Welcome to Drift Oak Ranch
We are Jennifer & Philip Twait! We moved to Weatherford, Texas from Houston, Texas in 2018. I (Jennifer) was born and have lived in Texas for most of my life. Philip grew up in southern Minnesota before joining the Navy at 18 and serving for 10 years. Before our farm adventure, we both worked in the Oil & Gas industry in Houston. We met online and were married in 2012. In 2017-2018, we were both laid off from our jobs due to a market downturn and when Philip got a job offer in Fort Worth with full relocation, we decided to do something different. We bought a property with some land (12.5 acres) on the edge of Weatherford and decided to live a more sustainable lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Philip still works as a quality director and I opened a dog boarding and grooming business to get away from the life of corporate stress.
We immediately added chickens and Dorper sheep to our property. In 2019, we were researching other animals that we could raise for income and food. I found Idaho Pasture Pigs online and was intrigued! We reserved two gilts (Marge & Selma) and a feeder (Kenny) from Luna Acres in Kansas. We also found a year-old boar (Homer) from Eighth Time Family Farm in Texas and brought him here to complete our breeding trio. Homer and his ladies fit right in and proceeded to do what pigs do. We fell in love immediately. When Kenny had to go to freezer camp, we were sad, but we also knew that he had a wonderful life with us. And knowing he gave his life to feed us, we honored every cut of meat and didn’t waste any of it. And the pork was the best we had ever had. No light pink pork from the grocery store could ever live up to it.
We believe being as self-sufficient as possible in this day and age is very important. While I consider myself the main “expert” in the family on our livestock (focusing on vet care and breed conformation), Philip is eager to learn and is right there building shelters and putting up fencing in addition to his full-time job. This adventure has brought us even closer together and has had a positive impact on our 17 year old daughter.
Currently, every dollar we make selling feeders and breed quality piglets, we roll back into our pig operation, whether it be buying new stock, working on farm infrastructure, buying various trailers, etc. In 2021, we bought three new boars and seven new gilts from Wisconsin, Oregon, Missouri, Colorado and Kansas. And in 2022, we added a new boar and gilt from Washington and another gilt from Idaho. I have been developing relationships with other breeders in the south and I feel like we have a group of truly great breeders that have a desire to further the breed and help IPP’s become the best breed out there. We feel like, as breeders, we can lift each other up and support each other.
Moving away from the city is one of the best things we have done. We love it here in North Texas and are healthier and happier than we’ve ever been.
I took a position on the board of the Idaho Pasture Pig Registry and our goal is to assist in any way we can. I never mind helping and answering questions, even if a piglet isn’t bought from me. I was new to this not long ago, and I love to save people the mistakes I may have made along the way. I’m not afraid to admit when I don’t know something and I will do my best to find the answer. It’s nice to make your acquaintance and I’m looking forward to speaking to many of you in the future.