As I end my first week as a Field Representative comes to a close, I wanted to share some of the stops I made with everyone.
I stayed in Indiana this week and got to spend some time with Marty Fordice, Kent Brattain, and Jeff Ramsey.
Marty, Corey, and Lee are busy in the middle if breeding season, like most, however the Fordice crew gave me the behind the scenes tour. After going through the sows we studied the set of Duroc gilts they are working with. I can say I was extremely impressed with the quality of the gilts they have kept back. This firm had a nice run this summer with red hogs, and even revamped the entire herd. If anyone finds themselves shopping for red hogs next spring, the trip to Fordices’ should be well worth it!
I then ran over to Brattain’s to check out a pair of July Moonshine 17-4 York boars. It appears that 17-4 has clicked on the Brattain sows. Kent is working on marketing this boars and doesn’t plan on feeding them for a show. These boars are young but have a real shot! Give Kent or Kalen a call for more info.
Friday I spent the morning with Jeff Ramsey. Jeff didn’t have too many pure litters this go around. However he had the first set of Bone Thugs I have laid eyes on. Jeff’s set are heavy structured, good bodied, and have an awesome look. The set he has in his chip barn now are first of August, he has a younger set that are just as stout. Watch for Jeff at Duncan.
I finished up my week in Tipton, IN at the Hogtoberfest Show. There aren’t many of these fall jackpot shows, but the Hogtoberfest is an awesome way to get a few more shows in for your showman. The Crouch Family and the IJSC run these shows and they are truly second to none!
Make sure to get your Fall Classic entries in to the office this week. The deadline is Friday, October 11th.
Also safe travels to everyone headed to Hambug, NY this week for the Eastern Regional we look forward to seeing you there