Larry and Madonna Sorell have been farmers since 1970 when they purchased 200 acres of land in Cloud County, Kansas. Larry Sorell continues a family tradition that was passed down from his grandfather to his father and then to him. Today, the farm is a bit smaller but they still maintain true biodiversity. Madonna fondly recalls how Larry would often return home with a surprise in his truck – once a few lambs, another time a beautiful horse. The couple raises numerous heritage breeds including a handful of Highland cattle, Katahdin and CVM-Columbian crossed lamb, work horses and several pig varieties including Red Wattle, Berkshire, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Mule Foot, and a few Large Blacks.
After working with hogs his whole life, Larry retired only to be tempted back into the business when Heritage Foods USA was looking for a farmer to raise Red Wattle hogs. Larry and Madonna drove 18,000 miles over the course of 3-4 months to purchase true Red Wattle hogs from known farmers to start his herd.
In addition to numerous heritage breeds, Madonna and Larry’s home have also raised nine children, 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.