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How They Work :: Lackey Livestock

Thursday, May 16, 2019

How They Work Showpig News

Lackey Livestock, located in Haskell, Texas, has been producing quality commercial and show stock for years. Like so many who grow up showing livestock, Jason’s passion for the swine industry has led to an operation that now consists of approximately 80 sows made up of Crosses, Yorks, Hamps, Durocs and Chesters. Their proudest accomplishments to date are their sons Weston (born June, 2008) and Grant (born August, 2010). Jason and Jackie are excited to pursue their livestock interests and raise their family in an industry they love. With their sale being hosted on today, we wanted to sit down and found out just exactly How They Work with Jason Lackey.

What is your goal at Lackey Livestock, when raising showpigs?

To consistently raise hogs that will enable our exhibitors to be competitive year after year.  Our vision to build better pigs is very specific in terms of the way we like them constructed, and we hope that is noticeable and remains positive for exhibitors and other breeders who have used hogs in our program.

What’s the first thing you look at when viewing sales on Why?

Breeder reputation, pedigree of the pig, and how their hind leg sits in the picture.

One word that best describes how you work: 


What is your most important gadget or electronic device? Why?

Iphone.  It’s my phone, computer, radio, etc..

What websites, apps or tools can’t you live without? Why? 

Google Sheets for all things business, the Podcast App for listening throughout the day, and the Weather Channel.

What do you listen to while you work? 

Lots of Sports Radio. 

What is the secret to your success? (or at least one you would share)

Treat everyone equally.  We do our best to answer every call and text and offer help to our customers 24/7.

How do you keep from getting burned out with the day-to-day? 

It seems like what we do offers a new challenge with every waking day.  The excitement of our customers and kids keeps us upbeat and excited about the future.

What is your favorite and least-favorite chore?

I like feeding sows and watching them eat.  Anything to do with a power washer would be pretty low on my list.

How long does it take you to picture, sort and write a description for ONLY one pig in an online sale? 

15-20 minutes.  I’m not the most patient picture taker, but the more we take, the more small tricks I learn to not get in a fight with a pig.

Describe your ideal customer.

Anyone who wants to be a teammate.  I learn as much from them as they learn from me.  As long as we can all be selfless in the process, everyone can win.

What do you find most satisfying after a long day in the barn?


Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Todd Byers answer these same questions.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

Don’t get far enough out of bounds that you can’t get back in.  My Grandpa

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