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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, January 06, 1994, Page PAGE 7-A, Image 7

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- -< ... j liii V-"V 5Tf* STAFF PHOTOS BY SUSAN USHER SINCE EARLY 1992 A.W. Clemmons has been a contract grower for a major pork producer, feeding nearly 2,450 hogs a day on a four-generation family farm at Bolivia. The waste treatment lagoon is to Clemmons' right and the two hog parlors to his left. ON-FARM RECYCLING: Waste pumped automatically from the hog parlors decomposes by anaero bic bacterial action in this lagoon. With the effluent, Clemmons spray irrigates and fertilizes a field of coastal bermuda hay, which is grazed by a small herd of beef cattle. ALL ANIMAL WASTES RECYCLED ON THE FARM A. W Clemmons Built Swine Facility 'Right To Start With' BY SUSAN USHER Fat sows and an ornery boar, root ing around in a puddle of oozing black mud under a stand of trees down by the creek, reeking of ma nure. It that's your idea of a hog farm, think again. That traditional hog pen is fast disappearing, in part because raising swine is now big business, and in part because of changing regulations that reflect an increased concern for the environment. AAV. Clemmons of Bolivia runs what could be considered a state-of the-art mid-si/ed hoj operation. Since IW2 the Clemmons family has run a grow-out operation under contract with a major pork producer. His operation, like most of those built within the past two years, is ex pected to meet or exceed new regu latory standards, said Mamie Wil son. administrative conservationist with the local U.S. Soil Con servation Service office. *'l done it right to start with," Clemmons said. "We pump at the right rate so there's no run-off." Though Clemmons already owned the land, his hog operation was still a major investment. He spent $180,000 building what is considered a moderate-sized swine operation. That covers the S22,(MK) pump irrigation system, the l.S-acre lagoon with berm. and two hog par lors with galvanized steel sides, con crete feeding floors with mesh screen windows, automatic waste flushing and temperature-triggered drip-cooling. "You can figure $200,000, count ing seeding, to do it like it's got to be done." said Clemmons. The operation appears to be a model of efficiency as well as good land stewardship. Roughly three times a year, nearly 2,500 young pigs arrive by truck, weighing 38 pounds each on aver age. When they ship out 120 days later, they weigh between 240 and 250 pounds and will be eating a combined 90,000 pounds of feed a week. "These are hybrids that don't yield much fatback," said Clem mons. "With the fat from the whole lot you probably couldn't fill a lard can." Their compact bodies are not only lean, hut generally odor free and clean. Animal waste run-off isn't a prob lem. The operation is located a good distance away from water sources that could be accidentally polluted and all waste is collected, treated THESE HYBRIDS are bred and fed to produce lean pork, part of North Carolina's $900 million and growing pork production indus try and recycled on site. With cleanliness a high priority both i.t aesthetic and sanitary rea sons, odor is not a problem?not around the operation itself or down wind for nearby residents, including a renter in a mobile home near the farm and fusully nicmbcrs. "When you have an operation run like it's supposed to be. you won't have that," said Clemmons. "I didn't come here to do this and aggravate my neighbors. I live here and my children live nearby." Walking through one of the hog parlors, Clemmons says, "They say having hogs causes flies, but they would have to prove it to me." Gesturing about the building, he continues, "See. there are no (lies here." Each building holds 40 pens, 27 feet by 12 feet, with approximately 33 hogs to a pen. A center walkway runs between between the iwo long rows of nens. i As Clemmons reaches over to scratch an inquisitive pig on the snoni an automatic overhead sprin kler begins spraying a fine mist onto the hacks of the pigs. Anytime the inside temperature reaches SO de grees. the sprinklers come on three minutes out of every 10 minutes. If the heat gets excessive a second set of sprinklers comes into play. Recently installed equipment also monitors relative humidity. The pigs require some training when they first arrive. Clemmons points to the layout of the pens, each with a solid pad toward the inside and a slatted, wet area on the outer side nearest the screened windows. "We put their lood high on the in side and activate the sprinklers at the waste area. The pigs like to elimi nate where it's wet." Their training works, resulting in pens that stay unusually clean and waste free. Waste falls through the slats to a sluice below. The area is flushed au tomatically every two hours with 450 gallons of water. Wastewater flows through piping into a 10-feet deep, l.K-acre lagoon, where anaer obic bacterial action helps break down the waste and solids settle. Clemmons periodically sprays the resulting nutricnt-ricn cffiU'-ni as fertilizer onto 52 acres of pasture more than twice what he is required to have?in a deliberate effort to contain all waste on-site through re cycling. A small herd of cattle?32 head ?grazes the coastal hermuda hay. "I don't want to overgraze,"' says Clemmons. The hogs and cattle both provide ways to diversify income from the land first farmed hv his grandfather, the late Alfred Wright Clemmons. and now farmed by Clemmons and two of his four sons. Alan Dale and Ricky. 11iin ycui they also put 155) acres in corn. 600 acres in soybeans. 85 acres in tobacco and l.()00 acres in wheat. 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