After much deliberation, Dad and I have made the difficult decision to disperse of our long-standing Hampshire sow herd.
Our herd was established in 1962 and has been the primary focus of our farming operation since that time. In 2015, we decided to develop a part of the farm where our hog enterprise has been located since the late sixties for small acreage home sites. We had hoped that effort and maintaining our hog operation could be compatible on our 120 acre farm. However, in spite of the fact that we have greatly reduced our sow herd, potential home owners have been reluctant to build on an operating hog farm. Therefore, we believe it is reasonable to change our operation and cease production on that farm.
Hampshires have been our passion for over six decades and we are confident our current sow herd is, in fact, as genetically powerful and valuable to our fellow breeders as it has been at any time in our history. This website will detail our sow families, the recent record of accomplishments by our customers and the genetic impact by our breeding stock in other herds recently.
We plan 3 online sales through Showpig.com. The dates are Wednesday, November 23rd, Monday December 12th, and Monday February 6th. The majority of the sales will feature bred females. In addition, our 2016 replacement gilts will be offered as open gilts in the final two sales. This is a true dispersal sale; we are offering our entire Hampshire sow herd. We are confident the genetics from this offering can continue to make a positive contribution to the Hampshire breed in their new herds for many years to come.
In addition to the information listed above, we will include on this site each individual being offered in the next sale two weeks prior to that sale date. We also plan dedicated delivery routes nationally for each sale and that information will be posted on this site and the individual sale sites.
We believe this method of dispersing the genetics from our herd will afford an open and equal opportunity for all Hampshire enthusiasts to share in our lifetime effort to bring improvement to this great breed of livestock.
Don and Mark Peter