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C2 • Pork Month • Thursday, October 21, 2010

A local man is standing up for the pork industry

Jay Moore brings anniversary, has this year I learned how to drive,”
taken his expertise in envi- he said.
expertise to state, ronmental policies, nutrient It was also the place he
management, permitting learned work ethic.
national leaders issues and public relations It was well-known that
beyond the county borders, “if you’ve got a crummy
by RYAN BRINKS outside state boundaries, job, get the Moore boys,”
News Editor past the limits of his com- he said.
pany’s six-state reach and From that upbringing,
It was the people of Jack- all the way to the doorsteps he continued to enjoy ag-
son County who attracted of the nation’s Capitol — as riculture throughout high
Texas native Jay Moore to a Minnesota Pork Produc- school and college, even
relocate here, and now it ers Association Executive as he played football at the
is the people of Jackson Board member and, since University of Oklahoma
County he is working hard August, an appointee to the and earned his master’s
for — and not only those Environmental Policy Com- degree in environmental
connected with New Fash- mittee of the National Pork health science.
ion Pork or the Jackson Producers Council. “I’ve always been con-
County Central Huskies It all started on a 30-acre nected with agriculture in Photo by Ryan Brinks
football team, but the en- farm with a pond in Austin, some way,” he said. Jay Moore was brought to New Fashion Pork for his expertise in environmental is-
tire swine industry and ag- Texas, where Moore was He went on to also train sues, and now state and national leaders are drawing on him to help the industry as
ricultural populace of the one of five boys and two race horses on a large cattle a whole.
southwest corner, of all of girls brought up raising hogs ranch in Colorado, where programs and to research and we connected — his ers to make the entire sys-
Minnesota and even na- for 4-H and FFA. he met his wife, to work in air quality. vision and his confidence tem more efficient,” he said.
tionwide. “When I smell the smell public health, to become a “My environmental back- and integrity just sold me. “If we’re not at the top of
Moore, who moved to the of hogs, it’s a good smell university professor for one ground brought me into this I’ve never worked for an the list, we’re certainly one
county in 2003, just before to me. It’s where I swam of the nation’s earliest en- industry, and it’s a great fit individual that I was more of the most efficient compa-
New Fashion Pork’s 10 th in the summer and where vironmental health science for me,” he said. proud of being associated nies as far as raising quality
Then a long-distance con- with.” pork at a low cost, which
nection with New Fash- Moore’s role at New passes on to the consumer.
ion Pork’s Brad Freking Fashion Pork has shifted in Pork is one great protein at
brought him up north. recent years from a concen- an affordable price. I feel
“When I connected with tration on construction to a it’s certainly an honorable
Brad, I was working with push toward politics. profession to grow food for
Seward and was very happy. “We’re not really expand- the world.”
I was not planning to go ing, we’re just improving the And he’d like to keep it
anywhere,” Moore said, facilities we have now and that way, but there are po-
“but he definitely has vision working with contract grow- litical obstacles that stand
We salute our area in the way.
u s for
c t pork producers and thank COLLEEN ANDERSON
“I struggle with the activ-
Co n t a
ism and the stories you hear
e n t f e all of our employees for and the half-truths that are
nut r i
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believe them,” he said. “The
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Thursday, October 21, 2010 • Pork Month • C3
Moore: Standing up for pork
Continued from C2 Bergen Meats: 32 years in business
that legislators are well-
informed,” he said. “The
Minnesota Pork Producers
livestock production left us,
what a sad day that would
be for us.”
and 18 awards for pork processing
Association and Pork Board From education to hands- by MIKE JORDAN different kinds of snack that was it,” Paulette said. is inspected. Hogs come in
do a great job in that area, on involvement, local farm- Staff Writer sticks and seasoned sau- “Now we do all our own here from all around the
and I’m proud to be part of ers and local companies sages too,” Paulette Scott smoking and curing. We area. The hogs are locally
that. I’d like to see, here in have a lot to offer. Back in 1979, Jay and said. “We have a variety of also do venison sausage. raised on farms from Brew-
Jackson, local producers be- “Even though we’ve Paulette Scott purchased pork chops, pork ribs, pol- We learned how to do that, ster to Fairmont, from Lake
come more involved.” grown to be a large com- Bergen Meats really not ish sausage and smoke and but it has all been a learning Park to Spirit Lake, Iowa,
With the help of Meg pany, it still has that close knowing that much about cure our own hams. We also process for us.” to up north of Windom,
Freking and Larry Liepold, family connection,” Moore the business. But in the make our own ground pork In addition to Jay and although we don’t have as
Moore said local efforts are said of the relationships at nearly 32 years they have and pork patties, as well as Paulette, their son, Bo, also many customers for our
growing. New Fashion Pork. “Farm- owned and operated it, offering pork shoulders, works with them full time at processing as in the past,
“I give Larry a majority of ers are the best. I consider they have not only taught pork loins, ham loaves, Bergen Meats. Two long- due to some of the guys
the credit for resurrecting farmers environmentalists. themselves the trade, but our cured bacon and spare time part-time employees quitting hogs — mostly
the Jackson County Pork They know they have to have garnered nearly 20 ribs.” include Darcy Gaffke and smaller farm operations
Producers that have been take care of the land, and awards for their work The Scotts have won nu- Jerry Nelson. — so we have to tell our cus-
nonexistent lately.” they can and do a great job and a reputation that still merous awards for their “We sell a lot of bacon tomers who to go to if they
As in everything, he add- of it.” makes them the place smoked hams, both in Min- and hams,” Jay added. “All want to buy a hog or beef.
ed, communication is the Wherever they live. people go for outstanding nesota and nationally. The the meat we custom process See BERGEN MEATS on C4
key to solving problems that “The last place I thought custom meat products. Minnesota Association of

