Even those who have never owned a hog think of hogs when they hear the word "Rodibaugh." John "Jack" Rodibaugh and family have marketed purebred swine for breeding stock and for 4-H club projects for six decades. That operation continues today. They also sell pigs for shows in Louisville in November and for 4-H and FFA shows which are mostly held in the winter months in the deep South.
Part of their operation also involves selling gilts as breeding stock, and then offering bred gilts online later in the year. They also market part of the hogs they raise from their 300-sow herd.
What you may not know is that the Rodibaughs also maintain an impressive cropping operation on their farm near Rensselaer. Named Master Farmers this week, David and Danita devote a good share of their time to raising crops and keeping records on the crop part of the operation. Danita also keeps swine records as well. They farm with three of David's brothers and their wives.
Part of their cropping program is a grain center located strategically between different sets of swine units. Some units house sows, others house finishing hogs. They have their sow herd separated into two main herds. They have operated a closed herd since the days when they converted to SPF practices to biosecurity reasons many years ago. One of their herds contracted PEDV this winter, but the other herd did not.
David also no-tills and is using cover crops to help improve soil health and hold soil in place. He seeded some cover crop after harvest last year, but he also had some cover crop aerially applied before harvest.
He's still looking for the best way to apply cover crops in a timely manner so that he can get the most benefit from them in his cropping program.