"My family has been involved with agriculture for many generations.
have had this farm in Olsburg since 1964. We are a diversified farm,
raising purebred hogs, purebred Angus cattle and various crops.
worked with pigs and cattle since my 4-H projects in the mid 1960's.
Following graduation from Kansas State University in 1975 I worked
another purebred swine breeder for 5 years. Amy (my wife) and I
move back to the farm in Olsburg in 1981.
The bloodlines of our Duroc pigs go back to a few select sows from
breeder I worked for. He had raised Purebred Durocs since the 1940's.
are small in comparison to most pork producers. We have 65 purebred
and Yorkshire sows. Of the 65 sows, 30 of them are Durocs. The Yorkshires
are noted for their Maternal traits and the Duroc are noted for
growth rate and excellent carcass traits. They are also noted for
muscle quality and good eating quality. We have been performance
since our start and only select the best of the best to be breeders
herd. We are now placing extra emphasis on selecting Duroc pigs
that have superior muscle quality. In our effort to do so, we are
bringing in some
old lines from the 80's. We will evaluate what they can offer to
We feel that they may even further advance our effort to produce
tasting pork. We primarily sell to other small to medium sized producers.
The producers purchase pigs from us because they trust the good
level of our herd, and the attention to detail and quality that
able to employ in our small herd.
In recent years, with the evolution of large, mega swine farms,
has resisted the trend to grow large. We choose not to follow that
because we feel that true quality is achieved by working with detail
care in breeding our hogs, not just cranking numbers and pounds
off of the
farm. Because of the trend of larger and larger swine operations,
remaining our size is difficult because, as with many businesses
we are in an era of low margin and high volume.
We are proud of our place in the farm economy and hope that we
continue to serve the producers that have been true to us over the
We feel that the family farm has been a true asset to America and
strive to work together with our fellow producers to remain a viable
of the future. We have a strong commitment to produce pigs that
are of the
highest quality possible. The pigs that we are raising are not fed
antibiotics. All pigs are registered and all ancestry is tracked
making our breeding decisions."