work for people. I’d end up was Minnesota, “I had worked for Mar- Meat Processors, a tri-state
“Whether it’s a school but it’s been a great move meat trade organization,

shall Meat Products and
board or the National Pork for my family. We really boned beef there before has named their hams grand
Producers Council, you enjoy it here,” Moore said. we bought this business,” champion on four different
have to talk to people so “There’s a lot of similarities said Jay Scott. “Paulette occasions and reserve grand
they know your concerns in mindset between Min- and I started out here just champion eight times. They INC.
and listen to their con- nesotans and Texans — an processing beef and hogs. also won grand champion Equipment Repair and Rental
cerns,” Moore said. “… It’s independent, self-reliant We taught ourselves the awards for their dried beef, • Bobcat skid loaders • Electric breaker
important to be involved. attitude. It’s easy to work business and eventually beef jerky and summer sau- and attachments • Dump truck – 6 yards
When you stop and think with — and sometimes very started making and sell- sage from the MAMP. • Brush cutter • Trailers, open and enclosed
how agriculture is inter- difficult. But I don’t plan on ing our own sausages.” On the national level, the • Cement and brick saws • Towable boom lifts
twined in all our lives — if leaving any time soon.” Now they make a va- American Association of • Lull telescoping forklift • Log splitter
riety of meat products, Meat Processors has award- • Floor sanders • Tables and chairs
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C4 • Pork Month • Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bergen Meats: More than 30 years in the business, nearly 20 awards for premier pork processing
Continued from C3
We are processing.” and ribs, their own dried gotten to know the people
Some customer favor- beef, smoked turkeys, their and they have been good to
ites — items they sell a bit beef snack sticks and the us,” Jay added. “I still think
more than others — in- cheeses they sell, as well as the best part of this business
clude hams, bacon, their their aged Angus beef. is being our own boss. You
sausages, pork chops, loins “Over the years, we have might work harder than if
you were not, but being your
own boss is nice.”
“This is a seven-day-a-
week business,” Paulette
said. “We live next door
to our store and have our
smokehouse next to our
house, which is a good
thing, as we often work not
We Support just days, but nights and
Our Area The long hours and hard
physical labor are constant,
but the Scotts’ son, Bo, is
Pork Producers up to the task and takes on
a lot of that side of things,
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“We just dressed out
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pounds,” Bo said. “Beef
used to weigh 600 pounds
“Producing quality pork and — 300 pounds a side — but
now they can weigh up to
creating opportunities for 1,300 pounds or more. Most
all the hogs we process
rural communities” weigh over 300 pounds.”
“It used to be we pro-
cessed two hogs for ev-
ery beef,” Jay added. “But
nowadays it is just about
even. Hogs are bigger and
leaner. But beef are larger Photo by Mike Jordan
and fatter. That has a lot to Jay Scott (from left), Bo Scott, Darcy Gaffke and Paulette Scott with just a few of the
do with consumer prefer- nearly 20 major awards they have received for the meats they custom process and cure
ence for tastier beef. The at their business, Bergen Meats, in Bergen.
number we process fluctu- Bergen Meats has a huge Texas. beef and better lean pork.
ates with the markets. We local customer base, but the “People that grew up in We try to do the best in what
didn’t butcher many hogs Scotts also ship their meat this area and enjoyed our we do. We only process
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smaller producers got out of California, Kansas City, used to eating quality meat, not good, it isn’t processed
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hogs again this fall.” ern cities like the Twin Cit- said. “We sell mostly aged why we have been here 32
ies, as well as many others Angus beef that is aged for years.”
throughout the middle of four weeks. People want
the country down even into mostly the better choice

