Why a career in pigs is good fit for women

Cheryl Day 2 | Oct 20, 2017
More and more women are choosing pig farming as a profession, something that has changed over the past ten years. Here is why they shine as pig caretakers.


For the first time, a woman earns the title America’s Pig Farmer of Year.  Leslie McCuiston, raised on Oklahoma cattle farm, never saw her gender as a factor in achieving her career aspirations, especially in the pig world.


As a senior production manager with The Maschhoffs, McCuiston is responsible for ten breed-to-wean farms in Nebraska and South Dakota of which six of nine leaders are women.


McCuiston’s career thrived with pigs, due to the open opportunities. She says, “In my experience, the pork industry has been very accepting and welcoming of women, who are a natural fit in livestock production.”


Here are three reasons a career in pigs is the right fit for women.

Smaller animals:  In comparison to beef, pigs are little easier to handle due to the size of scale.

Caretaker gene:  Women are born with the natural caretaking gene.  Today, in barns it is not usual to find women in charge of the farrowing unit, young pigs, training gilts or entire barn.  The ability to be more caring is inherited.   According to research, women are strong at nurture competencies such as developing others, inspiring and motivating others, relationship building, collaboration, and teamwork. “I think at our hearts women are caretakers and nurtures not only of the pigs but the people we work with as well. Both of those pieces are very important.  So, we set high priorities on takings of both those within our farms every day.

Strength in leadership:  Research shows women do excel at nurturing competencies but also strive at taking the initiative, displaying integrity and honesty, and driving for results.  At the farm, McCuiston can confirm how strong leaders women can be. “The strength women show in leadership is really important. My teams alone, six out of nine are women. They are the strongest there are,” she states.


Story Credit:https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/business/why-career-pigs-good-fit-women
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