It's already the third week of January. For many pig farmers, this means farrowing season and for some lucky show kids it is time for the National Western Stock Show! Held in Denver, Colorado National Western is one of the largest and most competitive shows of the year, so where did this great show start?
October has just ended, and this means another Pork Month is ending as well. So why is Pork Month so important? It’s a great way to celebrate pork as well as share the producer story with consumers. Less than 2% of the United State’s population is involved in agriculture, so there are quite a few people who are unaware of what happens on the farm. Social media is becoming more and more popular each day, so why not combine social media and farm stories?...
"Mom! Mom!! Take Tessa and my picture with us and our trophies!" One of these girls won the Grand Champion Market Hog at the 2014 Tuscarawas County Fair. The other was Reserve Grand Champion. Can you tell who is who? I can't. The county program holds a decent sized contest with 300+ head of market hogs that showed that day. Regardless of the high competition for these youngsters, these two were both just thrilled (and SO adorable) to stand beside her friend at the end of the day....
The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 4, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Penn. The win is the third in a row for OSU at KILE, which is a first for the school.
Or 17 for that matter? Well, if your names are Jared & Lincoln Hart, you are getting ready to host your first online sale on your own. Yes, that’s right: two teenagers are running their own online sale, footing the bill for all of the expenses, and doing all of the marketing themselves. The Hart boys, from Pikeville, Tennessee have been involved in the livestock industry their whole, lives but five years ago, they started raising showpigs to show and sell to other families. While the boys have grown up showing Hereford cattle across the country, they both really enjoy showing pigs and have the banners to prove it!
This past spring, the Showpig.com All-Star Team was created to allow young people the opportunity to learn more about leadership, community service, and swine. In June, twenty-seven swine enthusiasts were selected to attend our four day camp in Romney, West Virginia. We watched students from across the nation come together to learn, brainstorm and problem solve about the swine industry. It reminded us how grateful we are to be blessed with a next generation who were taught to work hard to achieve any task that lies ahead.
As we left camp, we realized how much a team of agriculture students who are passionate and dedicated could achieve. As a result, we have created a blog where we offer the chance for the voices of these amazing young people to be heard. We could not be more excited to present this new opportunity that will allow you to read about their dreams and goals for the industry. You’ll have the chance to meet some of the past All-Star Team Members and the Interns who will be planning next year’s camp. We will post their opinions about challenges facing our industry today, as well as offer opportunities for them to ask questions and continue to learn more about the industry we all love. Our goal is to make this a place where youth have the chance to be heard, and I think you will quickly discover how impressive our future leaders of the industry truly are! If you would like to stay connected with the blog, go to Facebook and like the Showpig.com All-Star Team’s page. Think you may know a student who would be interested in writing or reading the articles? Encourage them to follow the blog to see opportunities for their opinions to be heard! If you have any questions, feel free to call Kelsie Hinds at (330)-440-4014. Once again, we could not be more excited to host this blog and hope you will take advantage of it!...
The Ohio Pork Council is now accepting applications for Manager of Showpig Programs.
Responsibilities for this new, part-time, salaried position include working closely with the Ohio Pork Council’s Showpig Committee, developing and executing a complete spring/summer points circuit for junior swine exhibitors in Ohio, building relationships with potential sponsors and engaging individuals and organizations in various levels of support, and providing additional opportunities for leadership and personal development to youth engaged in exhibiting swine.
In August of 2012, with the farm truck loaded down, Mom and I rumbled the dully into Columbus, Ohio for my freshman move-in to The Ohio State University. I was not a stranger to Columbus thanks to the Ohio State Fairgrounds/Expo Center being located in this city. Regardless, I was still full of jitters when my feet hit the asphalt on campus. I could not see then, but I had just subjected myself to my biggest life change by taking my first steps of my collegiate experience. My name is Kaitlyn, and I am a Senior at The Ohio State University with a major in Agribusiness and Applied Economics, and a minor focus in Meat Science. I absolutely love agriculture. It is what built my past, pushes me forward in this present, and what my drive is for toward the future. I currently share a campus with students who go to class in jeans and boots, have Friday night front-porch-debates about agricultural issues, and share an equal disgust for the under-educated who want to force our food supply to be shifted out of the United States. Simply put, it is a comfort to be surrounded by people who share my passions and interests.
The 2014 Performance Barrow Contest has been cancelled for 2014. Unfortunately, the presence of PEDv in and surrounding Ohio has resulted in a greater risk associated with central weighing and farm to farm movement.
The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team began the 2014 season at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colorado. On January 16-17, 2014, OSU participated in the livestock contest with 12 classes and eight sets of oral reasons, and the carload contest with six carloads of cattle and one set of 10 questions to answer. The NWSS is an annual show held in Denver, Colorado, featuring more than 15,000 head of livestock.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has spread to more than 20 states so far on its way across the country. However, efforts to track and contain the disease are definitely helped by producers talking with their veterinarians and their farm neighbors about any change in PEDV status and efforts to prevent the virus’ spread.
2013 competition results will be posted as competitions are completed. Click on the title to download the results.* If no link is available, competition results are not yet published.
A new system pre-entry follow-up system is designed to speed up your check in process at the Ohio State Fair day of arrival and replace our previous years card entry system. These Follow Up procedures are ONLY for Junior Fair Purebred Gilts of all Breeds, Open Class Purebred Boars and Gilts of all Breeds and Crossbred Boars. This procedure DOES NOT APPLY to the Junior or Open Barrow Show Entries.
The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team placed third at their last competition of the season to All East Livestock Evaluation Contest.
In addition to placing third overall, the team ranked third in beef, second in swine, third in sheep for the 3-day competition.