Dan Sheehan, of Remsen, was presented with the brass Master Pork Producer belt buckle, emblematic of the award, at the 41st annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines Wednesday, according to a press release.
The presentation included a brief multi-media overview of Sheehan's pork business.
Sheehan has raised pigs for more than eight years since returning from college.
He has several barns and finishes pigs on a contract basis for a local cooperative.
Market hogs are delivered to Tyson Fresh Meats.
Since building a thousand-head nursery with his father in 2003, Sheehan has added a 2,000-head double-wide finisher and another thousand-head nursery. He also co-owns with his brother two other finishing barns, the press release stated.
Sheehan provides all of the caregiving for the nursery and finishing barns. He retains 25 percent ownership of the weaned pigs, but all management decisions and recordkeeping are maintained through the coop.
Sheehan farms 250 acres of corn and 250 acres of soybeans.
He and his brother also operate a custom manure business, servicing about 40 farms in his area, the press release also stated.
Sheehan is both PQA Plus®- and TQA®-certified and his farm has been site assessed.
He and his wife, Lori, have two pre-school aged children.
They are active members of the community and the Plymouth County Fair. He is a director of the Plymouth County Pork Producers and the Remsen Community Action Club.
He is a fair board member and serves on the swine committee.
Lori is involved in the annual Remsen Oktoberfest and Quasquicentennial Committee.
Nominated by their neighbors and peers, Master Pork Producers are recognized for their innovation, attention to quality, efficiency and production records within their farm enterprise. They are considered industry leaders who are committed to producing the highest quality pork products. Their operations are environmentally sound, they care about the livestock, are good neighbors and active in their community.