“We never set out to be the biggest,” says Lincoln Langhorst. “We want to be the best.” Today, Wakefield Pork cares for 55,000 sows and markets more than 1.4 million hogs each year, and the Langhorst family relies on the strength of their employees for a smooth operation.
Obviously, relying on the good work of employees alone doesn’t guarantee results. Record-keeping and tracking are important to gauge the success of the operation as a whole. With that in mind, 16 years ago, Mary Langhorst initiated “NASPIG,” a sow farm competition that runs the duration of the NASCAR racing circuit season.
Points are tallied weekly for sow farms on eight different categories of production records. A display case in the lobby of WPI’s main office on the east edge of Gaylord has a miniature racetrack, and cars and banners for the top “performers” for each week. Throughout the NASPIG season, sow farm managers can get a quick glance at how they fared each week, each quarter and overall for the season.