Locally Made Monday - Whiteshire Hamroc

By ANDREW LOGSDON | alogsdon@wfft.com

Published 09/30 2013 06:33PM

Updated 10/01 2013 09:11AM

A Noble County swine farm has a snout for business in an unconventional way.

It's following the genes of its pigs, and using them for selective breeding to create the best swine possible for people around the world.

It’s this week's edition of Locally Made Monday.

Out near Albion are the farms of Whiteshire Hamroc.

Named for the four breeds of purebred pigs, they produce tens of thousands of each year.

They've created a green barn system, and right now are teaming up with farms in China.

These are some fine swine at Whiteshire Hamroc.

And they have them documented down to the last piece of DNA.

"We're a swine genetics and breeding stock business that looks for opportunities to add value to everything that we do with those animals,” says Whiteshire Hamroc President Rebecca Schroeder.

Each of the 35,000 pigs is documented by its unique genetic material, which they use for selective breeding, to produce the best pig possible.

That's some pig.

"Because of our genetic improvement that we've done in genetic selection, we're the largest registerer of purebred animals in the world,” Schroeder says.

Thirty years ago, Whiteshire Hamroc developed the 'Airworks System,’ which they've sold to farms around the world.

It flows through more cool air, uses less resources, and produces what they say is a cleaner environment for swine herds.

"They've looked for ways to capture that, it's a green system, we have a heat exchanger involved, we use less propane than traditional facilities,” Schroeder says.

Schroeder says it allows them to baby their babes before sending them to 22 countries worldwide.

Much of the animals go to medical use for creating medical tissues and parts that are even used in humans.

"The field of regenerative medicine is one that is where they're able to take pig tissues and organs such as the bladder or actually even the hide of the pig. They're de-cellularizing it, and processing it, and they're coming up with a device that's utilized for soft tissue repair,” Schroeder says.

In the past six years, it's branched out to China- populating several joint venture farms.

And next year, opening one with a Chinese company, right here in Indiana.

You can find out more about Whiteshire Hamroc, and they even offer tours.

But i have to warn you, they will make you change your clothes, and shower there.

You can go to their web site—

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