UNIFY 50-2 is a boar that we raised and held onto for a year before we started to realize his true worth. Quite often breeders aren’t patient enough to understand the actual value of an individual until they are gone. We simply kept him around because of the females in his pedigree. His mother is carrying her 7th litter while his grandmother was 11th parity sow and her two littermate sisters were 8th parity sows. We now have farrowed five of his sisters and to say each has passed the test would be an understatement. As gilts they have averaged 11.3 weaned pigs per litter with an average weaning weight of 16.5lb pig.
Our breeding program has maintained our focus on longevity and production and UNIFY represents ALL of that. His true value you cannot view with the naked eye. Generations of patience and dedication for what the Yorkshire breed was built upon. Limited semen available.
UNITED 46-2 is a boar we raised and utilized as we continue to make Yorkshire females. Our breeding philosophy has focused on keeping boars from our elite sows that have proven themselves. UNITED’s mother is an eleventh parity sow that is exactly that. Her pedigree has several of our best sows lined up and goes back to boar name UNIT ONE 12-5 whom we sold to a commercial operation. He ranked in the top 1% of the Yorkshire breed for Maternal Line and Sow Productivity Index.
UNITED not only has a proven pedigree, but excels phenotypically. He is level, square, athletic and knows he’s a boar! Use him with confidence, limited semen available.
Teach Me 65-3 is no accidental mating. By design, he has several great sows behind him. His mother, Miss Turk 47-10 pictured below and on our website, is a 6th parity sow still in production. His grandmother was a 7th parity sow. His great-great grandmother, Miss Turk 18-8, also pictured on our website, was an 8th parity sow and is in his pedigree twice. See the trend? I can rant and rave describing him in every detail and feature using fancy word but view the hog for what he is. Know that there is SO much more behind him than what you simply see in this picture.
His sire, Moontime 25-3, also by design has several great sows behind him and comes from a breeder, Jerry Huffington, whom I have the utmost respect for not only as a hog breeder but as a person. His integrity, patience and dedication to his livelihood is second to none.
The first time I visited Quality Swine Farm, Jerry showed me a pen of boars and talked at quite length about a specific boar he was extremely high on and recently sold. He went on to describe him and the only reason he sold him was because the boar had a shorter inside rear toe. I asked him where the boar was now curious to know more about this hog he had elaborated about.
His reply, “I sold him.”
As we moved on to the next pen, I quickly asked him again for clarification to as where he sold the boar? His reply, “I sold him last week.”
I asked again, “I know but where did he go, who bought him.”
He responded again more sternly this time, “I shipped him!”
Wow, I was shocked. Here was a hog I could tell he thought a lot of but couldn’t come to terms with selling him to another breeder when he simply couldn’t endorse the hog himself. That conversation has stuck with me since that day. We need more breeders like Jerry.
We all want good looking livestock, but at what sacrifice? We should never be satisfied with mediocrity but also patient enough to evaluate and yet honest with ourselves.
This is what Teach Me 65-3 represents. Patience with the process in what we are doing and honesty with ourselves. He isn’t perfect but he is really good because of what he represents- a long term vision/plan without having to sacrifice anything the Yorkshire breed should exemplify.
Easy to say, hard to do.