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Profile: Megan Spence
egan Sutton Spence is a proud
North Carolina hog farmer.
Born and bred in Eastern North
Carolina, the 27-year-old lives
and works alongside her family at Sutton Family Swine and Poultry,
LLC. The only child of Mike and Nannette,
Megan wasn't always sure she'd work on
the farm where she grew up, but after
graduating from East Carolina University,
she returned home to take a prominent
place in the family business.
Megan manages the swine portion of
the farm and sometimes assists in the
poultry business. She also helps tend to
the soybean, wheat and corn crops as
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needed alongside her father, uncle Gary,
cousin Garrett and their farmhands.
The Sutton Family's farm has been up and
running for more than 30 years. Originally,
Megan's grandfather (known to the family
as Big Daddy), purchased small tracts of
land, and cleared those tracts himself so he
and his sons could make a living farming
the land. Megan has fond memories of growing up on the land she now helps tend. She
and her cousins "feel like we had the best
childhood anyone could have. We took full
advantage of all the nature and space we had
access to, and we treated the farm animals
just like we treated our pets. We were, also,
able to spend countless hours riding tractors
and combines with our dads."
Megan holds her current job in high
regard as well. About a year ago, the
Suttons began growing multiplication pigs
for Smithfield Foods - basically female
breeding stock. The process of generating new pigs requires close attention and
heavy biosecurity. Megan says she feels
honored the company entrusts her family
with this responsibility.
"I feel most accomplished when we have a
sick pig that we can bring back to health by
treating them and giving them extra care.
I love to see those pigs completely healthy
again. It also feels good to know we have a
(small) hand in feeding the world."
When asked what Megan would like
North Carolinians to remember about her
and her fellow hog farmers she remarked,
"We're a normal family striving to make a
good life for ourselves just like anyone else.
Our farm is our home. We do what it takes
to take care of our land, our animals and
the buildings the animals are housed in.
Just like any other person tends to their
home, yard, and vehicles we do the exact
same on our farm, but only on a bigger
scale. We mostly rest on Sundays. However,
the animals still have to be tended to seven
days a week. Whether it is a big or small job,
there is always something that needs to be
done! This is our livelihood. It's what we
know. It's who we are."
Megan, her husband Will and their dog
Lucy live at the Sutton Family Farm near
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Fall 2015
Message from the President
NCPC Launches Educational Campaign
Welcome to Our New Home
2016 NC Pork Conference
Profile: Megan Spence
6th Annual Livestock Lobby Day
NC Pork Producer Honors Former FFA Teacher
2015 State 4-H Livestock Contests
Interns Learn Important Skills While Working in the Pork Industry
Employees Honored for Education Efforts
Junior Market Swine Show
Index to Advertisers
NC Pork Report - Fall 2015