Fellinger is named Master Pork Producer

Posted January 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Fellinger is named

Master Pork Producer

A Jones County hog farmer has earned the title of Master Pork Producer from the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Tim Fellinger of Hopkinton received the brass Master Pork Producer belt buckle, emblematic of the award, at the 41st annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet Jan. 23 in Des Moines.

Ceremonies included a brief multi-media presentation of his hog operation. Fellinger has raised pigs for 20 years, spending most of that time as herdsman for Witsam, Inc., a diversified crop and livestock operation. This farrow-to-finish experience allowed Tim to refine his swine production expertise.

He also became quite proficient raising and showing pigs at county and state fairs. Using these lessons, in 2011, he built a new 2,460-head wean-to-finish barn to custom feed for Cargill. Detail oriented, he examined available configurations before settling on the Cargill unit. He liked the natural ventilation, large pens, and functionality for load-out offered by this design.

He reports that the elevation of the building enables pigs to walk directly onto the lower trailer deck from the pen pre-sort areas. This has worked well as his first two turns in the building experienced just a 3 percent death loss to market. The unit has an adjacent composter that is used for all mortalities. Manure is stored in deep pits and transferred to adjacent land with an umbilical system under an approved manure management plan. Tim is PQA Plus-certified and the site is assessed.

Fellinger also farms 650 acres of corn and 125 acres of soybeans with his brother-in-law.

Tim and his wife, Carrie, have four children and he actively helps his kids show pigs, cattle and rabbits. Tim and his daughters have had success in the new Iowa show pig circuit. He has been a 4-H leader for seven years and member of the Jones County Youth Council.

Fellinger was one of 10 members of the Master Pork Producers class of 2012. The others are Michael Abel of Mediapolis, Bill Bramley of Emmetsburg, Tim Hollinrake of Fayette, Edward Juhl of Hudson, Dean Klein of Panama, Brian Schneekloth of Little Rock, Dan Sheehan of Remsen, Brad and Terri Van Gelder of Creston, and Craig and Karen Wulfekuhle of Earlville.

Nominated by their neighbors and peers, Master Pork Producers are recognized for their innovation, attention to quality, efficiency and production records within their farm enterprise. They are considered industry leaders who are committed to producing the highest quality pork products. Their operations are environmentally sound, they care about the livestock, are good neighbors and active in their community.

The 2012 class represents more than 200 years of hog farming experience.