While online sales offer endless options from breeders all over the nation, hauling baby pigs to their final destination can be a challenge. Transporting your pig can be one of the most stressful steps of the online buying process – not just for you, but more so for your pig. Long-time hauler Trent Lahr out of Indiana shared his top five tips for hauling baby pigs to reduce stress and ensure they unload to a great start.
Final Drive Genetics is a 50-sow, showpig operation located in Shipshewana, IN. It is owned and managed by Jordan and Katie Leatherman and Jordan’s dad, Todd Leatherman. In addition to her duties with the operation, Katie is also a 4-H Extension Agent for Purdue University in Elkhart County, IN.
Keppy Showpigs, located in Durant, IA and is run by Kaylee Keppy, her brother Jake Keppy and her fiancé Cole Rushing. Kaylee grew up on a crop and livestock farm and was very involved in 4-H and FFA showing livestock. She attended BHE and ISU and received a degree in Animal Science. She was also involved in the livestock judging programs at both schools. In addition to her responsibilities with Keppy Showpigs, Kaylee is a show feed specialist for ShowTec in the Midwest.
There are plenty of choices regarding breeding decisions but one in particular is, “what direction will this sire take me?” Whether a hog breeder is just beginning or has invested a lot of time and money into building their sow herd, the choice of which sire to use can be a big one.
Raising livestock has lots of ups and downs but having a successful first litter of pigs can be one of the most agonizing parts of the business.
A sow’s first litter can determine her longevity. If she has a great first litter with no farrowing problems, no infection, no mastitis and eats well then this will improve how she deals with her future litters.
As a seasoned stock show dad and well-traveled auctioneer, Kevin Wendt, CEO of The Wendt Group corporation, has done his homework on the hot spots to grab a bite to eat over the years. And yes...we're going to share his culinary finds with you!
Purchasing livestock can sometimes feel like a true gamble. A bred female can create some piece of mind when adding breeding pieces to your herd. She’s not only bred and can offer a quick return on investment, but you have the opportunity to purchase a female bred to an appealing sire and due to farrow at an ideal time for your market.
Picturing sale pigs is notably one of the most challenging part of online auctions. But at the same time can really make or break the success of an online offering. Below are some tips and things to consider when picturing prior to your online sale.
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.