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 • Pork Month • C5
Agriculture generates jobs in farming and beyond Pork’s days of expansion are on hold
Many sectors of our and leadership programs nationally, according to County’s absence prices kind of scared people services officer for Jackson
current economy are for youth through 4- the USDA Minnesota from building,” said Ben County.
having a difficult time H. Quality secondary Agricultural Statistics of building permits Crowell, environmental See EXPANSION on C6
regaining strength; education is available Service.
however, there are jobs through the University For many in 2009 a clear sign
and business opportunities of Minnesota. Extension generations, some of
in the is a constant the largest national by RYAN BRINKS
agricultural educational and international News Editor
sector now and Guest resource and agribusinesses have
into the future. Columnist connection maintained residence For the first time in de-
Agricultural Nathan Winter for the most in Minnesota. The cades, an entire year passed
careers current state features some without a single new build-
can be in research-based of the greatest small- ing built in Jackson County
farming and ranching, information in agriculture to medium-sized to raise hogs.
processing, marketing and natural resources. agribusinesses that In the new millennium,
and merchandising, These educational continue to provide jobs the number of annual build- We appreciate your efforts.
scientific, engineering and resources are important for skilled and non- ing permits dropped under
educational fields. because agriculture is the skilled employees alike. double digits just twice
The agricultural, food second-largest economic For those of us — and no lower than eight
and renewable energy sector in Minnesota living in Minnesota, — until 2009 recorded zero
sectors of the U.S. after manufacturing. The agricultural careers that building permits for hog
economy will generate an economic impact of offer satisfaction and facilities.
estimated 54,400 annual agriculture is about $75 quality livelihoods are “We usually expect there
openings for people with billion and 342,000 jobs, attainable. to be some construction www.sanfordjackson.org
baccalaureate or higher according to data from the even when times are bad,
degrees between 2010 and Minnesota Department (About the author: but the combination of high
2015, according to the of Agriculture. The Nathan W inter is an feed prices and low hog
National Institute of Food total annual value of educator in agricultural
and Agriculture. These agricultural products production systems with Fulda Area
openings don’t include
additional opportunities
sold in Minnesota is University of Minnesota
approximately $13 billion, Extension.)
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C6 • Pork Month • Thursday, October 21, 2010
Expansion: Total lack of hog facility building permits in Jackson County last year a clear sign of the times
Continued from C5
“Also, we’ve got a lot of the last 15 years) has kind one has wanted to grow, Hog Facility Building Permits in Jackson County
hog barns in the county. of come to a halt because they can do that with the
There’s still room for de- of prices and lack of profit- existing buildings that are
velopment, but it’s pretty ability,” he said. “There’s out there.”
saturated,” he said. been more production than What gains and profit-
So far this year, some demand, and there’s volatil- ability the industry may
sites have expanded without ity in feed prices.” have made over the sum-
construction and at least And that has been com- mer could quickly backtrack
one farm added a barn. mon outside of Jackson with new feed prices, Koe-
“It’s still pretty slow, but County, too, across the hler speculated.
it’s gotten a little bit better, pork-rich Midwest. “Right now we may have
from what I’m hearing from “What you’ve seen in been on the brink of some
some producers.” Jackson County is also re- expansion or replacement
The dry spell contrasts flective of what’s going on in of facilities if corn prices
starkly with the huge expan- the rest of the country,” said had stayed down in the $3
sion area pork producers Dave Preisler, executive range,” he said, but they
witnessed in the late 1990s director of the Minnesota have since jumped to $5.
and early 2000s. Pork Board. “There’s very With a smaller corn crop
Bob Koehler, a now-re- little new construction go- nationwide, Preisler agreed
tired University of Min- ing on. The pork industry that reluctance to build is
nesota Extension educator has shrunk, compared to likely to linger.
who specialized in swine, what it was a couple years “For the short term, I Source: Jackson County Parks, Planning and Environmental Services
lived through the industry’s ago, to balance supply and don’t see that changing,”
boom. demand and cover increases he said. “… I don’t see a building, but we’re still sota. From a cost standpoint a better place to raise hogs
“The expansion (over in the cost to feed. If some- lot of folks excited about well positioned in Minne- across the U.S., there’s not than right here.”

