While an abundance of stereotypes have painted agriculture as a male-dominated industry in the public’s eye, livestock producers know that on a farm, it is your work ethic, not your gender, that makes you a valuable farmer, and four female pig farmers have stood up the smash the “boys game” stereotypes in a new video circulating the internet.
The video, titled “Women in Pig Farming,” is part of the #RealPigFarming social media campaign initiated by The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), which intends to create valuable discussion on major topics within the swine industry.
“I think that the farming stereotypes from 50 years ago lead people to ask ‘where are the women, and what are they doing?’ Well, a lot of women were farming,” said sixth generation farmer Cristen Clark in the video. “They were at the helm of their farm at the time, and they set the stage for us to be able to do this through social media and have a voice.”
The Midwest alone is home to 22,000 female pig farmers, many of whom are also moms, and their value is felt both on their operation, and in the many leadership positions held by women in different industry associations and community groups.
“I don’t think our jobs have changed over the past 50 years, we’re just able to be more vocal about it,” said Emily Erickson, pig farmer and Animal Well-Being and Quality Assurance manager for New Fashion Pork. “So we’re getting together and doing it, and being proud of what we do.”