January and February are often focused on planning and preparation for the year ahead. Not only do we start working on annual Niman Ranch Farmer Appreciation Dinner, which will be held in September, but it’s also time for the Niman Ranch hog farmer regional meetings. Our local Niman Ranch Field Agents organize regional get-togethers at the start of the year because it’s usually a slower time of the year for us-well, less field work anyway!
The meetings are a time for learning and also a chance to connect with one another. Farmers are served lunch featuring our own Niman Ranch Pork- from the animals we raised- while brushing up on a few things and exchanging helpful hints.
This year we heard from our veterinarian Dr. Kurt Van Holzen about the importance of vaccinations in keeping the herd healthy. He also talked about holistic measures like adding vinegar to watering tanks and oregano as a feed additive, these things help to boost their immune system and increase overall blood circulation.