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Raising Hogs | Preston Citizen

Raising Hogs

February 1, 2013
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Story and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM 

Jessica Harvey raises hogs. She is not afraid to let people know about it either. Some hoggers are leery about people knowing they raise hogs. She likes it, in fact, she wants everyone to know.

In fact, she does it on the side of her real job, raising and training Morgan horses on her farm northwest of Preston.

Harvey came to Franklin County nine years ago to get out of Utah Valley. She said after being here for nine years, they stayed in Utah way too long.

“We absolutely love it. We really, really like it here,” Harvey said.

Forty years ago Jessica’s mother, Wendy Hanger, started selling and training Morgan Horses. When the Utah Valley began to grow, the Harvey’s started to look for more open space, somewhere else to work with their horses.

Harvey spreads some feed for a couple of her sows last week.

“The horses were kind of the way girls could stay home and keep house and watch the children, while the husbands go out and make a living,” she said. Jessica’s husband, Justin, works construction and her father is retired.

My mom has been doing it for years, then it turned into our family business,” she said.

About six years ago the Harveys started buying pigs to raise and eat. “Back then we could buy wiener pigs for $25. Now they sell for up to $80. We started with two sows and one boar. Now we have four sows, one boar and a wiener sow,” Harvey said.

It was kind of a hobby or something the family did it as kind of a part-time thing. Then they started getting hard to find and prices started to go up, so we started raising them to sell. They got to be a hot item.

They leased an old dairy farm and started to raise them in corrals.

This story is sponsored by US Auction.

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