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Briefly introduce yourself:
Hofschulte Genetics originally started from our father Phillip’s passion for breeding and showing hogs during his FFA years in high school. He was raised on a dairy farm and instilled the work ethic he became accustomed with into all three of us. Through his years of teaching Ag in Oklahoma it was natural for us to engage in showing and raising hogs at a very young age. We have steadily built our herd and farm over the years as a family. We have made some great accomplishments through time, and have made memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. We are located in Miami, Oklahoma, farrow 50 sows and have 10 boars we collect. Our father retired from teaching three years ago. Chris and Natalie assist him full time with our show pig and feeder cattle operation. We all love being involved in a business that allows us to help others experience what we were able to experience in our past, and to be able to contribute to an industry that is very dear to us.

  Location:  Miami, OK

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Sunday, April 30, 2017 | Huntington, Indiana
Open to the world | More than $40,000 in prize money | IJSC sanctioned
Barrows and breeding gilt divisions

Show starts at 11 a.m. | Check-in available on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. and Sunday from 6-9 a.m.
Pre-entry fee $35/head | Show-day entry fee $50/head

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Richmond, Indiana, is the home of the National Swine Registry’s Weanling Pig Extravaganza, and it’s a popular pick-up point for spring pig purchases. If you’re Richmond bound this week be sure to check out some of these great stops, and se out – beyond the barn.

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Purchasing pedigreed showpigs has some perks of special classes and sometimes sponsored breed prizes, but this comes with a little paperwork. National Swine Registry’s Eastern Field Representative Blaine Evans offers his tips and tricks to make sure your pedigreed paperwork will be perfect for show day.

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If you’re tired of fast food as you finish out spring sale season and ready yourself for jackpot shows, we have the perfect solution. These pork meals can be prepared ahead of time and served cold. So, pack your cooler with some pork and go show.

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There aren’t many hats in the swine industry that Ernie Barnes hasn’t donned at one time or another. From his humble beginnings showing and judging swine as a 4-H’er in Mississippi, Barnes has served as a field representative for the American Yorkshire Club and the executive secretary of the American Landrace Association, before landing in the National Pork Producer’s Council. Throw in a stint as a swine pharmaceutical sales representative and a buyer for a packer, and it’s safe to say Barnes knows this great industry inside and out.

So, what advice does this Southern gentleman have for young people interested in building their own future in the swine industry?

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Briefly introduce yourself:
Butts Farms currently consists of 50 showpig/breeding stock sows, 75 percent of which are Duroc and the remaining are Crossbred. These sows are carefully bred to deliver show pig enthusiasts championship banner quality hogs. There are 60+ years of duroc and crossbred experience starting with Alan.  At the climax of Butts Farms in the 70's, 80's & 90's there were 300+ sows which was driving towards selling 400+ commercial red boars and 300-400 Showpigs a year. The fluctuation of the hog market over the years has gotten the farm where it is today. Jayson and Courtney along with their children Kaden (8) and Emersen (5) continue the Butts Farms winning tradition. 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations regarding on-farm use of medically important (to human health) antibiotics were effective Jan. 1, but it’s important to note that extralabel drug use (ELDU) rules remained in place.

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Briefly introduce yourself: 
In 5th grade, I was asked what I thought I would be doing when I was 35 and I wrote that I would have 2 kids, sell feed, and raise cattle.  Although it is pigs and not cattle, and there has been a lot of “life” that has caused some bends in the road, this pretty much sums it up.  My 2 kids, Kaden (8) and Kamlynn (5) are absolutely amazing. I work for Lindner Feed & Milling, and own/operate The Stud with one of my best friends. We maintain 20 crossbred boars in the boar stud and run approximately 150 sows. 

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With Dr. Mike Tripp, Oklahoma

Chances are your barn will be filling up with showpig prospects. They may be trucked hundreds of miles by a hired hauler or be purchased from a breeder right down the road. Regardless, keeping prospects healthy after you purchase them is a key ingredient to showring success, and the stress of sales, travel, strange feed and a new environment makes this task challenging at times. The Showpig.com team caught up with Dr. Mike Tripp, swine veterinarian from Ringling, Oklahoma, to learn how to keep prospects healthy and productive.

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Moyer’s Genetic Edge is a 40-head boar stud and 120-sow showpig operation owned by Tom, Andrew and Ben Moyer and their families. We caught up with Ben to see just “How They Work.”

What is your goal at Moyer’s Genetic Edge when raising showpigs?

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 Belton, Texas, is the home of the Southwest Type Conference (SWTC). It’s long been a favorite swine show stop for barbecue lovers and Midwesterners searching for some Southern sunshine. While there has been a lot of talk about some favorite stops, we decided to try and find some of the obscure, hole-in-the-wall attractions for you to enjoy – with the exception of Schoepf’s, since it is a Belton classic.

If you’re heading to the Southwest Type Conference be sure to check out these great spots in Belton – beyond the barn. (Note: Some of these stops are more beyond than others.)

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Greenwood, Mississippi, is the home of Team Purebred’s Mid-South Regional, but it’s known to the rest of the United States as the county seat of Leflore County which is nestled on the Eastern Delta, sandwiched between Memphis and Jackson.

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Who says stock shows can't be romantic?

Although chocolate, flowers and a card are traditional Valentine’s Day go-to gifts, stock show aficionados are their own breed, and they deserve a gift that reflects their passion. So, if your sweetheart spends more time in the show barn than fancy restaurants, here is a list of gifts to look at this year. Maybe – just maybe – they’ll love you more than their showpigs for being so thoughtful.  

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Raising boars is a major investment. Like anything that takes so much time and money, it’s important to get a positive return on the investment. It is critical to keep the boars healthy to maximize the return on your investment.

Daniel Hendrickson is the lead veterinarian and owner at Four-Star Veterinary Service, Farmland, Indiana. He says the proper protocols can help a breeder be successful with the health and profitability of a boar stud. There are multiple details that can make or break this kind of operation, and Hendrickson shares his top tips on making a boar stud work.

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Dedication to clean pens is apparent when a show pig operation goes through three semi loads of pine shavings each year.

Troy Sloan of Cameron, Missouri, says his farm is obsessed with cleanliness. His operation, Team Sloan Livestock, farrows eight months of the year, managing 100 Crossbred, York and Spot sows on their northwestern Missouri farm.

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Luke Lindner runs 110 sows in Comfort, Texas with his father, Jason Lindner and girlfriend, Fallon Ferguson. Luke was introduced to the showpig world at a young age by his father, Jason who is the owner/operator of Linder Feed and Milling. In 2010, he and his father started raising crossbred hogs just for Luke to show in the competitive Texas major shows. In 2015, after Luke graduated high school, he made the decision to stay home and work at the feed store, and built his own sow operation. Luke has always taken great pride in being a part of the showpig industry, whether it’s raising show stock or making feed for the youth!

One word that best describes how you work: Constant 

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If the flies seem more pesky than normal this summer, it is probably not your imagination. 

Each year can be very different for insect populations, according to Kansas State University Entomologist Jeff Whitworth. Insect populations are controlled 100-percent by their environment, which differs from year to year and from area to area across the state and region. 

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