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Lessons Learned :: Kirk Swanson

Monday, September 25, 2017

Breeder Central

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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How They Work :: Wintex

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Breeder Central

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).

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Show Gilt to Brood Sow

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition General Care Management Practices Show Pig Health and Nutrition

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.

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Hurricane Harvey :: Look for the Helpers

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lifestyle Showpig News

If you name a hurricane after a man, “he” will get lost, won’t ask for directions, wander around for days and leave a mess. That’s one of the lighter ways Texans describe Hurricane Harvey’s meander through the Lone Star State, which dumped 30-50 inches of rain over large swaths of Texas, according to Montgomery Lone Star Cowboy Church co-pastor Darla Weaver.

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Sale Savvy :: Make the Most of Marketing

Friday, September 1, 2017

Buying Tips Selling Tips

Having a successful sale requires more than simply booking the date. Marketing and promotions are still key to marketing livestock whether they’re selling online or in-person. This week, Kim West of KWest Communications, LLC, tells us how to make the most of your sales marketing.

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How They Work :: Team Sloan

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Breeder Central

I grew up on a diversified livestock operation and was very involved with showing livestock through 4-H, FFA and other junior programs such as the NJSA. I attended Fort Scott Community College as well as Iowa State University (ISU) where I was a member of the Livestock Judging Team. After graduation at ISU, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to return back to Missouri and oversee the showpig portion of Team Sloan Livestock. I am also part owner of Apex Sires that’s located in Indiana, as well as an advocate for Linder United.

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Get Schooled for Ag Careers

Friday, August 18, 2017

Education Lifestyle

It’s time to go back to school, and some of us may be more excited than others to grab our backpacks and head off to learn new things. There is a common misconception that students interested in production agriculture don’t need to pursue further education after high school graduation, but the Showpig.com team wanted to share some stats with you about how important it is to get schooled in ag.

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Lessons Learned :: Warren Beeler

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lifestyle

Warren Beeler has spent decades judging livestock shows around the country. To date, he has shaken the hands of hundreds, if not thousands, of young people showing swine. Through his time sorting stock and showing with his own family, Warren has learned a lot of lessons. Some of which he has even taken with him as he serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The Showpig.com team was fortunate enough to have visited with Warren as he recalled three of his favorites.

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Showpig Science :: Pigs Helping Physicians

Friday, August 11, 2017

Industry News Showpig News

Did you know that, although we may look very different, pigs and humans have a lot in common? In fact, we’re so similar in size, physiology and even genetics that pigs are helping scientists learn more about how to treat human diseases. Here are some ways pigs are helping physicians have more tools to treat their patients in the future.

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Pork Pulse :: #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Showpig News

The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active from July until December.

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Beat the Heat

Friday, August 4, 2017

Education General Care Show Pig Health and Nutrition

Keeping your pigs cool is a key part of having successful, showring-ready projects. Whether you have barrows or gilts in the barn, there is no doubt that they can feel the summer heat. Pigs can’t sweat like you or I, so when they get hot it is harder for them to cool down.

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Keep Calm and Show On

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Showmanship

Nearly everyone has had a case of the showday jitters. Maybe your palms were sweaty while you tried to grip the handle of your new whip, you didn’t feel like eating before the show or perhaps you even forgot your barrow’s pedigree when the judge asked for it in showmanship. Well, rest assured you aren’t the first or the last showman to stumble upon showring stress and nerves.

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Louisville Highlights

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#bidbuyshowwin Showpig News

Did you drive a barrow or gilt to the backdrop that you purchased through a Showpig.com auction? If so, upload your photo to our winner’s submissions page. All winners will be eligible for prize drawings held throughout the summer, and they will be featured on our champion’s page.

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Mixing Your Marketing

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Showpig News

Is your marketing falling a little flat? Perhaps it’s because you’ve opted for a one-sided strategy. Choosing only one medium to deliver your message to potential consumers is like trying to make your favorite cookies only using flour. To have truly successful marketing, you need to mix together several different mediums to deliver your message to consumers. The Showpig.com team is here to give you some quick facts to help you mix up your marketing and create your own recipe for success.

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