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Arlington, Indiana is the home of Premium Blend Genetics and owner, Ted Laird and his wife of 30 years, Regina. Ted and Regina have four children: Jacob, Morgan, Nolan & Mitchell. We asked Ted to share with us a little bit about how he keeps everything running and this is what he said… 

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We think it is important for you to have the information and tools that will help make your online sale a success. To help ensure that you have a master list of everything you need to do for your online sale in one place, we have created this handy, printable online sale checklist.

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 As a husband, father, pig farmer and agriculture enthusiast, Jesse Heimer has found his way to the top of our business over the years and created a name for the HH brand both in the ring and as a provider of elite genetics. From the Hill in Taylor, MO, Heimer’s progressive approach to all facets of the business and unique take on our industry has provided differentiation for him in the marketplace and one that many look to as a current benchmark. Want to know the inside scoop on how he operates? Well here it is…

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Fall litters are starting to hit the ground and you have decided to sell your pigs online. Booking your sale early will ensure that you maximize your marketing efforts (see more about this here) but picking the right date is just as important. Here are three factors to keep in mind when picking a sale date.

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State Fairs are underway, farrowing is in full swing – you’re busy, no doubt. But one thing you don’t want to push to the back burner is booking your fall pig sale dates. Rather than waiting until you know when others are selling or waiting until you think they are ‘ready’ to sell, we recommend booking early and allowing those dates to drive your marketing efforts.

There are many advantages to getting your sale booked early.

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Final Drive Genetics is a 50-sow, showpig operation located in Shipshewana, IN. It is owned and managed by Jordan and Katie Leatherman and Jordan’s dad, Todd Leatherman. In addition to her duties with the operation, Katie is also a 4-H Extension Agent for Purdue University in Elkhart County, IN.

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Keppy Showpigs, located in Durant, IA and is run by Kaylee Keppy, her brother Jake Keppy and her fiancé Cole Rushing. Kaylee grew up on a crop and livestock farm and was very involved in 4-H and FFA showing livestock. She attended BHE and ISU and received a degree in Animal Science. She was also involved in the livestock judging programs at both schools. In addition to her responsibilities with Keppy Showpigs, Kaylee is a show feed specialist for ShowTec in the Midwest.

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By Rhonda McCurry

It’s farrowing time and you’re anxiously waiting for your favorite sow to begin showing signs of labor. You know the due date and you’re keeping watch to help her pigs arrive safely.

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 by, Rhonda McCurry

There are plenty of choices regarding breeding decisions but one in particular is, “what direction will this sire take me?” Whether a hog breeder is just beginning or has invested a lot of time and money into building their sow herd, the choice of which sire to use can be a big one.

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By Rhonda McCurry

Raising livestock has lots of ups and downs but having a successful first litter of pigs can be one of the most agonizing parts of the business.

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Traffic - we all want it and we all need it to gain exposure for business. But, how do you gain much needed traffic is the question. There are plenty of different marketing routes that showpig producers take. However, one tried and true method to ensure that you’re getting traffic on one of the most important days in your business, sale day, is to host your sale with a reputable online platform that has established a following and massive online traffic.

At Showpig.com we closely monitor the traffic that our sale site creates, in the month of June we saw increases across the board on number of auctions we hosted, total items with bids and the average winning bid dollar amount in comparison to 2014.

The two charted stats that had the largest increase were total page views and total unique IP addresses. Total page views increased from 1,269,972 (2014) to 1,565,604 (2015) which was a 23% increase. Total unique IP addresses increased from 35,089 (2014) to 42,329 (2015) which was a 21% increase.

What's that mean exactly? Unique IP addresses, there were 7,240 more devices who visited showpig.com and they viewed 295,632 more pages than they did last year.

Although online web traffic can seem like a boring subject, it's essentially critical to your sale's success and exposure to your business. We suggest that you inquire with your sale provider and take into consideration the website traffic when choosing who to host  your sale events with.

