In a momentous announcement, the 2024 Swine Web Hall of Fame nominees have been revealed, with Kent and Barry Holden of Holden Farms, along with Ken Maschhoff from the Maschhoffs LLC., co-inducted into this prestigious circle.
Kent Holden, reflecting on his selection, expressed gratitude, stating, “My brother and I built this together. It’s a shared accomplishment.” Known for his humility, team-oriented approach, and commitment to a sustainable family farm legacy, Kent Holden’s induction adds a touch of honor to the Swine Hall of Fame, where his family business has thrived in Northfield, Minnesota, since 1876.
The story of Ken Maschhoff is one of bold initiative. In the mid 70s, Ken and his brother Dave each borrowed $3500 from their grandparents to purchase farm ground. Within four years, they were able to sell that ground at a significant profit and invest the capital in their parents 135-sow operation, eventually leading to the establishment of a thriving Pork empire headquartered at Carlyle, Illinois.
The Swine Hall of Fame, hosted annually on Swineweb.com (http://www.swinehalloffame.com), is a celebration of the industry’s progress. Recognizing the importance of reflection, learning, and sharing stories, the event aims to honor pioneers who have guided the swine industry to its current status. The festivities surrounding the induction include interviews and the presentation of plaques.
Jim Eadie, the founder of Swineweb.com, emphasized the uniqueness of each inductee, stating, “Each individual has such a compelling and distinct story, which is why we formed the Hall of Fame. Taking a moment to celebrate these accomplishments and focus on the positive attributes of our industry will help continue to propel us forward.
2024 Swine Hall of Fame Inductees:
Kent & Barry Holden from Holden Farms
Ken Maschhoff, The Maschhoffs LLC.