BUCYRUS, OHIO — Fifth-generation pork producer, Hord Family Farms, Bucyrus, Ohio, completed an acquisition of New Horizon Farms’ assets on Nov. 17. New Horizon is a farrow-to-finish swine operation based in Pipestone, Minn. It will now operate as Hord Farms West and maintain its current pork operations.
“As a multi-generational, family owned company, producing quality protein is our responsibility, and we are guided by our values of providing excellent care to our animals and supporting our team,” said Pat Hord, chief executive officer of Hord Family Farms. “Since our family’s founding in north-central Ohio a century ago, our farming operations have continued to expand in the Midwest. While we will always have deep roots in Ohio and continue to make investments here, this acquisition reflects our deliberate strategic growth and dedication to producing quality food products for consumers.”
Hord Farms uses company-owned farms and partner growers to maintain diversified swine and farrow-to-finish operations. The farm produces more than 800,000 pigs per year and employs over 200 people. The family also raises grain for feed and has a feeder-to-market beef cattle farm.
New Horizon Farms, founded in 1993, operates five sow farms, six nurseries and 60 finishing farms, located across southwest Minnesota, eastern South Dakota, and northwest Iowa with a workforce of over 150 employees. Hord Farms will oversee swine operations including more than 400,000 pigs marketed annually and 16,000 sows. The existing Minnesota leadership team will continue to manage day-to-day operations.
“New Horizon Farms is energized in joining the Hord Family Farms team,” said Dan Sprague, president and CEO, New Horizon Farms. “The Hords are experienced producers with a strong reputation for integrity, excellent animal welfare, responsible operations, and a deep commitment to caring for their employees. This is good for our team, our communities, and our business. We look forward to a stable and successful future as we create a richer footprint in pork production.”