David Herring of Lillington was elevated to president of the National Pork Producers Council at the organization’s annual meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held March 7-8 in Orlando, Fla.
Herring will serve alongside A.V. Roth, a pork producer from Wauseka, Wis., who was named president-elect of the organization, and Jen Sorenson, with Iowa Select Farms, who was elected NPPC vice president.
Herring is vice president of Hog Slat, a family-owned enterprise that manufactures hog farming equipment, and of TDM Farms, a hog production business.
Along with his two brothers, Herring established TDM Farms in 1983, introducing the business as a feeder pig operation. Today, TDM Farms is a sow farrow-to-finish operation, with farms in North Carolina, Illinois and Indiana.
The operation has roughly 18,000 sows in its own facilities and in contract breeder farms throughout North Carolina. Pigs are sent to farms in the Midwest to be finished. The family operation markets about 500,000 hogs annually.
In addition to managing the hog production enterprise, Herring oversees 1,100 acres of cropland, on which corn, soybeans, wheat and hay are raised.
Herring received an associate degree in livestock management from North Carolina State University. He also is a graduate of NPPC’s Public Policy Leadership Institute and previously served as president of the North Carolina Pork Council.