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How They Work :: Hi Point Genetics

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Breeder Central

Learn How They Work at Hi Point Genetics.

What is your goal at Hi Point Genetics, when raising showpigs?

Hi Point Genetics of Chrisman, Illinois, work each day to make showpigs better, but this doesn’t stop at the backdrop.

“Not only better in terms of making it to the backdrop, but also better in the sense of being a successful project for the buyer. We feel that if we can make the customers life better, then we have had a successful exchange,” Mike Miller says.

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How They Work :: Decker Family Showpigs

Friday, March 30, 2018

Breeder Central

Chad Decker tells us how they work at Decker Family Showpigs.

Describe your operation. (size, scope, breeds)
We’re a small, 25-sow operation, raising crossbreds, Berkshires and Durocs.

What is your goal at Decker Family Showpigs when raising showpigs?
We try to make highly competitive showpigs, at the state and national level.

What makes your operation unique?
The amount of winners we have been able to produce with such few sows.

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Southwest Type Conference Highlights

Friday, March 9, 2018

#bidbuyshowwin Sales and Shows

Bid. Buy. Show. Win.
Have your Showpig.com purchases found their way to the backdrop? If so, upload your photo to our winner’s submissions page. All winners will be eligible for prize drawings held throughout the year, and they will be featured on our champion’s page.
CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD YOUR WINNER
Speaking of winners, check out these results from the Southwest Type Conference!

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Beyond the Barn: Southwest Type Conference, Round II

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Lifestyle Sales and Shows

The Southwest Type Conference (SWTC) kicks off the month of March in Belton, Texas. For Midwesterners, Belton serves as a summer-like oasis amid winter weather. With a little Southern sunshine and a lot of Southern cooking, SWTC is always a favorite of folks on the show circuit. Last year, we gave you five great stops that took you beyond the barn in Belton. You can see those here. This year, we’re giving you five more places worth venturing to, if you’re itching to explore outside of the Bell County Expo Center.

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The Tipster :: Ask Before You Buy

Friday, February 23, 2018

Buyer Helpful Resources & Blog Posts Buying Tips

Although showpig breeders are often swamped during sale season, they want their potential buyers to ask the right questions. Not only do these inquiries help build rapport between breeders and feeders, but they also allow both buyer and seller to be on the same page regarding needs and expectations.
Showpig.com chatted with Mike McCoy of Real McCoy Genetics to see what questions he wishes his buyers would ask.

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How They Work :: Wendt Livestock

Friday, January 26, 2018

Breeder Central

We have a small family farm. Normally, we have 8-10 Hampshires, a Duroc, and three Crossbred sows in production. Typically, we buy interest in a top Hampshire boar, each year, and use AI from the best boars available. We also have used some frozen semen and old-line genetics to experiment and try to increase genetic diversity in today’s Hampshire lines and use proven sires we like or admire for productivity. We have 30 acres of cropland that is farmed by our neighbor using organic production practices and a few cows we own in partnership to raise show calves.

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Arizona National Highlights

Saturday, January 13, 2018

#bidbuyshowwin

Bid. Buy. Show. Win.

Have your Showpig.com purchases found their way to the backdrop? If so, upload your photo to our winner’s submissions page. All winners will be eligible for prize drawings held throughout the year, and they will be featured on our champion’s page.

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How They Work :: Coulson Showpigs

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Breeder Central

My name is Evan Green. I co-own and operate Coulson Showpigs with my uncle Monty and Grandpa Fred. We currently run about 40 sows, farrowing about four times a year.

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How They Work :: Carl Kent & Sons

Friday, January 5, 2018

Breeder Central

Carl Kent & Sons Showpigs began in 1974 in Pottsboro, Texas. The family consists of Carl and Joyce Kent, Blair and Jessica Kent, Brandon and Mondi Kent, and Brian and Tammy Kent. There are six grandchildren (Morgan, Henlie, Kyler, Hayden, Barrett and Ryder)! The farm consists of 40 showpig producing females and 6-8 boars on stud!

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Show-Ring in the New Year

Friday, December 29, 2017

Lifestyle

It’s nearly a New Year, which means it’s time to reflect upon the last 12 months. During this period of reflection, most of us take note of things we didn’t quite manage or areas where we can improve. Maybe we’re vowing to once again get a gym membership this January, but unlike previous years, we plan to actually use it. Yes, New Year’s always signals a time to set goals for our self-improvement. But, have you thought of creating New Year’s resolutions for your showpig operation.

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Beyond the Barn :: Arizona National

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Sales and Shows Showpig News

The Arizona National Livestock Show has been one of the largest livestock shows in the Southwest and a Phoenix tradition since 1948. This year, exhibitors from 27 different states are making their way to Arizona during their holiday between Christmas and the New Year. With more than 1,500 head of elite livestock expected in the vacation-like, sunny Southwest, it should be an event to be remembered. If you’re heading to the Arizona National, the Showpig.com team put together a few suggestions of places to stop.

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Wrap It Up

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lifestyle Showpig News

The week before Christmas, most of us are about wrapped out, but the Showpig.com team found a type of wrapping that will bring more joy to your holidays. (It may also help you bring a covered dish to one of your many merry festivities.) That’s right, we’re wrapping it in bacon!

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Judging by Experience :: Dr. Blake Bloomberg

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Showmanship

Oklahoma State University (OSU) Livestock Judging Coach Dr. Blake Bloomberg learned just how much complete and total attention to detail livestock evaluation requires as he launched his judging career in 4-H and FFA.

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Showing to Learn

Friday, November 24, 2017

Education Lifestyle Showmanship

My family has shown livestock for generations, so when it was finally my turn in the ring, I felt the need to be the best I could be. My parents and Grandpa Ronnie were my biggest supporters, but also my harshest critics. They gave me great advice that mattered not only in the show ring, but also in life.

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Love It or List It :: Pig Out This Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lifestyle

OK; we get it, Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about the turkey, but as pork producers, I think we all know a better way. Yes, that’s right – an evening full of purely pork. The Showpig.com crew wondered what a Thanksgiving dinner would look like without turkey, so we headed over to porkbeinspired.com. The National Pork Board’s recipes got us excited about skipping the turkey, and we’re sharing our favorites with you!

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