an important process in the pork industry.

A whole new world

This was an entirely new experience for me. I grew up in the suburbs of Iowa and my only exposure to agriculture was playing on my grandparents’ farm. That’s the extent of my knowledge and background.

National Pork Board interns and Iowa Pork Producers Association interns touring Comfrey Farm Prime Pork

As you can imagine, I was a little nervous going into the tour and didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, we maneuvered through the facility with ease and I learned a lot about the process and all that it entails.

When people pick up a piece of pork at the butcher shop or grocery store, many are unaware of the process itself and all who are involved. From farmers, packers, transporters, and many others, they all have a big role in the pork story.

A few takeaways from my experience

  • Technology: the technology implemented in Prime Pork is incredible and best-in-class. It increases productivity, consistency, and reduces human error and staff injuries. These new technologies ensure that Prime Pork’s customers are getting the safest and best quality pork.
  • Respect: I noticed the treatment and respect all staff members have toward these animals. Pigs have a huge purpose and provide us with so much. They are treated with dignity and they are well cared for.
  • Passion: My favorite takeaway of the whole experience was the passion that was present. Not only in the packing plant, but in the industry as a whole. The countless people involved in the pork industry are hard workers, motivated by their passion, and show a willingness to serve and feed consumers.

If you told me three years ago I would be involved in the pork industry, I wouldn’t have believed you. I’m becoming an advocate for pork, and have learned to love this industry and all that comes with it. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Prime Pork, and I’m thankful I was able to experience a process many people don’t fully understand.

Claire Netten

Claire Netten

Digital Communications & Strategy Intern