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Farmers Helping Farmers

Midwest hogs, purchased locally, delivered to Beverly

The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor Ervin Wagler helps load hogs during a sale near Beverly that was done with the assistance of the Randolph/Tucker Livestock Association and the WVU Extension Service. The hogs were brought from farmers in the Midwest who were having difficulty selling their stock. All the proceeds from the sale will go back to the farmers and to pay for transportation of the animals.

BEVERLY — A local farmer, with assistance from the West Virginia University Extension service, is helping farmers in the Midwest move some of their stock by transporting some of their hogs to sell in Randolph County.

“I started seeing hog producers that couldn’t move their hogs,” Randolph/Tucker County Livestock Association President Zach Teter told The Inter-Mountain.

Teter said he had the idea to bring some of the hogs to the local area to sell and contacted the WVU Extension Service for assistance. With many of the meat processing plants in the country slowed or closed from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many farmers have been struggling with a larger than normal stock of animals.

“It kind of took off from there,” he said. “We have sold about 500 hogs already.”

On Thursday afternoon near Beverly, several trucks lined up to pick up the purchased hogs that were brought from Iowa and South Dakota.

The sales began earlier this week and approximately 500 have been sold since Monday. WVU Extension Agent Jody Carpenter said.

“Zach had some friends in business in trouble and saw an opportunity. He came to us and he just kind of ran with it,” Carpenter told The Inter-Mountain Thursday.

Carpenter said all the funds raised by selling the hogs go back to the Midwest farmers and to help pay for the transportation.

“It is good to see people cooperating and farmers helping out farmers,” he said. “All the hogs are ready for slaughter.”

For more information, send Carpenter an email at JCarpe11@mail.wvu.edu.

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