To explain the Pipestone System from the beginning requires a look at the end result. Even though this is a tale of pork production, it does call to mind the old question regarding the chicken and the egg.
Well…actually we do know which comes first: Our shareholders. They’re family farmers who aren’t willing to give up their private stake in the pork industry.
Still, there are a few things they don’t mind giving away. Labor-intensive breeding and farrowing can really wear one person down. Good genetics and modern sow barns require huge investments. Everybody knows today’s employee benefit package is too costly for a single farm family to absorb.
Once they hand over responsibility for sows and employees though, our local owners get back the three things they really want. We provide healthy baby pigs and the opportunity to raise those pigs their own way and they keep all their profits! At that point, who cares whether it started with the chicken or the egg?