Introducing our next Bred Gilt Prospect…
Berkshire Miss Magic 14-4
(Walter x Cobra)
Miss Magic 14-4 is a True Breeding Piece. Miss Magic is a grand daughter of our foundation female (Miss Magic 6-12) that generated King Indy and many other females in our herd, including Cobra’s dam (Miss Magic 23-3 – Gary Coleman x Walk The Dog). Cobra (Hostile x Gary Coleman x Walk The Dog) is a boar we raised and he was a grandson of our foundation female (Miss Magic 6-12). The dam of 14-4 was the result of lining up Cobra with his Grandma (Miss Magic 6-12). Cobra is a son of Hostile Takeover who was #1 for the PORQUE Award (Meat Quality Progeny Test) in 2014. Our herd boar, Walter, was #4 for the PORQUE Award in 2013. The GNK team thought it was time to line up Walter with a Cobra daughter and Miss Magic 14-4 is the result of this mating. She has a meat quality pedigree that has genetic lines that have been tested. She has impeccable structure and flexibility of her mother. She has bone, big feet and wide-spread toes, and a massive top with plenty of blade and butt. She has excellent skeleton and the frame size that should make her a productive sow. This gem is one of the result of 6+ years of breeding progress by three young entrepreneurs. Some people question if you can make Berks that are highly competitive, productive–both maternally and terminally, with excellent meat quality (…pork that you can eat with a fork and no knife). Miss Magic 14-4 is an example of the Berkshire female and pedigree we strive to generate. The GNK architects are still considering who to breed her to, but we are planning to sell her bred to a boar that will get you excited about ownership!
Dam of 14-4
Sire & Grand Sire of 14-4
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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 (7 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 consider ourselves fortunate to be PEDv and PRRS negative. 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.