Cassidy Hayes and his father own and operate HF Genetics, a growing showpig operation in Port Lavaca, Texas.
One word that best describes how you work: Nonstop...
By, Rhonda McCurry
Worming your show pig should be common sense. But when a study shows 70% of pig livers from slaughter houses in the U.S. are being discarded due to worms it’s time for the swine industry to take better care of their beloved projects....
Triple L Showpigs in Janesville, WI is a small family owned and operated business that started in 2000. Laura and Darren both raised pigs growing up, but their families never continued farming. They took a leap of faith into the hog business together at the age of 22 years old with two small children who are now 17 and 15. They currently run about 50 sows that consist of Crossbreds, Yorkshires, Berks, Spots and a few Hamps. In stud, they have six boars that they collect and offer semen. They both grew up mostly with pedigree swine, but also enjoy the diversity the crossbreds bring to the table.
One word that best describes how you work: efficiently...
By, Rhonda McCurry
Though the bidding is silent during an online auction, there is a constant roar of excitement on screens each evening across the country. And, though a bidder can’t see their competition during on online sale, there is a way to control and conserve your bid, specifically with the maximum bid feature....
Sorting through hundreds of prospect photos online can be incredibly overwhelming and might leave you feeling more confused than excited. Each seller has a different approach to getting pigs ready for sale, which translates to some pigs that are already bloomy and look ready for the show ring, while others are still very green and natural in their appearance. Ryan Sites gives some insight on how to break them down, so that no matter which look you prefer in a baby pig, you can set yourself up for the best outcome on show day.
Check for Structure
Start off looking at feet and legs. No matter their current condition, their feet and legs need to be structurally correct. “Without this, you’re never going to get all the way to the end,” Sites said.
Luke McDonnell lives in New Castle, IN where he works as a Channel Seedsman and owns LM Ag Services. In addition, he also owns 50 sows jointly with two of his best friends, Ricky and Megan Rosenbaum in Omaha, Nebraska. They place projects currently with around 80 families across the US. Luke has two beautiful Girls, Johnie Anne 7 and Raynee 5.
One word that best describes how you work: Determined...
The invoices, the registration papers, the delivery schedule, and you can’t forget the pigs. The only way to stay sane is to get organized. When pigs fly, you say? Remember, the goal of organizing is to make your business functional. Being organized doesn’t have to be difficult, just keep it simple.
Leslie Cobb Lyerly, with Steve Cobb and Family, shares how she stays organized. Try implementing these 6 tips to create an organized foundation for your business....
Nick Berry is the CEO at Swine Genetics International and part owner of Lettow Showpigs. He lives in Ames, IA with his wife Corinn and 2-year-old daughter Collins. Nick is equally passionate about the commercial swine industry and the educational platform that the showpig industry can provide for our future leaders in the pig business.
One word that best describes how you work: Relentless...
Your sale is complete, pigs have been delivered, and now you can relax for a few days, close the book on this sale and focus on your next set. Well…not exactly. Continuing a relationship with your buyers beyond the sale gives you the opportunity to develop strong relationships that can create customers coming back year after year.
If you aren’t talking on your phone, it is ringing. All while it continually dings and bings from text messages and emails. This can only mean one thing - it is sale season. Seasoned breeder, Rory Duelm, owner of Duelms Prevailing Genetics, has managing communication in the bag. Here are a few of his tips.
Russell Pedrett is the Herdsman and Farm Manager at Ottenwalter Show Pigs in Colusa, CA where he oversees 240 sows and markets approximately 1500 show pigs each year across the United States.
One word that best describes how you work:
Jennifer Slagle, her dad, Ron Smith, and her husband, Don, are the principals behind WinMor Farms, a 65-sow show pig operation located in Grinnell, Iowa which is one hour east of Des Moines on I-80. Don and Jennifer reside in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston with their two children, Will (7) and Anna (5). They both work full-time in the ag financial services industry. Don also manages their row-crop farm. They feel very fortunate that Jennifer’s dad, Rob, is able to fully devote his time to managing the show pig operation.
One word that best describes how you work: Efficiently. It’s all about maximizing the number of productive minutes in my day!...
DL Showpigs houses 180 sows and 20 boars in Lamesa, TX. Owned by Josh, Bridgette & Kenley Krohn this operation is focused on providing both purebred and crossbred seedstock and showpigs. In addition to pigs, the Krohn’s also raise cotton, hay and cattle.
One word that best describes how you work: Always...
Photographing picture-perfect pigs is about as easy as trying to say photographing picture-perfect pigs ten times fast; not very. Wrangling baby pigs to photograph is often the hardest part of the business. Here are some of the secrets from the experts in the business to help you get the perfect shot.
Purchasing hogs online is a bigger undertaking than purchasing, say, a pair of boots online. You can’t box a barrow back up and send it back like other online purchases. It is a long-term commitment, whether you are an exhibitor, an ag teacher buying for students, or a parent buying for young exhibitors.
By, Jackie Lackey, Encore Visions CEO and Creative Director
1.) Start Early
Just because Facebook offers immediate and timely communication to your audience doesn’t mean you should take time for granted. Planning your social marketing campaign is a must to achieve effective results. Multiple posts or paid campaigns, spread out over a 1-2 week period is ideal per sale. Use a calendar to jot down when those posts need to take place and what the focus of each post will be.
Listed in no particular order are some ways to increase photo quality when using your smartphone to picture pigs:
1.) Check camera settings
The only real options you have on an iPhone is to turn on the HDR (High Dynamic Range) in your settings. This setting turns off the flash and then combines three exposures into one picture to give a greater definition and color image. When you view your images in the album, you will have 2 pictures for each frame (one normal and one HDR). Also, make sure you do NOT have any auto filter turned on while shooting. This will decrease your photo resolution.
W-D Swine Farm - Home of the Watje Blue is family owned and operated, located in Turlock, CA. They run around 150 sows that farrow year-round. Ryan started raising pigs when he was 8 years old and has had a passion for the industry since. He now shares that passion with his wife, Stacey and their 3 kids, Trent, Drew and Stella.
One word that best describes how you work: Consistently. I never stop thinking about the farm, pigs, breeding, feeding, etc....