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.

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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.