Really Farms was started in 2000, when my wife and I got married. We both had been raised on cattle farms, so naturally we went into cattle farming. After years of raising commercial cattle, we slowly changed our herd to Registered Angus. At one point we were wintering over 50 commercial and registered cows. Since we had young children, we culled for behavior first then production traits. Over the years we grew a very productive herd that was very calm and friendly. Since it seemed like we were fencing new pastures all of the time, in 2006 we started a small farm fence installation business. It grew over the years and after expanding the business to include fence sales and animal feed, we eventually out grew our little farm shop. In 2009 we opened our first farm store and two years later opened our second location. One day we were moving cattle to a new pasture and my wife asked how many cows and calves there was supposed to be, and I didn’t know anymore. At that time we had to face the fact that there was not enough time in the day to manage two farm store locations and a cattle herd. So we contacted a local farmer and offered to sell our entire registered herd to him. Many years went into that herd, but he later told us that they were the calmest herd of cows that he had been around. As our girls grew up and became active in 4-H , sports and seemed like every activity they could sign up for, we again were faced with another problem, we were too busy with the business to enjoy our kids. After a lot of late night discussions we decided to close both stores and focus on raising three great kids and letting them have some of the experiences we enjoyed as kids being raised on the farm. That is when we decided we were going to expose them to all kinds of farm animals. We first bought meat goats and tried raising them, that was not a success, God did not put us on this earth to raise goats. After going through about every other farm animal, we became interested in heritage hogs. We researched different heritage breeds and that is when we decided on Gloucestershire Old Spots. We found a local farmer that had registered stock and we purchased our first GOS gilt. Later we found another gilt in Pennsylvania and a boar in Kentucky. Now we were on our way, next we added another couple sows from Massachusetts and then a boar from West Virginia. Since our background was in cattle, it took us a little while to figure the best way to manage them on a farm that was set up for cattle. We have continued to change our pasture mixes and practices to adapt to our herd. We have since added new genetics to include all of the color groups. Our main focus has changed from just raising heritage hogs, to raising very productive registered Gloucestershire Old Spots with low coefficients that will benefit the breed.
The girls helping freeze brand the cows.