Christensen Farms Opens New Research Facility

SLEEPY EYE, MINN. – Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. (CF) hosted an open house for the opening of their new research facility, R2, near Comfrey, Minn. on Tuesday, Nov. 7th. At the open house, individuals had the opportunity to take tours of this state-of-the-art facility, and talk to the research, construction and business development teams of CF about the new build features.

R2 is designed to represent a majority of CF barns within their production system, allowing for trial findings to be applied directly to the field. A majority of the research trials run at this site will be focused on feed management, but they also have plans for focuses on antibiotics, vaccines, health inputs and production practices.

“The company’s investment in a new research facility will allow Christensen Farms to be at the leading edge of the industry in areas related to genetics, health, nutrition and production practices,” said Brent Frederick, Director of Research at CF.

CF modeled R2 after their existing research facility, R1, which was built south of Sleepy Eye, Minn. in 2015. Just like R1, research trials are will be run at R2 in the near future, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and equipment specific to feed, water and air, by CF employees who manage the trials and day-to-day care of the animals.

About Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc.

Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota. Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow finish sites. The company employs nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain – from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily’s Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products. Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.