posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 in West Region News
Recently, the Platte County Public Library in Wheatland had two piglets visit their Tuesday morning Storytime with Fran Heller for a Piglet Storytime. About 30 people came to the library to hear a story, interact with piglets and complete pig crafts.
It was a team effort to bring this activity to the library, as AMVC Wyoming, the local sow farm, provided the piglets and educational materials, while the library had planned the craft and snack for the children.
AMVC public relations coordinator, Alicia Humphrey, read Welcome to our Farm, a children’s book that took the group through a modern pig barn and explained where pigs live, what they eat and how farmers care for them.
“It is always exciting to see kids’ enthusiasm for pigs and curiosity to learn more about our industry, said Humphrey. “It’s important for the next generation to learn that pigs are raised for meat and we have pig farmers that care for them. We brought the pigs to the kids, instead of the kids visiting the farm,” commented Humphrey.
There was a lot of excitement at the library, as the children anxiously awaited their turn to touch the piglet. It was many of the kids first time petting a piglet.
“The piglets were a very special treat for our Storytime. It was fun and educational and a special experience for our children,” commented Heller.
AMVC enjoys educating the next generation about pig farming and being a local resource. Each child went home with a pig coloring book, bookmark and pig eraser. AMVC owns and manages two sow farms in Wheatland and employs 35 people in the community. AMVC is headquartered in Audubon, Iowa, and manages 135,500 sows across ten states.