Oh give me a home…

By Patrick Fisher

It's quite common to drive along the countryside and see a herd of cows in a field. But driving on Highway 19, just west of Lonsdale, some motorists may be doing a double-take when they spot a herd of buffalo.

The animals are part of the operations of J D Meats, nestled back along Rice County Road 54, between New Prague and Lonsdale. The local business also deals with pork and chicken.

Jeff Herrity, who partners with Dennis Johnson on the farm, said when he first become involved in the farm it was with a farrow-to-finish hog operation.

Herrity said the hog farm is extremely small by industry standards, with 150 breeding sows and have a capacity to market 3,500 hogs in a season.

We wondered how to keep things going

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