Meet Casey Lobdell, the guy that keeps the train on the tracks!
Q: How many years have you been showing/raising hogs?A: Family has raised sheep and we were looking for another livestock species for our county fair action. I showed my first fair pig in 4th grade. My dad suggested we get some gilts as an SAE project in 7th grade. Little did he know how it would grow. From farrowing in the old milking parlor to a Double L - it’s a 4-H project gone wild.
Q: Favorite breed?
A: Spot - they were something different and a family friend in the county raised some pretty darn good ones.
Q: What is your favorite past show pig?
A: Crossbred Cowboy gilt from the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair. She was the first to help us feel like we were doing something right.
Q: Why did you start raising pigs or choose to become involved?
A: I’ve always had a breeder mindset. I believe in making the next generation better. It’s not about mating champions, but making what you have better. Finding success along the way is the fun part. The breeders that I work with to make mating decisions are some of my favorite conversations. It’s what keeps me excited- making the next generation for kids.
Q: Favorite job on the farm?
A: Heat checking and breeding
Q: Fun fact related to pigs that people may not know about you.
A: Our first two gilts were a complete disaster. Maybe a sign? We kept going because the breeder gave us a free one after that. Since then, I’ve become a better herdsman and learned a lot.