The Hord family is in it's 5th generation of family farming, with over 100 years of farming heritage. Hord Farms is a pig, cow and grain farm. Our team of talented individuals and growing partners strive to raise our animals with care, and utilize modern and advanced farming practices to be efficient and sustainable.
We raise our pigs from birth to market, and feed them a hormone-free, predominately plant-based diet consisting primarily of corn and soybeans. Our feed may also include wheat or barley, and has vitamins and minerals added to balance dietary requirements for each stage of growth.
The pigs are born in a birthing barn, where each sow (mother pig) has individual quarters to birth her piglets and to adequately provide nourishment for her young. At around three weeks of age, the pigs are weaned from the sow and placed in a nursery with other piglets their age.
After outgrowing the nursery, the pigs take a ride to the growing barn, where they are happy to roam their pens and eat freely until they reach market weight.
Along with raising animals comes the responsibility of having to feed them. On our farm, we primarily grow corn, soybeans, wheat, hay, and barley. Since we do not grow all of the grain that we need, we purchase from our farming neighbors, too. We are able to partner with our farming friends, and still meet our needs to feed our animals.
Our cattle are raised from feeder to market and are fed a diet of grasses and hays, supplemented with grains and minerals.
The cattle are purchased from other cattle farms and are raised in open-air barns on fresh bedding. To further promote sustainability on our farms, our cattle location is powered by solar power!
WHAT'S OUR GOAL?
To be agricultural stewards with Christian values thoroughly
entrenched in our business.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Feeding families through sustainable food production.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
Through: Trust, Innovation, Care, Empowerment and Courage.
Duane & Inez
Duane attended Holmes Liberty High School, where he graduated in 1963. He earned the rank of State Farmer in FFA. He served in the Ohio National Guard from 1964-1971. After high school, he worked at Swan Rubber and General Electric while farming part-time. Later in 1966, he began farming full time along with his father, Robert M. Hord. In 1966, he married Inez. After many years of hard work and dedication, the company was incorporated as Hord Livestock in 1979. Duane and Inez have 4 children and many grand (and great grand!) children.
Today, Duane and Inez still continue to be active in our family farm, and enjoy spending time in the rolling hills of Wayne County, Ohio, as well as Southwest Florida.
Pat & Janel
Professionally, Pat serves as President of Hord Family Farms. Outside of our business, he also serves on several advisory committees for non-profit organizations and is actively involved in the county and local economic development initiatives.
Janel, the fourth generation of her family to farm, married Patrick in 1988. While attending college classes, Janel worked alongside her husband in the farming operations. Janel graduated with a degree from The Ohio State University and started working on the farm shortly after.
Janel currently holds a board seat for the Ohio Pork Producers Council and is actively involved with many other local boards. Along with many other community affairs, Janel organizes our charitable giving and community-building organization, HORD Cares.
Pat and Janel have been married for over 30 years and have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. They highly value faith, family and community. The Hords reside on their family farm near Bucyrus, Ohio.
In 1905, Guy L. Hord purchased a tract of land that would begin the lineage of the Hord family farming in North-central Ohio. Over his lifetime, he grew to tend to over 500 acres, farming row crops, a fruit orchard and hogs that helped feed his family of twelve children.
Robert M. Hord was one of Guy's twelve children that never lost his "itch" to farm and in 1946, Robert M. began farming with 140 acres of rented land and ten hogs of his own. From the first litters of those ten hogs, he raised 82 pigs within a wooded lot. At this time, there was a ceiling on hog prices at 16-18 cents per pound because of World War II. Just before those hogs were to be sold, the ceiling was lifted because the war had ended. Robert received 32 cents per pound and used the profit to make the down payment on our Marion-Melmore Road Farm, which was the birthplace of the business, in 1948.
The hog business continued to be an integral part of our diversified operations as Robert’s son Duane joined the family business. Duane built several buildings and purchased more sows for continued operations. During this time, our row crop farm also grew significantly to include 2800 acres. This enabled the family to use their grain to feed the increasing number of swine. At the height of this expansion in 1979, Robert, Ruth, Duane, and Inez decided to incorporate their family enterprise, thus establishing Hord Livestock Co., Inc.
In 1987, Duane’s son, Patrick, entered the operation, focusing his efforts on the swine business. As the swine industry continued to grow more and more competitive, the family had tough decisions to make, but decided to enhance their operational strategies and expand, so that they too could remain competitive. Pat and Duane added several thousand head of sows and significant amounts of infrastructure to grow the business.
Today, Patrick's daughter, Colleen, and son, Phil, have now entered the business, and our family has expanded to include hundreds of team members and growing partners and thousands of row crops and animals. We continue to utilize the latest technologies and animal husbandry practices, and are dedicated to ensuring production of quality grain and protein products that you'd feel comfortable feeding your family. Throughout time we have increased our knowledge and understanding of animals and agriculture and strive to be the best at what we do each day. We are dedicated to ensuring sustainable production to feed families for many years to come.
AT THE FARM
Does the possibility of working on the farm excite you? We're looking for people that are just as passionate about it as we are! We believe that our people are at the core of our success as a business in today's world and economy. Without our 200+ member team, we could not carry out our mission, to feed families through sustainable food production. Click to learn more.