Some may know him as Lawrence Duncan, others may know him as the "energizer bunny." Lawrence Duncan owns Able Acres on the west side of Wingate, Indiana. Harvey Duncan, his father, started raising Hereford cattle in 1944, but before that, they raised Duroc pigs. During Lawrence's high school career, he was the State Champion in Livestock Judging. After he graduated from Richland Township in 1954, Lawrence attended Purdue University, majoring in Animal Husbandry.
In 1958, Lawrence married Patsy and returned back home to farm. December 8, 1958 was the start of something great – their first Duncan family Hereford sale. After that, Lawrence and Harvey began to expand their herd of Hereford cattle, while continuing to raise swine. Every year since November of 1973, Able Acres has held an annual sale.
Just to give some details about exactly how great of a breeder Lawrence is, some have said that "he has spent more time taking care of livestock than anyone East of the Mississippi". From one of their catalogues that was published in 2012, it stated that they have sold 2047 lots of bulls, cows, heifer calves, and over 540 steers. These numbers don't even begin to include all of the other cattle that have been sold in between these sales. Able Acres has received six Golden Bull awards from the American Hereford Association. Lawrence has served on the committee of the Indiana Performance Tested Bull Sale representing Indiana Hereford Association. Able Acre's bulls are typically the highest selling Hereford bull in the Indiana Performance Sale.
Able Acres utilizes all tools available to provide reliable, honest, and quality genetics that have been sold to buyers throughout the United States. Able Acres has had multiple champion bulls, heifers, and steers at the Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky state fairs. Not to mention the winners in Fort Worth, North American, and countless county fairs.
Currently, there are around 150 cows in production as well as crops and hay. Lawrence's pride and joys include his five children: Lary, Gary, David, Andy, and Caril, and his nine grandchildren. Lawrence will leave the farm to watch his grandchildren exhibit their grand champion winning livestock, but not much else.
Able Acres will have their 47th annual sale in November of 2019, Thanksgiving weekend.
Congratulations and thank you Lawrence Duncan for all of your hard work and dedication to improve the genetics in the cattle industry!