Brian and Jen Sturtevant
pigs • grain
I never thought I'd marry a farmer
A place many generations have called home
We're a fifth-generation Illinois farm family. Currently, three generations work together at Sturtevant Hog Farms in Carroll County. Our sons, Bryson and Jaxson – the youngest generation – love to help on the farm.
We are a wean-to-finish hog farm, which means we raise young piglets that come to our farm when they are about 3 weeks old. Each year we raise 65,000 hogs. We also grow corn, soybeans and wheat on 3,150 acres. It's a good combination for us because we can use manure from the pigs as fertilizer for our crops.
One part of our land has belonged to the Sturtevants for 150 years! This ground has seen the desperation of the Great Depression and was once planted with three-horse hitch teams. Now, it's farmed using huge four-wheel tractors and equipment.