We have a small family farm. Normally, we have 8-10 Hampshires, a Duroc, and three Crossbred sows in production. Typically, we buy interest in a top Hampshire boar, each year, and use AI from the best boars available. We also have used some frozen semen and old-line genetics to experiment and try to increase genetic diversity in today’s Hampshire lines and use proven sires we like or admire for productivity. We have 30 acres of cropland that is farmed by our neighbor using organic production practices and a few cows we own in partnership to raise show calves.
Carl Kent & Sons Showpigs began in 1974 in Pottsboro, Texas. The family consists of Carl and Joyce Kent, Blair and Jessica Kent, Brandon and Mondi Kent, and Brian and Tammy Kent. There are six grandchildren (Morgan, Henlie, Kyler, Hayden, Barrett and Ryder)! The farm consists of 40 showpig producing females and 6-8 boars on stud!
My name is Chris Fischbacher, and I’m 32 years old. Ilive in Wildorado, Texas. I have been married for 7 years to my wife, Steelee, and we have two kids, Mattlee and Case. I started raising pigs when I was a kid in 4-H, and I have been doing it full-time since 2011. We currently have about 50 sows and a dozen boars. We primarily raise crosses and Yorks, but we also have a few Spots, Durocs and Berks.
Kirk Swanson is known for having a gift when it comes to breeding a selecting livestock. His talents created the legendary sire Hillbilly Bone. If you ask Kirk about his industry success, he will be quick to tell you it’s due to many lessons he learned from mentors along the way. Kirk shared one such lesson with the Showpig.com team.
I’m Will Winter and a third generation WTX. I live on the farm with my wife, Marisa, son Monster (Colter) and 2-1 (Sutton). We operate Wintex with Dad. We run 4.5 acres of showpig and purebred sows and roughly 30 boars. We row crop farm and are starting to attempt to raise club calves (because we had free time).
I grew up on a diversified livestock operation and was very involved with showing livestock through 4-H, FFA and other junior programs such as the NJSA. I attended Fort Scott Community College as well as Iowa State University (ISU) where I was a member of the Livestock Judging Team. After graduation at ISU, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return back to Missouri and oversee the showpig portion of Team Sloan Livestock. I am also part owner of Apex Sires that’s located in Indiana, as well as an advocate for Linder United.
The Showpig.com team caught up with David Korb of Korb Farms, Ohio, amid all the excitement following their record-busting Yorkshire boar sale at the Summer Type Conference, and this is “How They Work.”
The Showpig.com team asked legendary swine auctioneer Col. Dan Baker to recall some of the greatest lessons he has learned along the way. He wrote this account of some words of advice that have followed him through the decades.
There aren’t many hats in the swine industry that Ernie Barnes hasn’t donned at one time or another. From his humble beginnings showing and judging swine as a 4-H’er in Mississippi, Barnes has served as a field representative for the American Yorkshire Club and the executive secretary of the American Landrace Association, before landing in the National Pork Producer’s Council. Throw in a stint as a swine pharmaceutical sales representative and a buyer for a packer, and it’s safe to say Barnes knows this great industry inside and out.