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 The National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and PrairieFresh® Premium Pork joined forces to support the second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign in Central Iowa. The organizations hosted a kickoff event, on Giving Tuesday, to serve clients of the Central Iowa Shelter and Services and provided a nearly 70,000-pound pork donation to the Food Bank of Iowa, courtesy of Smithfield Foods, Seaboard Foods, Triumph Foods and U.S. pig farmers. “As pig farmers, giving back to our community always has been an integral part of who we are,” said Bill Tentinger, a pig farmer from Le Mars, Iowa, who serves on both the National Pork Board and the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors. “Hams Across America and this kickoff event allow me and other farmers to live the We CareSM ethical principles and share our love of the product that we produce.”...
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  The Wendt Group, Showpig.com and Rick Fogle Auctioneer are bringing you the largest and most unique collection of vintage livestock signs, advertising, supplies and memorabilia that has been offered in some time. Straight from the private collections of the late Ralph Doak, former NSR fieldman; the late Doug Parrish, long-time Duroc breeder; and Kevin Wendt, this offering features hundreds of items, selling both online and in-person. The first wave of items offered for sale will be featured in a live auction at the IGF Sale Pavilion in Marion, Ohio, on Sunday, Dec. 10, starting at 2 p.m. This portion of the offering includes signs, glassware, crocks, chicken feeders, collectibles, furniture and more. ...
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Are you struggling with what to get the showpig enthusiasts in your family? Have you already exhausted their wish list at Sullivan’s, Weaver’s and your local Western wear store? If so, head online for some unique, handmade items they’re sure to love. This week, the Showpig.com team scoured the world wide web to find the best showpig finds on Etsy. But, before we launch into our favorites, it is important to remember many of these shops carry multiple designs and items related to show livestock. All the photos we used are from the respective Etsy shops, and they’re used with their permission. ...
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Oklahoma State University (OSU) Livestock Judging Coach Dr. Blake Bloomberg learned just how much complete and total attention to detail livestock evaluation requires as he launched his judging career in 4-H and FFA. “One misstep, and things can unravel quickly,” he explains....
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By Kaley Bontrager of Next Level Livestock Camps My family has shown livestock for generations, so when it was finally my turn in the ring, I felt the need to be the best I could be. My parents and Grandpa Ronnie were my biggest supporters, but also my harshest critics. They gave me great advice that mattered not only in the show ring, but also in life. ...
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OK; we get it, Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about the turkey, but as pork producers, I think we all know a better way. Yes, that’s right – an evening full of purely pork. The Showpig.com crew wondered what a Thanksgiving dinner would look like without turkey, so we headed over to porkbeinspired.com. The National Pork Board’s recipes got us excited about skipping the turkey, and we’re sharing our favorites with you! COFFEE-CRUSTED PORK ROAST WITH CRANBERRY RELISH If we’re going to ditch the bird, we decided to go ahead and forgo the canned cranberry sauce too. Who needs it when you have a coffee-crusted pork roast sidled up to a cranberry relish? This rub, which combines coffee with some bold spices, makes a deliciously dark crust. Besides the festive cranberry relish, it is suggested to be served next to sweet potatoes, good ol’ fashioned mashed potatoes or some green beans....
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Showpig enthusiasts are currently descending on Duncan, Oklahoma. For one week, Duncan transforms into the showpig prospect Mecca of the Southwest. Between the sifts, the sales and the deals to be made in the parking lot, you will find lots to do at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Then, add the excitement of breeding stock shows sponsored by the National Swine Registry, Certified Pedigreed Swine and American Berkshire Association you might never want to leave.  But, if you’re looking for venues beyond the barn, Showpig.com’s team has you covered. If you’re looking for a steak dinner, then your best choice is Wright’s Family Steakhouse. This place is a favorite for the locals. They will recommend a ribeye and a salad bar. If you haven’t had enough cobbler at the fairgrounds, then don’t hesitate to order some for dessert at Wright’s....
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November kicks off a whole month of giving thanks. You’ve likely seen the 30 days of thanks posts already showing up on your newsfeed. Showpig.com believes in the power of gratitude. We think it’s so important that we even dedicated a whole post to the art of writing thank yous. So, it’s only appropriate for the Showpig.com crew to show some gratitude. Pull up a chair, sit down and pass the gratitude, as we share 10 things we’re thankful for. OUR BUYERS –This one may seem fairly obvious, but Showpig.com wouldn’t exist without the folks – you folks – that log on and click their way toward better barrows in their show barn or better genetics for your breeding operation. That means all 32,000 of you registered bidders! We know that it takes a lot of trust to buy an animal halfway across the country, and we’re happy that we provide the platform that allows you to do so. OUR SELLERS – We know that selling showpigs can be stressful. All of your work, passion and even money that you poured into a litter is meaningless without a way to market them. With so much hinging on your next sale, the Showpig.com team is honored that you chose us to help you get a fair price for your prospects and get them placed in capable hands around the country. With three quarters of our listings being sold for an average of $875 per lot, we’re happy to help! OUR STAFF – We may be biased, but we think our staff is the best in the business. We’re grateful to have a team on hand that can not only help our buyers and sellers, but also relate to them. We’ve been there, and that’s why we’re here. EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO VISITS OUR SITE – Whether you’ve bought or sold anything on Showpig.com, we’re downright thankful you stopped by. With more than 65,000 unique IP addresses viewing our site every month, we feel confident that we’re doing more than running a website, but rather providing a resource to people interested in our industry. SHOWPIG.COM ALL STARS – If one thing gets us pumped up at Showpig.com, it’s young people. We’re very grateful to be able to offer the Showpig.com All Star camp each summer. Not only does it provide these young people with immersive leadership and industry opportunities, but also it gives them connections that last a lifetime. OUR COMMUNITY – Showpig.com prides itself in not just building a website, but building a community where swine enthusiasts can communicate and learn from one another. Our social tools such as our forum, Facebook page and blog creates ways to connect people from around the country. THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH – We love sharing what we’ve learned from our years in the industry with our Showpig.com community. The resources page was created to be a go-to stop for folks new to the industry. We hope that it can help you learn more about showpigs from farrowing to the showring at your local fairgrounds. BEING ABLE TO GIVE BACK – Showpig.com feels grateful to be able to give back to an industry that gives all of us so much. We love supporting junior swine associations such as the National Junior Swine Association, Team Purebred, as well as various state organizations across the country. In addition, Showpig.com and The Pig Planet team up each spring to hold the Show Pig Planet jackpot show, which gives away more than $50,000 worth of awards, cash and prizes. LASTING CONNECTIONS – We’re very thankful to all of you who we have met along the way. Showpig.com has given us a way to make lasting relationships with folks in our industry from coast to coast. THE ABILITY TO TOUCH PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION – And lastly, we’re grateful we will continue to have the opportunity to reach out to people across this great nation, forging new relationships. Whether you’re a 4-Her purchasing your first project or an established producer who wants to find new and creative ways to market their genetics, we’re here for you, and we’re so thankful for that.
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The livestock industry’s greatest product isn’t the number of shows organized, nor the amount of banners awarded. It’s not even the elite livestock bred to compete at the highest level. Our greatest product is the youth that will go on and use the skills they learned to impact their communities in a positive way.

