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Story County Pork Producers - 2016 Coupon

In December, PigCHAMP had the privilege of partnering with the Story County Pork Producers to...

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KPIs provide insight into your swine operation

General benchmarking parameters are a good resource to help determine your operation’s strengths and weaknesses *This article was originally posted by Farms.com and can be found here. It’s no secret that the swine industry has become increasingly competitive and that monitoring performance trends is essential to setting your operation up for success. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), sometimes known as Key Production or Productivity Indicators, have become increasingly valuable in ...

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Pork Month Recipe: Maple Bacon Caramel Corn

Ingredients: - 5 slices of bacon - 6-8 cups of air popped popcorn - 1 cup packed brown sugar - 1/2 cup maple syrup or corn syrup - 1/4 cup butter - 1 tsp. baking soda - 1/2 cup pecan pieces/halves (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. 2. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Transfer to plate, crumble or chop into chunky pieces and reserve 1-2 tablespoons of drippings. 3. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and put the popcorn in it, along with t ...

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Pork Month Recipe: Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Ingredients: Cupcakes: - 4 1/2 T. butter, room temperature - 1/2 T. bacon drippings (left in fridge to solidify) - 1 egg - 5 T. brown sugar - 4 T. maple syrup - 1 1/4 cup self-rising flour - 1 tsp. baking soda - 1/2 tsp. baking powder - pinch salt - 1/4 cup milk - 1/2 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon Frosting: - 4 T. butter - 2 T. maple syrup - 1 cup powder sugar - Course sea salt Directions: 1. Cream butter and bacon drippings together. 2. Add brown sugar and maple syrup. Be ...

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Pork Month Recipe: Vanilla Cider Pork with Pears

Ingredients: - 3 T. unsalted butter - 2 Bosc. pears, peeled, cored, quartered - 1 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed, sliced into twelve 1" thick medallions, seasoned - 1/2 cup all purpose flour - 1 cup chicken broth - 1 cup hard apple cider (or fresh apple cider) - 1/3 cup heavy cream - 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped - Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Season pork generously with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour. Set aside.  2. In a large skillet (not non-s ...

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  1. Re: The Quest for the all-American hot dog!

    We were tempted to persuade Natasha to not go home... Pork producers in South Africa are fortunate to...

    -- Bob

  2. Re: Bring en braai... or, potluck lunch in Iowa.

    It's really interesting to read about different cultures - especially the food!

    -- Pigfarmer

  3. Re: Meet our agents! Natasha Ferguson from PIC South Africa.

    It's been fun reading about your trip to Ames! I too have enjoyed the hospitality of that great group...

    -- Mary