It’s graduation time. For some folks, this means gearing up to find their first “real” job. This can be an intimidating time for new graduates. But, if you grew up exhibiting, raising or judging swine, you likely are a step ahead of many of the other applicants. Here’s Showpig.com’s tips for the job hunt.
For more than a decade, Austin Pueschel has been showing pigs. This Sturgis, Michigan native has seen success on the national stage, served as a Team Purebred Junior Board member, and has placed in the top 10 showmen at every major swine show. Currently, Pueschel is attending Iowa State University, in Ames, to pursue his degree in agricultural business. He was kind enough to share with us some of the tips and tricks he learned through the years to help train your showpigs.
These days everyone is tied to a smart phone, tablet or computer. With these tools at our fingertips it only makes sense to put them to work. Here are five fun apps that can help swine producers and showmen keep better records, learn about the cuts of meat and even check withdrawal times for a drug they used on their market hogs.
The Show Pig Planet Jackpot Show was held in April 30 in Huntington, Indiana. Exhibitors presented 498 head, and they were awarded $40,000 in prizes. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks to our sponsors for providing this great opportunity.
Did you know that the Pork Checkoff has one of the most comprehensive swine quiz bowl and skillathon study tools available?
With most prospects purchased and summer show season right around the corner, some young people will also be studying for the many other competitions and events available at shows throughout the nation. One such event, the skillathon, gives young people the opportunity to test their chops in all things swine related, such as breeding, animal well-being, swine health and other key topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.