We are Andra and Daniel Johnson. We started with three crossbred feeder pigs. According to the internet, if you raise three pigs, sell two, put one in your freezer, the selling of the two is supposed to cover the cost of raising three. We enjoyed it enough, we expanded and decided to breed, raise pigs as feeder or butcher pigs, and sell piglets for people to raise as Fair Show Pigs. Hereford hogs are not very prevalent in southern states, but more common in the Midwest. Currently, Indiana has the most registered breeders, with Ohio and Michigan next. To our knowledge, there are only two other Hereford hog breeders in Arkansas. One is in Ashflat near Jonesboro and the other east of Greenwood. We are the third breeders.
All Natural Grain Fed Hogs
One of our goals is to educate people about Hereford Hogs. We have met many people who have never heard of let alone seen a Hereford Hog. Another goal is to raise an all natural grain fed hog. The recipe we are currently using is one we designed ourselves. It consists of corn meal, soybean meal, rice bran, rolled oats along with added calcium, phosphorus, salt, pig mineral (trace minerals and vitamins), vegetable oil as well as added lysine, methionine and threonine. We sometimes add a little garlic granule to the feed, which helps boost their immune system and gives their food a little extra flavor they don’t always get. They will also get extra eggs from our free-range chickens and vegetable scraps from the garden. They will not get any table scraps, meat of any kind, or blood meal, fish meal, or bone meal like what you may find in some commercialized feeds. They also will not be given any growth hormone, steroids or antibiotics on a regular basis to induce growth.
Information on Our Breeding Stock
We have a gilt whose sire was a full littermate to the 2015 Indiana and Ohio Grand Champion Buckeye. We do have a new boar, Okie. He is currently 3 1/2 months old as of Jan 7. His sire is Rapid Fire who was the Grand Champion and Top Selling Hereford Boar at the 2015 CPS Summer Type Conference. We are expecting his first litters fall of 2018.
How We Transport our Hogs
This is our pig-mobile.