This year Heffernan Genetics held their 10th annual pig sale on September 7. Scott Heffernan, the owner, started early in the morning with preparations. With some youth assistance, they were able to wash all the pigs, clean all the pens, and set up the arena. The preview then took place at 5 p.m. and the sale began at 6:30 p.m. This sale contained Chesters, Durocs, and Crossbreds from 25 litters total. Specifically, there were 90 total pigs in the sale a mix of gilts and barrows: 15 of them were lease, and there were 61 crosses, 21 durocs, and 8 chesters. All of the pigs were vaccinated for mycoplasma, circovirus, erysipelas, PRRS, and swine flu.
The auctioneer this year was Vance Runnels and he did a great job. The caterer every year is Jeff and Sue Ann Smith who kindly prepare BBQ plates for everyone to enjoy. The student volunteers that day were Kayli Kennedy, Madison Yow, Tate Yow, Jayci Kennedy, and Garret Lopez; who are always eager to help out Mr. Heffernan anytime. In addition to these volunteers, there are several friends and family members that contribute to the success of the sale each year.
This local breeding company was started back in 2004. This was when Scott Heffernan’s daughter, Shelby, had the reserve grand champion pig at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. However, they could not find anyone to sell her to, so she became their original pig. The herd has grown to 40 sows and they raise approximately 60 litters per year. The other daughter, Reagan Heffernan, also showed the Grand Champion Market Hog in 2013 at the Atascosa County Livestock Show, which was raised by Heffernan Genetics. Many of their pigs have earned numerous awards from other county livestock shows, San Antonio Livestock Show, Houston Livestock Show, San Angelo Livestock Show and New Mexico State Fair. 15 years ago was the start of this great family owned company.