Owner: Rod Anderson
What year did you start farming?
How big is your farm?
What does your farm consist of?
Mostly Berkshire hogs, some sheep and cattle as well, and 160 acres of corn and hay
What is something notable about your farm?
Our farm has a long, terrible lane.
What is your favorite Berkwood Farms product?
What is your favorite activity besides farming?
Rod and Pam bought their family farm in 1990. The farm consists of 160 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats along with plenty of pasture for the 125 head of sheep and 16 head of cows to roam. They also raise 250 head of Berkshire sows and sell the majority of the pigs as feeders. Rod and his family enjoy all of the animals, especially the babies. Whether it be piglets, lambs or calves, there seems to be an animal born every day.
Rod follows conventional farming practices including crop rotation, minimal tillage, and minimal use of pesticides and herbicides. Crop rotation is important for this farm because with older farm buildings, the oats provide ample straw for bedding to keep the animals comfortable during the Iowa winters. With only 160 acres on the farm, and only half of it tillable, that’s not enough to support all of the animals for an entire year so Rod buys corn and bean meal. These products are often genetically modified products from other local farmers.
The family’s favorite meaty meal comes from the America’s cut boneless loin. Whether thick-cut into pork chops and seasoned, breaded, and grilled, or cut thin, breaded and fried into tenderloins, they enjoy it all. Rod and Pam enjoy inviting family and friends over to share this and many other great cuts of meat.