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"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.

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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!

 

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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!                                      

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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The Ohio State University have announced the dates for the 2014 Junior Swine Day. The program will include showmanship preparation, swine health and nutrition, PQA Certification, animal and carcass evaluation, and much more.

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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.

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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.

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Ohio State University Extension is offering a Show Pig Symposium on Saturday, August 24 at the Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio.

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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.

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The Noah Morris Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to honor the brief but rewarding life of Noah Morris.  Noah was tragically killed in an automobile accident near his home on July 28, 2012. Applications are due June 10, 2013.

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Great educational opportunities in late May and June to learn more about the latest in swine health and management.

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If you have children, friends or club members between the ages of 9 to 21, they are eligible to compete in the 15th Annual Wilmington College Collegiate 4-H Little International Showmanship contest!

It will be on April 6th at 9:00 am at the Equine Center. The Little International is a showmanship contest sponsored by Wilmington College Collegiate 4-H to help members improve their showmanship skills. There will be two age divisions: Junior 9-14 years old and Senior 15-21 years old. Five species will be shown: horse, beef cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. All animals and show equipment will be provided. Each specie winner will be getting a plaque and whoever wins the most species will be getting a bigger prize! So make sure that you or whoever, signs up for ALL of the species.

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 The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team improved 7 spots from the past contest by placing 12 of 26 teams at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Judging Contest on March 11.

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The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team had a productive start in their first two contests of the year at the National Western Stock Show and Dixie National.

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. held its livestock judging competition and truckload evaluation from Jan. 17-18 at the Denver Coliseum. The judging contest included 12 classes and 8 sets of oral reasons. The truckload competition included six classes of four carloads of cattle (four head per load) and 10 questions on one of the classes.

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