Sandy Creek Lane
Sandy Creek Lane sow farm in Marshall County welcomed the community to an Open House. The farm, which consists of three barns, sits on five acres of land Northwest of Wenona and will be home to 5,600 sows. Once the farm is in full swing, it will provide for 21 full time employees.
Dr. Nicolas Rippel, DVM, and family commenced the event by cutting the ribbon. There was record atendance of over 500 visitors! Employees of VMC Management set up 10 stations throughout the farm to explain each location in the barn and provide a thorough tour. Signs at each stop gave pictures to help visualize what it will look like with pigs inside.
Construction of the farm was a widespread effort from over 40 different businesses and gave jobs to more than 200 people. Materials used in the building process totaled 9,000 yards of concrete, 93,985 lineal feet of steel, 654,353 board feet of lumber, and over 15,000 ton of rock from two local quarries.
VMC Management, Williamsburg, IA consists of veterinarian managers, production managers, and support staff. Veterinarians visit farms approximately every 2 weeks. Most common model for VMC Management sow farms is that farmers have ownership in the sow farm and subsequently take delivery of the weaned pigs to grow-out in their own facilities.