Distance Running + Pig Farming: Meet the Real Pig Farmers of America

Distance Running + Pig Farming: Meet the Real Pig Farmers of America


I love running because it gives me a chance
to relax, gives me a chance to focus on something besides the problems or decisions I’m making. One of the things I’ve done on many runs is
make an important farming decision I did not know was weighing on my mind, but because
I was able to get away from it, a good answer popped up into my mind. Growing up on a pig farm definitely taught
me a lot about hard work and sticking to your goals and like, if my dad had a project to
finish he knew when he had to get it done and how he was going to get it done. So I think it helps with races, too. When you break down the race, you know what
times you have to hit and how you’re going to accomplish your goal. Just out of college I had a desk job. And after about 5-6 months of that I’d realized
I had gained 10-15 pounds. I had heard that a couple of friends from
back home were running a marathon and I said, “If they can run one, I can run one.” As the kids started running in about junior
high, I was interested in showing a good example, you know, “I got one more in me.” And it ended up being six. When I look at running and farming, there’s
a word that Beth’s coach always used and that was “integrity.” Doing things that you’re supposed to do, even
if nobody’s watching, and that’s the same way with farming. There’s still moments when people aren’t watching
us but there’s that integrity of doing the right thing at the right time. I made it to State five times in my six-year
career for cross country and four of those times I was All-State. A little bit of a challenge though as parents
was when she was doing quite well and ranked in State, it was like walking around on eggshells,
’cause we had to be real careful not to talk about it and mess with her mind and figure
out how we could be the calm, safe spot for her. When I look at a diet for the kids, especially
when they were running, I knew that lean protein was an important part of that diet. They’re runners, they’re breaking down muscle,
they need lean protein to replenish that muscle. So, pork was definitely something that we
served regularly. It’s fun when we go to the races and are a
part of the health expo and handing out samples, and it’s really rewarding as farmers to talk
about our product and to talk about it with athletes, and a lot of people really get it,
they understand it. They know that the vitamins, the minerals,
the protein that’s in that pork is really something that they need to fuel their diet
and their competition. We are the Stevermers: Pig farmers and distance
runners. (Music)

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