A small family farm in Northeast Missouri that specializes in raising registered Hereford hogs for breeding and meat sales. The hogs are raised using old fashioned practices of open sheds and fenced in pastures and lots. No growth hormones are used.
In addition to raising the heritage breed of Hereford hogs, the Primmer's have a herd of black and red Angus cattle, Duroc hogs, and Poland China hogs. Their farming philosophy is "big is not always better" and they choose to concentrate on small herds while using humane practices.
The Hereford breed of hog originated in Northeast Missouri and Iowa in the early 1900's. Both Poland China and Duroc blood lines were used to develop a hog whose color markings resembled the red and white markings of Hereford cattle. In 1931 the National Hereford Hog Assocation was organized. Hereford Hogs are listed on the watch list by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy as having fewer than 2,500 annual registrations in the United States. Herefords are known for their docile disposition, maternal emotions, weaning large litters, good foragers, and producing high quality meat.
Sows and gilts are farrowed at the Primmer Farm twice a year during the spring and fall. Registered breeding stock is available for sale along with show pigs.
Pictured Above: A barrow bought from the Primmer family that received Reserve Grand Champion at the Missouri State Fair
Individual cuts of USDA inspected pasture raised pork is available for sale year round either at the farm located eight miles east of Kirksville, retail outlets, or during the summer at the Kirksville Farmers Market. Whole or half hogs are also available for purchase. Contact by email for current offerings and price list at email@example.com