Big changes are on the horizon for Smithfield in Albin. Bradley Wolter from The Maschhoffs LLC hosted a supper meet and greet on Monday for the people of Albin to come out and meet the potential new owners of the local Smithfield.
Maschhoff farms has been an independent supplier to Smithfield for many years and has recently made the decision to purchase the Albin location. Ken and Dave Maschhoff along with their wives Julie and Karen are fifth generation farmers from Carlyle, Illinois that have a passion for passing down the farming and agricultural tradition to future generations. The Maschhoffs have a clear idea of what it takes to be successful farmers and respect for the land and the animals that they care for is high on the list. Their priorities, as they tell it, are simple. Pigs, people, and planet. They are passionate about taking care of a way of life that is slowly disappearing.
Wyoming will make the seventh state that Maschhoffs have farms in, and Albin will be one of their smaller farms with only about 13,000 sows and approximately 7,000 piglets a week. The piglets are weaned after twenty-one days and then they are shipped off to farms in Iowa. They are then sold to places like Smithfield. When and if the sale takes place, the Smithfield farm will become a Maschhoff holding. Although the Maschhoffs operate in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Indiana the two brothers, Ken and Dave are sole owners of the farms, and have kept it in the family since the beginning.
Although Wolter had expected to have purchased the farm already, he anticipates a smooth transition process if and when the purchase does go through. Wolter has anticipated a seamless process with no job loss at this time. “It takes great people to make good pigs, and we are very passionate about rural America.” Wolter stated. The people who depend on the Smithfield Farm will surely be glad to know that, at this point, their jobs are safe.
Source: Pine Bluffs Post