Hord Family Farms is living proof of the old proverb, “From small beginnings come great things.”
When Robert Hord, the grandfather of current Hord Family Farm’s CEO and president, Pat, decided to start farming on his own, he was given 10 gilts by the farmer he had been working for.
From the humble beginnings of those 10 gilts in the 1940s, Hord Family Farms has grown over the years to today’s level of 28,000 sows. This growth hasn’t been just for the sake of growth. Each step has been a calculated move with one eye on the future, but also holding true to the past and the rich Hord family history.
Matt Davis, Hord Family Farms chief operating officer, says his time with the Hord family can be measured by years or in sows. “We had 1,000 sows when I started, and now with the new sow farm coming online soon, the system will be at 28,000 sows. … When I started I don’t think Pat would have put a number of 28,000 sows by 2018, nor will a sow number be put on where the operation will be in five to 10 years. The philosophy from day one is that we’ll continue to grow, but not at the sacrifice of performance. Never lower our expectations or lower our production just to say we gained a few more sows.”