Local pork industry award recipient, other producers

Congratulations, Pork Producers! await 2011 honorees, set to be named this January
• Custom slaughtering Oeltjenbruns nabs Minnesota Pork Congress involvement in the industry; Awards were due Oct. 15.
• New Self-serve Retail Cases Award- Jan. 19–20, 2011, in Min- described his involvement The award for environ-
winning ’10 swine manager neapolis. in industry organizations mental steward of the year
• Varieties of Smoked Meats Locker! The 2010 award for swine and associations, as well as recognizes an individual
• Jerky and Snack Sticks of the year award manager of the year went community and civic activi- who demonstrates the posi-
• Large Varieties of Sausages One year after a Jackson
to Brian Oeltjenbruns of ties; and offered informa- tive contributions the pork
Mt. Lake, who manages tion regarding his mode of industry makes to the natu-
All Homemade At – County swine manager took
top honors in the Minne-
Schwartz Farms farrow-to-
wean operations in Jackson
operation as a swine man-
ager, specifically his pro-
ral environment. The award
for pork family of the year
Bergen Meat Processors sota Pork Industry Awards,
he and the rest of the state’s
and Cottonwood counties.
In receiving the prestigious
duction system, production
facilities, waste handling
honors a pork-producing
family that has contributed
Conveniently located one mile off Hwy. 71 pork producers anxiously award, Oeltjenbruns was systems and environmental to the long-term success of
Phone 847-5319 or 831-4670 await the 2011 honorees. recognized for excellence in management plan; main the industry through leader-
Jay and Paulette Scott Awards for swine man- the management of a swine objectives of the opera- ship and pork promotion on
www.bergenmeats.com ager of the year, environ-
mental steward of the year,
production operation.
Oeltjenbruns actually
tion’s health, nutrition and
genetics systems; innova-
the local and state level; this
award requires a minimum
pork family of the year, manages two swine pro- tive practices developed or of 20 years involvement
pork promoter of the year duction operations, look- implemented; management in the pork industry. The
and distinguished service ing after Schwartz Farms’ of and relationship with award for pork promoter of
will be presented at the 2011 2,500-sow farrow-to-wean other employees; support the year recognizes an indi-
facility in Cottonwood of company production and vidual, couple or family who
EDLIN EXCAVATING County since 2001 and the
company’s 2,600-sow far-
business goals; and extraor-
dinary accomplishments in
has done an outstanding job
promoting pork and/or the
507-841-1552 (cell) 507-847-2473 (home) row-to-wean site in Jackson the realms of production pork industry on a local,
County since 2007. efficiencies, management regional or state level; can-
72003 Petersburg Rd. • Jackson, MN 56143 As part of the nomination successes and personal didates need not necessarily
• Septic Systems process, Schwartz Farms de- growth. be actual pork producers.
Carl Edlin, Owner tailed Oeltjenbruns’ back- Nominations for the 2011 The award for distinguished
• Basements ground as it related to his Minnesota Pork Industry service recognizes an indi-
All types vidual who has contributed
• Demolition of excavating, to the long-term success of

