Missouri pig museum looks to be the world's largest

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, October 29 2016 Oct 29, 2016 Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:33:00 PM CDT October 29, 2016 in News
By: Amanda Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — A Missouri farmer is close to having the world’s largest pig museum.

Cindy Brenneke is the owner of Where Pigs Fly Farm in Linn, Missouri. The farm is open to the public every Wednesday through Sunday.

But Brenneke will be the first to admit this wasn’t her life plan.

“I moved off of the farm and swore I would never go back and my little brother always told me, 'oh you’ll be back' and I always said 'when pigs fly,'” Brenneke said.

The farm is also home to the United States’ only pig museum. It is currently the second largest in the world, next to one in Germany.

But Brenneke has big plans for the museum.

“I anticipate that, by the end of the year, we will probably have the largest in the world,” Brenneke said.

After her farm was featured on an Arizona radio station, Brenneke got her first donation of collectible pigs from Ross Honsa’s family.

“He had gotten cancer and passed away and his dying wish was for his collection to go somewhere that the public could view it,” Brenneke said.

At the time, Brenneke lived in Owensville, Missouri. But as the pigs kept flying in, she realized she needed a bigger farm.

Initially, she did not want to move.

“I was like 'oh no Lord I’m not moving all these pigs,'” Brenneke said.

But five days after saying that, she had an approved loan and signed off on a contract to buy her current farm in Linn.

Now Brenneke hopes her farm and the museum is honoring the Honsa’s wishes.

The museum has travelers from across the nation and its volunteers are pleased to see visitors enjoy its uniqueness.

“Every time, for as many times I’ve been out here, every time I see something brand new,” volunteer Aaron Richards said.

The museum currently has more than 30,000 different types of pigs, including some from the Babe movie's pig collection. Brenneke has had donations from all across the country, from Oregon to Maine.

Germany’s pig museum currently has a little over 42,000 different pig artifacts. Brenneke is expecting donations later this month from Indiana to help her get closer to overtaking the one in Germany.

[Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly named a volunteer Aaron Stephens. The volunteer's name is Aaron Richards.]

More News

Grid
List
JACKSON COUNTY - Authorities have identified the body recovered from Blind Pony Lake earlier this week as Jackson County resident... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 4:50:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police have identified a body found in north Columbia Thursday as an infant less than one year old.... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:16:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As students start at or return to school, enrollment at Columbia Public schools continues to rise. The... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart with loaded weapons and wearing body armor acknowledges... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:44:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri election officials are defending how they handled a petition to put new abortion restrictions... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:32:57 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri police arrested a man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman, then... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:09:48 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — UPDATE: Police have found the body Sylvia Ussery-Pearson, according to our sister station KSHB . ... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:55:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 37-year-old Missouri man is charged with kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:39:20 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An attorney says a 74-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after a Missouri police officer... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered sweeping changes to how Missouri's parole board treats prisoners sentenced... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:10:53 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a... More >>
3 days ago Thursday, August 15 2019 Aug 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 8:16:00 AM CDT August 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — UPDATE: Troopers have cancelled an endangered SILVER advisory issued Wednesday. the man is home and safe. ... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:08:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Licensed at-home day care providers met Wednesday, Aug. 14 to voice their concerns with Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch.... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:18:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia population increased today as college students started to move back for the school year. More people... More >>
3 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:48:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia dog owners shouldn't worry much about blue-green algae because there has been only one incident in 30... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:41:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Owners of McLanks restaurant are cleaning up after someone shattered a window overnight. "We don't have any... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:46:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A case about the University of Missouri system's restriction on employees having concealed firearms on campus started its... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:10:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed a stalking charge against a former Hickman High School choir director on Friday. The charge... More >>
4 days ago Wednesday, August 14 2019 Aug 14, 2019 Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:58:00 PM CDT August 14, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
5pm 89°
6pm 88°
7pm 85°
8pm 81°