 

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As a seasoned stock show dad and well-traveled auctioneer, Kevin Wendt, CEO of The Wendt Group corporation, has done his homework on the hot spots to grab a bite to eat over the years. And yes...we're going to share his culinary finds with you!

If you're attending the National Junior Summer Spectacular you might run into Kevin at one of the establishments listed below.

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Purchasing livestock can sometimes feel like a true gamble. A bred female can create some piece of mind when adding breeding pieces to your herd. She’s not only bred and can offer a quick return on investment, but you have the opportunity to purchase a female bred to an appealing sire and due to farrow at an ideal time for your market.

But, how do you know which female to choose and what kind of value to place on her? The recent debut of Heimer Hampshires Proven Sow Dispersal catalog included four great ways to define a sow as proven and offers ways you may determine her to be a true investment for your herd.

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Showpig.com and The Pig Planet are pleased to co-host our first jackpot show! With over $50,000 in prize money up for grabs we are going all in. Check out the details below and mark your calendars for June 28th in Springfield, Illinois.

LOCATION: Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - following the Team Purebred National Junior Show & CPS Summer Type Conference

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Service after the sale...

That's a common phrase, but still something that pig breeders and sellers need to remember after each sale! Below is a list of Katey's Tips to keep in mind after each online sale.

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We're excited to kick off our breeder bio series! Check back regularly for some fun insights on Showpig.com client operations.

Coulson Show Pigs (CSP), in Warwick, Oklahoma has been in business for 33 years.  Fred Coulson, Monty Coulson, Evan Green have taken equal stock and partnership in making CSP a success.

"Fred (my Grandpa) started out raising showpigs for his sons and eventually grandchildren to show but it turned into something much bigger. We still aren't a big operation, we'll breed 30 this spring, but the quality of our sow herd is pretty important. No matter what they cost or who they come from, they must generate or they don't make it long here. We are really proud of the sows we have in Warwick," says Green.

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We closed out a great month of sales on Showpig.com in March. Check out a few of the interesting statistics below!


Total Number of Auctions: 212
Total Items Sold: 3810/4623 (82% sale rate)
Average winning bid: $929
Total page views: 4,083,137
Total participating bidders: 6970

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Brandon Stickler is sixteen year old, and currently, he is a sophomore at Pleasant Plains High School in Pleasant Plains, Illinois. Aside from traveling the country showing pigs, he loves to hunt and be outdoors.  However, showing pigs and being around livestock is his passion! Brandon has been showing pigs for nine years now and has been a National Junior Swine Association Member for seven years. Following high school, he plans to further his education at either Oklahoma State University or Iowa State University. With a passion and love for the swine industry in mind, Brandon plans on doing a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business.  He is astatic to have a second opportunity to go to West Virginia as part of The All-Star Intern Team and truly looks forward to camp this summer!

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Yimmi Fontenot is a seventeen year old, junior at Lacassine High School in Louisiana. Yimmi serves as her FFA Chapter’s President along with being her States Area III Region President. She lives on her family farm where she helps with their small show pig operation with approximately twelve sows and their cow/calf operation with 500 cows. Yimmi enjoys showing and judging livestock, competing in 4-H and FFA contests, and spending time with friends and family. After high school, she hopes to be on a collegiate livestock judging team and graduate with an Animal Science Degree.

 

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The intern of the week is Tristan Morgan! He’s from Second Creek, West Virginia and is a sophomore at Greenbrier East High School. Currently, he is active in 4-H and FFA taking a Market Pig, Purebred Pig, and Ham and Bacon Projects. He judges on the Monroe County 4-H Livestock Judging Team, and recently, had the opportunity to represent West Virginia at the National Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky. His operation consists of seven sows where he raises pigs for show and commercial use.Tristan’s plan after high school is to further his education in agriculture and expand his operation. His hobbies include showing pigs, hunting, and basketball. He was impressed with the knowledge in leadership and livestock he learned while being an All-Star Team and is excited for the opportunity to serve as an Intern! Tristan would like to give everyone the heads up applications will soon be released and encourages everyone interested to apply! He says, “You won’t regret it!”

 

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