Albert and Ann Kneeshaw established Hi-Hog Pig Pens in 1967. In the early days, Albert designed and built quality pig penning in a small backyard welding shop while wife Ann did the painting. Their reputation for building durable, well designed solutions soon spread to the equine and cattle sectors. In 1973, to reflect the expanding business, the Kneeshaws changed the name of the company to Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment Ltd., (Incorporated in 1974).
When asked about the early days Albert said, “Our first concern was for the safety of the owners and their animals, and our focus was on quality and service.”
Demand for their cattle and equine equipment grew rapidly. To ensure they could continue to deliver exceptional products and service they decided to drop their line of hog panels and focus on the cattle and equine equipment.
While these high standards laid the foundation, it was Hi-Hog’s openness to critical feedback from customers and dealers that propelled their reputation as a supplier of functional, well designed, easy to use, livestock equipment. User feedback helped Hi-Hog’s growing design team focus on designing and building better solutions. Hi-Hog’s products evolved quickly, leading many loyal customers to visit Hi-Hog’s trade show booth just to see the latest improvements (and decide if it was time to upgrade).
Hi-Hog has continued to grow year-after-year, forcing the company to move twice and expand four times. With larger manufacturing facilities, Hi-Hog expanded the list of products they offer to include rodeo equipment, bison equipment, wellhead fencing, bleacher seating and more.
In the early 1990’s Hi-Hog also expanded their design service. Since then, thousands of customers have been helped with the design of their facilities by Hi-Hog’s AutoCAD designers. In addition to the core cattle handling system designs, Hi-Hog has also designed and built equipment for veterinary facilities, livestock auction marts, large animal education facilities, zoos, livestock processing facilities, community pastures, cattle semen collection facilities, equine facilities, rodeo facilities, and many, many more.
As the company continued to grow over the years, so did the Kneeshaw family. Albert and Ann had three daughters who all worked at Hi-Hog, and eventually, two grandchildren and a son-in law who have come to contribute to the ongoing success of the family company over the past 20 years.
In Spring of 2022, though Hi-Hog thrived during the 2-year long Covid-19 pandemic, the Kneeshaw family came to a realization that in order for the business to continue to grow and reach new heights, and to continue adding to the amazing legacy that the family built for over 50 years, it needed a fresh start, with some new energy. In April of 2022, Hi-Hog was acquired by a new family, whose story and core values bared a striking resemblance to those of the Kneeshaw’s. The Feigel family (also three generations), from Edmonton Alberta, and founders of Universe Machine Corporation, became the new shareholders of Hi-Hog Farm & Ranch Equipment, and it was immediately evident that the fit was perfect, with their extensive background and knowledge in metal manufacturing, great business sense, and amazing family values. Hi-Hog has a bright and exciting future ahead, and we can’t wait to continue sharing it with our amazing customers and distributors. Operations and staff have all stayed the same, so there will be no changes to who and how you have dealt with Hi-Hog in the past!
We are sincerely thankful to our loyal customers and dedicated dealers. Our core values remain the same; To listen to our customers and provide them with superior quality, design, value, safety and service.
The Hi-Hog Team