Hawkeye Breeders Service just recently celebrated 50 years of business on Saturday, Sept. 28. A cattle housing and collection facility located between Adel and DeSoto, Hawkeye Breeders Service was first founded back in 1969 by Lloyd and Doris Jungmann.
Today, the family owned company has grown to include clients from the United States, Europe and even Australia. The main complex has also grown to include ten covered barns, a main office and a laboratory.
“My folks are the ones that started the business in 1969. It started on the north side of Des Moines, and then we moved out here in the mid 1980s,” said Gloria Jensen, daughter of founders Lloyd and Doris Jungmann. “We love the people here and the resources are great. We like the small town living and we try to be a good neighbor out here for other people.”
Hawkeye Breeders Service celebrated Saturday evening with a BBQ and live music courtesy of Flatland Jam Band. The celebration also included visitors from as far away as Germany while highlighting 50 years of memories.
“We’ve been working towards [our 50th celebration] with our website and other areas. It was really close to our anniversary date in October,” Jensen said. “We also had customers attend from Germany. A lot of our product goes international, and Europe is one of our biggest exports.”
Hawkeye Breeders Service is currently owned and operated by David and Brandy Jensen, its third generation of management. The company is currently open Monday through Friday from 8-5 p.m. and welcomes visitors year-round for youth and farm tours.