Livestock Enterprise

The livestock operation is a farrow-to-wean swine operation consisting of 750 females producing 17,000 piglets annually. The piglets are raised for a local hog operation.

We go to great lengths to ensure our animals enjoy the greatest comfort.  All our pigs stay warm, stay dry, and are well-fed and watered.  We take great care of our animals because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s how they’re the most productive.

We use multiple techniques to make sure we’re following the best production techniques in the industry:

  • Regular visits by our veterinarian who can make suggestion on how to improve pig comfort, pig health, and overall productivity.
  • Regular training and qualification by all employees.  All workers have been certified through the Pork Quality Assurance, Plus program.  PQA Plus is an industry certification program that ensures U.S. pork products are safe and of the highest quality, and that the animals are cared for humanely.  For more information see the pork.org web site.
  • Additionally, all workers have been certified in the Transport Quality Assurance Program.  Transport Quality Assurance is a program that helps swine transporters, producers, and handlers understand how to move and transport pigs and the potential impacts of those actions on pig well-being and/or pork quality. For more information see the pork.org web site.

We practice sustainable production techniques by recycling the hog manure as fertilizer for the crops. Manure is tested and applied in appropriate amounts to raise subsequent crops without being a detriment to the environment. We've been recycling since before recycling was cool!

Featured In...

Below are articles in which Gould Farms has been featured:

NewYorkTimes.com
March 10, 2018

Trade War Prospect Shakes Part of Trump Base: Midwest Farmers
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Fox Business News
October 30, 2017

Farmers are Battling Corn Surplus
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Kane County Farmer
October, 2017

Gould Farm hosts McDonald's for harvest tour
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Kane County Chronicle
June 16, 2015

Kane County Farm Bureau's Summer Ag Institute provides educators a glimpse at farm life
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Kane County Chronicle
February 24, 2015

Maple Park family named Illinois Pork Producer Family of the Year
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Reuters
October 8, 2014

The Big Data bounty: U.S. startups challenge agribusiness giants
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This Week in Agribusiness
March 25, 2013 • By ILagleadership

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Illinois Partners | Food, Farm, Garden, Travel and More
October 26, 2012 • By Kay Shipman

Female hogs greet visitors with curious sniffs and low grunts on the Gould family farm near Elburn in Kane County. The animals’ calm behavior illustrates how content they are...
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Farm Week | Field Mom Farm Tour
March 16, 2012 • By Kay Shipman

In-depth questions and answers about sow behavior and care were punctuated by laughter when six non-farm mothers toured the Gould farm near Maple Park in Kane County.
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