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Jack Sommers

Jack grew up on his family’s farm near Urbana, Ohio. There he started in the pig business with his father, raising purebred Spotted Poland China pigs for sale as breeding stock to other farmers in the 1950’s and 60’s.  After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1968, he began work as a County Extension Agent serving first as 4-H agent to Fayette County and later Agriculture agent to Champaign County.  After moving back to the family farm in 1982, he started back in the pig business. Starting with 40 commercial sows, later he began purchasing weaned pigs for the commercial operation and added Purebred Berkshire breeding stock to become the first producer of Saddleberk Pork.  Having retired from the Extension Service, he now raises nearly 8000 commercial pigs per year along with his Purebred Berkshire production and 750 acres of crop production.  He and his wife Mary still reside at the home farm his grandfather purchased 80 years ago. 

 

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John Sommers

John grew up working on the family farm and learned the hog business by working in the barns and fields.  He was involved in 4-H and FFA and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Animal Sciences.   While pursuing a career in swine nutrition, he continues with the family business.