• Groves
dozer and Pork Producers the pork industry in Min-
nesota; this individual may
scraper work
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Thursday, October 21, 2010 • Pork Month • C7
Oeltjenbruns: Local pork industry award recipient, others anxiously await list of 2011 honorees
Continued from C6
Awards will be presented Congress Jan. 19-20, 2011, gress is Minnesota’s only tion event. Hosted by the gress tradeshow, seminars who raise hogs.
at a special ceremony dur- at the Minneapolis Con- swine-specific tradeshow Minnesota Pork Producers and social activities are de-
ing the Minnesota Pork vention Center. Pork Con- and pork-producer educa- Association, the Pork Con- signed exclusively for those

Bull Dog Power Wash keeping local hog barns clean and tidy
by JUSTIN R. LESSMAN “When you walk in and when working a building. we’re washing.” have experience with each decade ago.
Publisher look around, you can be “We make sure to crank Leos said his equipment type and can handle each “All that experience work-
overwhelmed at what you the power down and wash and crew have the ability to with no problem any time ing for other people let me
More and more, Jackson see,” he said. “But, with a lit- the curtains and vents up handle every size and type of the year.” learn how to do things right
County pork producers are tle time, we get these build- on top,” he said. “We are of building in the area. Leos also offers a free and how not to do certain
concerned with cleanliness ings cleaned up and ready careful to make sure we get “There are really three sanitizing service for his cus- things,” he said. “We treat
and sanitation of their hog for the next batch of hogs.” everything really nice and different types of barns we tomers following a wash. our customers right and we
barns, and that’s exactly Leos said he and his clean with no damage. We deal with — partial slats, the “They provide the sani- maintain our equipment
what Mario Leos and his crew have specific proto- ratchet the pressure up or Murphy sites and the total tizer and we’ll take care of it and keep it clean. When
crew at Bull Dog Power col to which they adhere down, depending on what slat buildings,” he said. “We for free,” he said. “We want you see my equipment, you
Wash intend to provide. to be known for our good see a clean and organized
“People in the pork busi- service and quality work.” unit. That reflects on the
ness today want a clean Quality service is some- work we do. We respect
barn to put their hogs in,” thing he learned from his our customers’ facilities and
the 13-year barn-washing time working for others offices. That’s how we do
veteran and six-year busi- before starting his own business.”
ness owner said. “I intend business more than a half-
to provide the best results

for my customers.”
That commitment to
quality starts with Leos’

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it from nasty to normal and
soupy to spotless in a matter Mario A. Leos
of a few hours.
Photo by Georgia Dietz
Leos says he has handled Mario Leos of Bull Dog Power Wash prides himself on keeping his equipment clean,
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