Farmer in Iowa

Our operation is a family business with three generations working at times together to get the job done, whatever that may be.


You can find three generations working at any one time on the Blackford-Osterman Farm. They started raising hogs for Niman Ranch in 1996, and are raising them the same way they did when Carolyn Osterman was just a child. They have anywhere from 50 to 100 sows and sell us about 700-900 hogs a year, as they are farrow to finish. They raise a number of different crops: corn, using the kernel to grind their own feed and the stalks for bedding; soybeans, which they sell as seed beans; oats for feed; and straw and alfalfa for bedding.