61884 230th St, Austin, MN, 55912
In 1996, living in Red Rock Township of Mower County in Minnesota, John's neighbor gave him a runt pig to raise and he bought a few more pigs to keep it company. That was the start of Red Rock Acres and by the year 2000 the family was raising hogs farrow to finish. In 2004 John and his family were recognized by Niman Ranch, a national processor and distributor of "all natural" meat, for having the highest quality pork among the nearly 500 Niman Ranch approved producers.
With the need for some livestock feed and water equipment, John turned to a name he knew from his agricultural experiences. That of course was Smidley Manufacturing in Britt, Iowa! In April of 2004, John filled a void in his area of Minnesota by becoming a Smidley dealer meeting the needs of 4-H, FFA, hobby, and commercial producers. As they say, the rest is history!