The Waddington family currently farms approximately 1,900 acres of corn soybeans and wheat. The farm has been in the family since the early 1960s. R.D. is the second generation in his family to farm. His farther previously raised pigs in a farrow to finish operations.
“It has been about 15 years since we have had pigs on our farm,” Waddington said. “It’s amazing how much more technology there is now compared to 15 years ago.”
“We decided to build the new hog barn to expand our family farm and create an opportunity for our children, if they choose, to come back to the farm as the next generation,” he said. “Pork production has allowed my family to continue to remain viable in agriculture and remain an active member of this community.”
The open house and ribbon cutting was sponsored by Shelby County Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Financial, Farmweld, LG Seeds, Niebrugge Ag Services, Shelby County State Bank, Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Pork Checkoff.
“This farm adds to the economic well-being of the area,” said Nick Anderson of the Illinois Livestock Development Group. “This is one of 90 to be built in Illinois this year that will bring over $50 million in the hog industry. This building will produce fertilizer for 200-250 acres of corn and produce more than 1 million pounds of pork.”
The farm is located in Rural Township.