Pillen Family Farms, Columbus, Neb., announced plans to purchase 16,000 sows and associated nursery and finishing farms in Nebraska from The Maschhoffs, Carlyle, Ill. The Columbus farm includes a truck wash and a number of contract finishing farms.

“We are extremely excited to add these farms to our core footprint in eastern Nebraska,” says Jim Pillen, chief executive officer of Pillen Family Farms. “We’re also thrilled to have this dedicated team join our family. It’s a win-win situation for us.”

The Maschhoffs acquired this network of sow farms in 2011 from NPP (Nebraska Pork Partners), Columbus, Neb.

“The team in northeastern Nebraska is excellent,” says Bradley Wolter, president of The Maschhoffs. “The Pillen family is perfectly suited to ensure these farms are successful in the long-term. It’s a great example of two farm families working together to create long-term success for the Nebraska pork industry.”