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Friday’s Featured Farmers: Roddy, Allison, Arley & Finn Purser

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White Rock Farms
Peachland, NC

What do you raise and grow on your farm and how do you do it?
We grow wean pigs, fertile chicken eggs, and raw milk. We contract with Murphy Brown on the pigs, Tyson on the eggs, and we are independent with our milk production marketing our milk through Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association.

Why did you become a farmer, and what are the risks and rewards of farming?
I became a Farmer because I enjoy agriculture and the risk and rewards associated with production agriculture. We invest money and time into plants and animals and do all we can to control the circumstances to have a productive outcome, but in spite of all you do, sometimes things don’t go as well as you would like for them to have gone. That’s farming. When things do go well, it is rewarding to see a plan come together. My brother Josh Purser and mother and father in law are also involved with the farm, which allows us to work together a lot.
Being involved in farming means finding that balance between animals, people, business and family life. There’s never a time that there is nothing to do.

How can consumers learn more?
Consumers as well as NC leaders should take time to learn more about the facts about where their food comes from and how it is produced. Completely understanding how decisions impact food production is critical to having a sustainable food supply that is affordable for all people over the years to come………

From our visit:
As farmers, we must find ways to help share our story with everyone. Every measure is taken to ensure the comfort of our animals. As calves are born, they are given pasteurized colostrum within minutes of birth. Only the highest quality colustrum is given and it’s even tested for quality. Their specially balanced diets are better than what our kids eat! A nutritionist has specifically formulated feeds based on their stage in life.
We’ve found that having pigs, dairy cattle, and poultry meshes together very well. There is a lot of bio-symmetry between the resources and we’re improving the quality of land by returning more nutrients to the soil. Passing down the farm for future generations is quite important and we want to make sure it’s better than when we started.
Efficiencies in agriculture are what enable us to use fewer resources. Technology is a tool to provide comfort to our animals including properly ventilated barns. We’ve watched our cattle leave the barn to graze and return promptly when the temperatures were warm. They eagerly walk onto the rotary milker because it’s soothing and they can watch each other as it moves. We’re providing better care because new methods are available and it makes sense.

 

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