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June 07, 2024
Do you need help packing for your next show? If you're getting ready to leave for The Exposition, or any other show this summer, but struggling with what all to pack for the week, this blog is just for you! We know that packing for a national show can be a daunting task, especially when preparing for the whole family. Having traveled the country showing pigs for 15 years, the Sponcil family from Greenfield, Ohio, has some great tips so you don’t forget a thing!
May 23, 2024
Showmanship. As an exhibitor, it is the one time you will step into the ring where the only thing that matters is your talent and your ability. So what makes a good showman? Showmanship judge Emily Miller was kind enough to give us a rundown of her personal Showmanship Do's for the next time you step into the ring. Whether you are just starting out or the most seasoned showman, find helpful showmanship reminders from a nationally recognized evaluator.
May 10, 2024
Join the Showpig team in welcoming our 2024 summer interns! We are proud to have Abi Lilliard of Abilene, Kansas, Kiley Allen of Le Mars, Iowa, and Grace Ahrens of Canal Winchester, Ohio, serving the Marketing & Events team.
December 27, 2023
Have you ever wondered what would happen in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak? To be honest, it is not an often thought among producers and consumers. At least for Brody Nemecek, a fourth-year student at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry, he admits it was not something he was particularly worried about.
April 03, 2024
It’s that time of the year. You have spent hours searching, traveling, and bidding on show pigs in the hopes of finding “The One” and now your set is in your barn, and the real fun begins. You want to give your new show projects the best chance to succeed you can. We sat down with Travis Platt of Platt Showpigs to get his top 10 tips on what to do when you get your new show pigs home. Read below to set yourself up for success this show season!
January 25, 2024
Interning with as the summer events and marketing intern, I was pushed creatively and grew both personally and professionally. If you want to be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best, and the staff at is the BEST. 
December 18, 2023
What would the holidays be without the unbeatable combination of family and delectable food? In the spirit of the festive season, we have gathered a scrumptious selection of recipes from the Showpig family to share with you!
December 11, 2023
When it comes to showing pigs, exhibitors receive many gifts. Showing pigs is the catalyst for passion to intertwine with purpose, and the opportunity to show goes beyond competition. This experience weaves together responsibility, leadership, and character. The show barn becomes a place to create friendships, nurture a sense of community, and uncover opportunities. It's not just about exhibiting the best livestock; it's about embracing the gifts given to each exhibitor and each family that participates in exhibiting livestock. 
November 30, 2023
Showpig and the National Pork Board (NPB) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to enhance and support the show pig industry. This collaboration focuses on delivering practical resources, educational programs, and advocacy support to producers and exhibitors.
November 21, 2023
Giving back during the holiday season is a wonderful way to spread joy and make a positive impact on your community. Here are six ways to give back this holiday season.
November 01, 2023
This year was my first summer away from my beloved pig barn. When accepting a position with The Wendt Group as a Summer Events and Marketing Intern, one thing was certain — the long, yet rewarding, days spent on the family farm and inside my safe space, the pig barn, would be few and far between.
October 23, 2023
In the industry we all know and love there's a constant push to be better every day. Many of us have an internal drive to excel – to raise better livestock, become great competitors, and evolve into better individuals. Becoming better begins with understanding ourselves.
October 03, 2023
County fairs are an American tradition, offering a blend of community spirit, agriculture exhibition, and youth engagement. One of the longstanding traditions within these fairs is the livestock auction, where young exhibitors have the opportunity to sell their livestock projects. In the case of Scurry County, Texas, what was once a modest auction that merely covered exhibitor costs underwent an extraordinary transformation, raising over $750,000 for their exhibitors.
September 25, 2023
In a universe bustling with noise and ceaseless clamoring for attention, crafting a personal brand that not only stands out but harmonizes deeply with your audience has become the holy grail of distinction. Amidst this whirlwind, an Instagram post from a dear friend and loyal customer of Lackey Livestock, described the brand as "MAGNETIC."
August 21, 2023
Lexi Marek Beeler, the owner of LMB Consulting, put herself in the seats of the attendees at’s All-Star Camp and shared five things future leaders should know to become a leader in agriculture. Lexi started sharing her passion for agriculture on social media many years as a show pig exhibitor and she has continued to use her communication skills to pave a diverse career in agriculture. Her experience includes roles at a start-up business, a government agency, a corporate company, and now as an entrepreneur.
August 09, 2023
Emily Miller, a Marketing Agent for, attended the Texas Pork Industry Conference hosted in Lubbock, Texas, in June of this year. Emily served on a panel which covered topics such as creating effective outreach and sales marketing strategies through communications and social media. We recently caught up with her to tell us more about the conference and her involvement.
August 02, 2023
“There are no people like #mypeople.” This statement, directly from one of our own, is perhaps one of the most meaningful and commemorated our All-Star’s heard at camp. Most of these kids had never been surrounded by their “people” outside of a livestock show setting. To see these young individuals grow and make deeper connections with their peers, without the company of livestock, was inspiring to say the least.  
July 02, 2023
Louisville, Kentucky, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby — or in your case, the NJSA Summer Spectacular. While you may only know Louisville for these significant events, it is home to much more than horse racing and pig shows. From barbeque joints to upscale steakhouses, there is variety and selection everywhere.
June 26, 2023
We know that oftentimes these weeklong pig shows act as your family vacation. You may not be at the beach, but we hope that your time together as a family provides those same memories that would be made elsewhere. While in Springfield, Illinois for the Team Purebred National Junior Show, you can go on vacation with the array of food options available in the city. From Texas barbeque to authentic Italian homestyle cooking and even fresh seafood, Springfield can take you wherever you please.  
June 11, 2023
While most of your time at The Exposition will be spent in the barn making memories with those who share in your same passions, soon enough you will be desperate for some AC and a bite to eat! We may all know Iowa for its booming pork production and more specifically, Des Moines for its infamous fairgrounds, but what you may not know is that the city houses a few places that are sure to satisfy your inner foodie.
June 08, 2023
Packing for long trips and pig shows can be stressful, but making a detailed packing list can provide some ease. Before opening up your suitcase to pack, you might consider opening up your notes app and creating a packing list of things you possibly need for The Exposition. To successfully conquer Expo – and the HEAT – follow along for an itemized list of what you don’t want to forget.  
April 12, 2023
Giving back and supporting local communities is a huge part of what makes the livestock industry so special. Whether that is through your time, money, or donations, it all matters and makes a difference. As we head into a new show season, take some time to think of ways your project can be used to give back once your time showing your animal is complete. There are places in multiple states that allow you to donate pork for families in need.
April 05, 2023
We are excited to announce the addition of three summer interns at The Wendt Group!
March 29, 2023
Every now and then, the stars align to create a moment and memory of a lifetime. That is exactly what happened for Sage Bearden and her most recent accomplishment. Hard work, persistence, and bit of luck came together in a perfect storm as she was named the Grand Champion Market Barrow at the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
January 05, 2023
You have a new set in the barn. It’s time to set some goals for your year! Setting goals is crucial because they provide direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose with your project.
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