Knobloch Family Berks was recognized as the Indiana FFA State Winner – Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award – for 2015 & 2016
Congratulations to Nelson Knobloch on his…
National FFA Organization
2016 Agricultural Proficiency Silver Award
Swine Production Entrepreneurship
Our Herdmark is GNK, and here’s the GNK team in fine form…
A personal note…
As you can see by our business name, we focus on two things: (1) raising high quality Berkshires and (2) serving people with golden rule customer service like family (respecting others like we would like to be treated). First, you’ll see that we have focused our Berkshire breeding program to be excellent on feet and legs, heavy boned, and more opened-up with bigger rib and center body. Our herd boar, Walter (Time Bandit x Making History) generated King Indy at Shipley’s and continues to advance our genetic progress at 4 years of age. We also expanded our boar investments to include Urban Legend (housed here), Manny (at LVS), Neon Cowboy (at LVS), Wheels Up (at Sioux Center AI), and Butch Cassidy (at Sioux Center AI). We have also tried to avoid the temptation of “putting our eggs in one basket” by diversifying the genetic lines of our Berkshire sow herd. Although we stay true to our priorities of soundness, bone, and center capacity, you’ll see highly competitive females with various genetics, including some with meat quality genetics and some without popular sire lines so we can generate out-crosses for Berkshire breeders. Although we are young (8 years raising Berks), we appreciate all our customers who have invested in our genetics. We feel honored and humbled to be part of the Berkshire family.
Speaking of family, we base our customer service on family values of honesty, integrity, and transparency. We follow best practices because we feel it is important to sell pigs that will perform well for our customers. Our pigs have been fed Lindner starter feeds with no extra feed additives. We work closely with Dr. Amy Woods (DVM) and test our herd quarterly for PRRS, Pseudorabies, and Brucellosis. We follow the recommended biosecurity protocol and vaccination program considered as best practices among veterinary medicine to maintain a healthy herd status. All pigs have been wormed with Ivomec and vaccinated with Circumvent PCV M and Rhinogen BPE. We acknowledge we are susceptible to disease, but are actively trying to keep our pigs as healthy as possible for ourselves and our customers. It is an honor for us to serve our customers like family with our golden rule customer service.
2014 American Berkshire Association Litter Recordings & Transfers
#1 Top 5 Jr. Transfers (N = 88)
#2 Top 5 Jr. Litter Recordings (N = 24)
O U R V I S I O N F O R 2 0 1 5
It’s a new year, and Knobloch Family Berks have made some strategic decisions to sharpen their vision.
1. Be a respected Berkshire breeder with a focus on advancing one exciting breed.
2. Advance the Berkshire breed with dual purpose competitive show and meat quality genetics.
3. Develop leadership in three young entrepreneurs who represent the GNK herdmark.