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.
The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” but in online sales a good picture could be worth a thousand dollars. Like it or not, picturing your sale offering is simultaneously one of the most nerve-wracking and rewarding parts of the online sale process. Showpig.com caught up with Sarah Weisinger of Weisinger Farms to get her tips for taking the shot.
Belton, Texas, is the home of the Southwest Type Conference (SWTC). It’s long been a favorite swine show stop for barbecue lovers and Midwesterners searching for some Southern sunshine. While there has been a lot of talk about some favorite stops, we decided to try and find some of the obscure, hole-in-the-wall attractions for you to enjoy – with the exception of Schoepf’s, since it is a Belton classic.
Raising boars is a major investment. Like anything that takes so much time and money, it’s important to get a positive return on the investment. It is critical to keep the boars healthy to maximize the return on your investment.
Luke Lindner runs 110 sows in Comfort, Texas with his father, Jason Lindner and girlfriend, Fallon Ferguson. Luke was introduced to the showpig world at a young age by his father, Jason who is the owner/operator of Linder Feed and Milling. In 2010, he and his father started raising crossbred hogs just for Luke to show in the competitive Texas major shows. In 2015, after Luke graduated high school, he made the decision to stay home and work at the feed store, and built his own sow operation. Luke has always taken great pride in being a part of the showpig industry, whether it’s raising show stock or making feed for the youth!
Going to a jackpot show can be super fun. The people and the laid-back atmosphere make these events a worthwhile experience for any showman. The benefit of going to a jackpot show are more than playing cards at the show box and taking home a great prize for breed champion. In fact, jackpots can provide an invaluable and unique experience for most young showman.