“If you want the best production from a livestock facility, you have to keep your animals healthy, so that’s why it’s important every day to come and check on them.”Doug Wevik
Name: Doug Wevik
Location: Beresford, South Dakota
Years farming: I have farmed for 38 years, beginning while I was in high school.
My family: My family consists of my wife Chris and our four children. Valerie, the oldest, is married with two children. Ashley is married, while Kara will be a junior at the University of South Dakota, and Daniel will be starting his freshman year at South Dakota State University.
How I came to be a farmer: I started in high school with FFA projects, which included renting land and having livestock projects with my father. While attending South Dakota State University, I remained active in the family farming operation, and returned to full-time farming when I graduated.
The best thing about being a farmer: I enjoy the variety of jobs involved in farming, working outdoors, and being my own boss. But the thing I enjoy most is being able to work with my family members on a daily basis, including my wife, who handles the day-to-day chores for the hog operation, and my father, who at 78, still helps out whenever he can.
My personal philosophy on farming: I believe in leaving the land in better condition than when I started farming. I strive to do that by protecting the soil through many conservation methods, including no-till crop farming, grass waterways, terraces, and carefully monitoring the manure management plan for our hog operation.
For more information about hog farming in South Dakota, please visit www.sdppc.org.