John A. "Jack" Rodibaugh | 2007
International producer of championship multi-breed swine breeding stock and market hogs.
1925-2016 | Artist: Richard Steward Halstead (born 1947)
Impact & Accomplishments
John A. “Jack” Rodibaugh’s uncle gave him two piglets to raise as a young child during
the Depression, and after service in the U. S. Navy, he attended Purdue University, majoring in Animal Science. He was on Purdue’s 1949 National Championship livestock judging team.
In 1950, he partnered with Bob Parkison to raise Chester White hogs in Rensselaer, Indiana. They became one of the first multi-breed producers in 1957, adding Hampshires, and later, other breeds. Rodibaugh entered two barrows in the 1969 International Live Stock Exposition; one won the junior show, and the other won the open show.
Rodibaugh breeding stock has been sold to producers in forty states and five foreign countries. Jack Rodibaugh has judged hog shows in twenty-two states and Canada and has participated in breed conferences for five leading breeds. He encourages the next generation by producing swine for
4-H youth and working with judging teams on his farm.
Did You Know?
In 1935 he showed his first pig in 4-H, a Poland China gilt, and this kindled a life-long passion for breeding, showing and selling pigs.
His Chicago International Livestock Exposition, Grand Champion barrow in 1969, "Jasper", became internationally known, and the subject of an educational movie heralding the advent of "meat-type" hogs and later a model for a 1970's era Breyer toy.
Vintage Breyer Horse #355 Jasper the Market Hog Animal Grey White Pig 1970's Toy
Courtesy of Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana