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Hospital purchases hog at fair auction

Hudson Hospital and Clinic purchased a hog at the St. Croix County Fair this year. Nutrition Services Manager Jean Weiler, left, poses with hog owner Jim Buttles of Wilson.

After learning about Hudson Hospital & Clinics' sustainable nutrition efforts and buy local initiatives in the Hudson Star-Observer, Rachel and Mitchell Anderson from Hudson's Rolling Hills 4-H Club, contacted Hudson Hospital & Clinics Nutrition Services Manager Jean Weiler.

"They were excited about the hospital's efforts to buy local food and wanted to tell me about the St. Croix County Fair and the meat auction at the fair," said Weiler. "Prior to the fair last month, Rachel sent me information about the fair, how the auction is held and the typical weight and prices for the animals.

"Buying from the 4-H at the St. Croix County Fair is an opportunity to purchase local, support youth in our community, and support the community through using a local meat processor."

The hog that was purchased is from Sunnyside/Shamrocks 4-H in Wilson. The young man who raised the hog is Jim Buttles.

When an animal is purchased through the auction, the purchaser selects a processing company. Hudson Hospital selected Olson's meats in Woodville. The processor takes the animal after the fair for slaughter and process. The processor contacts the purchaser about the type and size of cuts and how to package. With a hog, some of the meat is smoked for bacon or ham so there is an additional process. The meat will be available in a few weeks for Hudson Hospital's Nutrition Services to serve patients, staff and visitors.

"Going to the auction was really fun and a great learning experience!" said Weiler.