Beth Riffel, the winner of our Pigs in Focus contest, took some time to explain what life on her farm is like and how her winning photo came to be:
Who says pigs aren’t super? We couldn’t disagree more! Hi! My name is Beth Riffel. My family and I live in central Kansas on a diversified crop and livestock farm. That means we raise a lot of different crops, including corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat, hay (alfalfa) and livestock – hogs, cattle and meat goats.
Raising livestock takes a lot of time, patience and work all year long, but we love the opportunity to raise and care for animals that result in safe and high quality meals for our family and others around the world.
We have so much pride in our livestock that my children are involved in 4-H and FFA and regularly exhibit animals that we think are prize-winning! This gilt, named Skunk, is a favorite of my daughter, Kara who is pictured. She was shown at our county fair and at the Kansas State Fair in the breeding gilt show. This picture was taking on one of the nightly walks to make sure that the girls were ready for competition and able to strut their stuff for the judge and hopefully win a big purple ribbon.
While every animal on our farm might not be a show animal and get personalized exercise and regular baths – or for that matter pose with pictures of the planking girl – we do make sure that they have everything that the need – food, shelter and lots of care!