We are focused on raising great livestock for an even bigger purpose: the families and youth behind them. It is our belief that the pig is the tool used for the greater good of raising young people who have a passion for agriculture; therefore, we strive to produce consistent litters that are successful for the families that purchase them.
The Journey: Fall 2019 Breeder Spotlight
Todd grew up in Central Illinois, where his family raised commercial swine and cattle, and farmed corn and soybeans. He exhibited swine competitively on the local, state and national level beginning in junior high. His older brother, Brett, purchased a couple red sows from Somerset Farm, Indiana, when he moved back to Illinois and that started the brothers’ Duroc operation. After graduating high school, Todd attended Lake Land Junior College to judge livestock. He then transferred to Texas A&M University where he judged and then went on to coach the 2007 National Champion Livestock Judging Team at Texas Tech University with Ryan Rathmann while completing his master’s degree. A former county extension agent, Todd is currently employed by Bryant Grain Premium Advantage show feeds as their swine feed specialist.
While at Texas A&M, Todd met Moriah who grew up in the Texas Hill Country on a ranch focused on the production of Southdown and Finewool club lambs. Her experiences in livestock judging, showing and 4-H activities led her to Texas A&M University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Texas A&M, she was a member of a National Champion Wool Judging Team and a National Champion Livestock Judging Team — earning second high individual at Louisville. After graduation, she moved to Lubbock and completed a master’s degree at Texas Tech University where she now works as an adviser in the Department of Animal and Food sciences.
In 2009, their operation began with the purchase of a purebred Yorkshire gilt, and they began to develop their crossbred program by laying in key sows from breeders across the country. In 2012, they were presented with the opportunity to breed and farrow a Chester gilt with Biggs Livestock. In her first litter, the gilt produced the 2013 Reserve Champion Chester Gilt at the CTBR [Certified Texas Bred] show in San Angelo shown by Bryce Reese. They purchased the gilt from Bryce through the Star’s Sale for $1,100 and affectionately named her ‘MJ’ because her lot number in the sale was 23, and Todd was a Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan fan growing up in Illinois.” ‘MJ’ quickly became the foundation of the Chester program. In her first litter, she produced the Champion WOPB barrow at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and the 2014 Champion Chester gilt at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. In her last litter, she produced ‘First Take’ a boar sold to Crossroads genetics that was the premier Chester sire in 2017. They have continued to build their program around key Chester sows in the breed and have success at state and national shows.