 

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If you don’t have a Halloween costume yet, pig out! The Showpig.com team will help you go “hog wild” this year with this quick DIY disguise.  ...
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The Answer Includes Women. We’ve all heard it. With less than 2 percent of the United State’s population directly involved with production agriculture, we have to share our story with consumers about what farmers do. This is especially important since the majority of Americans are removed from the farm. ...
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My name is Chris Fischbacher, and I’m 32 years old. Ilive in Wildorado, Texas. I have been married for 7 years to my wife, Steelee, and we have two kids, Mattlee and Case. I started raising pigs when I was a kid in 4-H, and I have been doing it full-time since 2011. We currently have about 50 sows and a dozen boars. We primarily raise crosses and Yorks, but we also have a few Spots, Durocs and Berks.

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To celebrate National Pork Month, fondly known as PORKtober, the Showpig.com team is catching up with some “agvocates” to learn how we can all better represent the swine industry. This week we have tips from Thomas Titus of Elkhart, Illinois. Thomas operates Tri Pork Inc as well as a purebred showpig operation, RBC Chesters. He is former Face of Farming and Ranching for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance as well as a #realpigfarming advocate for the National Pork Board giving tips on how to best build impactful consumer relationships. So there I was in a back seat of a Yellow Cab in New York City on the way to a salon dinner to talk about how we care for our animals and land. However, the important conversation was not with the dieticians, chefs or food influencers, it was with Shishko, the NYC cab driver who did not know a farmer, but cared about where his food comes from and was looking for more than an answer from Google. Consumers like Shishko, are not looking for a professor or scientist, they are looking for someone just like you who. Someone who has an undeniable passion for animal care. No matter your background, upbringing or exposure to agriculture, we  all have a common bond to each and every person we encounter. WE ALL LOVE FOOD, and in the spirit of Porktober here are 4 tips to consider when taking that scary dive into food conversations!...
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Collegiate livestock judging is equivalent to Sunday night football for stockmen and women, and the National Barrow Show (NBS) is the swine enthusiast's Super Bowl. Will Taylor of Western Illinois University (WIU) just had the honor of topping the reasons division at NBS. The Showpig.com team caught up with Will, and he was kind enough to offer us these tips to help you rock the reasons room. Be Confident – This is easily the most important part of having a successful day in the reasons room. You have to believe in what you say and sell it to the best of your ability. My coaches at WIU, Dr. Mark Hoge and Hayden Wilder, always tell us the goal of reasons is to get the listener to hand you their checkbook and allow you to pick out their livestock. This means you must make the listener believe you are knowledgeable and capable of being a stockman right beside them....
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It’s PORKtober! In honor of National Pork Month, the Showpig.com team is learning what #realpigfarming means to those in our industry. We caught up with Team Purebred President Jordan Monier to see how the swine industry has shaped his life.

 

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Briefly introduce yourself: Jeff Meeker - Boar Stud & Showpig Manager of Meeker Showpigs Location: Forest City, IL...
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Briefly introduce yourself: Jeff Meeker - Boar Stud & Showpig Manager of Meeker Showpigs Location: Forest City, IL...
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Kirk Swanson is known for having a gift when it comes to breeding a selecting livestock. His talents created the legendary sire Hillbilly Bone. If you ask Kirk about his industry success, he will be quick to tell you it’s due to many lessons he learned from mentors along the way. Kirk shared one such lesson with the Showpig.com team.  ...
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Briefly introduce yourself:I’m Will Winter and a third generation WTX.  I live on the farm with my wife, Marisa, son Monster (Colter) and 2-1 (Sutton).  We operate Wintex with Dad.  We run 4.5 acres of showpig and purebred sows and roughly 30 boars.  We row crop farm and are starting to attempt to raise club calves (because we had free time). Location: Lubbock, Texas...
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With summer drawing to a close, many successful show gilts will be retired. But, success in the show ring doesn’t guarantee that female will make a great sow.  Many factors including, condition, care and even genetics will affect that gilt’s future in the farrowing barn. The Showpig.com team caught up with Lynsee Shaffer of Shaffer’s Goldrush to get her tips to make your show gilts into brood sows.  1) Carefully, study your show gilt and take into consideration comments from judges at the shows.  Know the areas she is good and know the areas she needs improvement.  ...
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