When Jack and Kay’s daughter, Pam (Fender) Bushelman decided she wanted to show pigs in 1984, the operation started with 10 show pig-oriented sows. In the last 33 years, the family has grown the operation to approximately 90 total sows. We now farrow crossbred, duroc, spot and york litters from December – March, July and August.
The sows, along with the family grain operation is currently owned and operated by their son Gary, his wife Connie and daughter Tonya. Although now retired, Jack and Kay still help around the farm as much as they can.
Over the years we have built relationships with our customers, as they are more than just customers to us, they are family. We take pride in working with each family we do business with. One of our main goals is to keep in touch on a regular basis during the show season!
Never hesitate to call or text us with any questions as we look forward to working with you!
2019 Farm Update:
Unsure how the 2019 show season sped by us so quickly and here we are gearing up for farrowing season already!
We will start farrowing in December and finish up in March! It will be a jammed packed few months around the farm, but it is so worth it! If you enjoy picture updates of the little ones once they are here, tune into Tonya’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.
We sell show feed on a self-serve basis, so you can stop in for feed pick-up whenever it is convenient for you! We have some exciting changes coming in 2020!
It is our top priority to keep all of our facilities clean and in tip-top conditions throughout the year. We also work with Four Star Veterinary Services in Farmland, Indiana to ensure we use all the necessary vaccinations and precautions for our show-pig operation herd health management.
2019 Family Update:
Gary made his annual trip out west this year in September before harvest started! He was able to bag a bear in Colorado. The crops were waiting to be harvested when he got home, and we had a safe and bountiful harvest season at Fender Farms!
Connie is the boss of the farrowing house and she spends many hours tending to the baby pigs in their first few weeks of life. We would be lost without her patience and care for the little ones! When she is not in the farrowing facilities in the winter/ early spring, you can find her watching Ohio State Football or the University of Kentucky basketball!
This is Tonya’s fourth year back on the farm full-time. Tonya graduated from The Ohio State University in the spring of 2015 with her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communication and minor in Production Agriculture. She is a previous member of the colligate livestock judging programs at both OSU and Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois. Her colligate judging career has served as a strong foundation for her new passion to be in the show ring, but now as the judge instead of the showman. She also enjoys working for showpig.com.
We gained another farmhand this year- Jade the corgi. She joins Cash the border collie and Jagger the corgi. They enjoy working on the farm with us everyday! Stay tuned in a couple years, we hope Jade and Jagger will make some beautiful puppies!
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We look forward to hearing from you in 2020!