Swine Seedstock Breeder
Clyde Shaffer began his career as a Duroc breeder in 1964. With a small farm, Clyde and his wife started with a few gilts and a big dream. Between 1977 and 1985, Clyde won several State Duroc shows. In 1977 Clyde won the Outstanding Young Pork Producer Award. Clyde won the Ralph & Dora Bishop Award at Purdue for a boar named "Sound Investment" with high scores on performance. From 1979-1985, Clyde had the top purebred hog sale over all breeders in the United States. Between 1980 and 1983, Clyde had the most National Champions shown in the industry.
As a leader, Clyde has served on task force committees for the pork industry and the Duroc Association on the County, State, and National level. Clyde was President of Indiana Duroc Association two different times, President of Eastern Indiana Livestock Breeders, and Indiana Pork Producers Director for 15 years.
Clyde has judged several National Swine shows in the United States. Clyde has judged nearly every county fair in Indiana donating his fee back to the County 4-H program. Clyde says that he gets his greatest enjoyment teaching young boys and girls what to look for in their swine project and how to be good showmen.
In 1985, with his two sons and daughter, Clyde decided to change the business focus to seed stock production of boars and gilts for the commercial hog producer. Today, Clyde is President of the largest independent seedstock company in the United States, Shaffer Superior Genetics, selling boars, gilts, and semen to the industry.