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Preparing for the Purple: Taylor Norris

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#bidbuyshowwin Breeder Central Showmanship

Showing pigs is what Taylor Norris loves to do. When she was younger Norris tried gymnastics and still manages to play a little basketball in the winter. But this Honey Grove, Texas, girl has spent numerous hours in the show barn, and on the weekend of February 26, 2016, those hours paid off.

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Raising Boar Pigs Takes a Good Eye & A Great Sow

Monday, March 21, 2016

Breeder Central Business

Russell Pedrett has been around show pigs since he joined 4-H at the age of 9. He purchased sows for his project, and by the time he graduated high school he had 30 sows to manage. Pedrett says pigs are all he knows, and they led him to his current career of working for Ottenwalter Show Pigs in Colusa, California.

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How They Work :: Stohlquist Showpigs

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Breeder Central

Stohlquist Show Pigs originated from a 10-sow, father son 4-H project that, at one time, was second priority to a herd of Registered Holsteins. Ryan and his wife, Vicky, both grew up on a Dairy farm and shared the passion of showing dairy cattle. To this day, Ryan credits his success to the strong work ethics he built being raised on a dairy farm. Today, Stohlquist Show Pigs, located in Poplar Grove, Illinois, farrows 150 sows and has 15 boars in stud. Ryan says there is no doubt in his mind that they are working with the very best families in the industry and have set their dreams and goals high to help those families accomplish theirs!!!

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How They Work :: Tibbits Showpigs

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Breeder Central

Jordan and Justin Tibbits of Mineral Point, WI, although commonly referred to as brothers, are actually cousins. Their fathers are brothers who have farmed together for 40+ years. In addition to their own 50 sow operation, the four of them together run 250 beef cows and milk 75 dairy cows. Justin, Ashley (wife) and baby Landry live on the dairy farm where they farrow and Jordan lives a mile away where the sows and beef feed lots are located.

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Taking Home Banners & Life Lessons

Friday, February 12, 2016

Breeder Central Lifestyle Showmanship

When asked about his best moment showing livestock, Blake Holmes doesn’t have to think twice before he responds.

He was driving his barrow in the grand drive at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) this past November. The judge selected Holmes’ pig as Grand Champion Market Hog, and, he immediately heard his friend scream with excitement from ringside. Holmes said he will remember that moment forever.

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How They Work :: Crane Show Pigs

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Breeder Central

Crane Show Pigs is a 120-head sow operation in Protechett, Colorado, with 80 replacement females and up to 12 boars in stud. It was founded by Steve Crane in 1991 after he realized that college wasn't for him. He packed it up, after six weeks, and came back home to farm and raise show pigs. Steve and Christi married in 2010, combining households and livestock experience. She is the mother to Katherine (17), Elizabeth (13) and Ryder (10). Christi grew up showing livestock in Texas, and working on her family's cattle ranch. Showing has always been in her blood, but she never dreamed that pigs would someday become a part of that equation. Marketing and public relations are Christi's specialty, and her involvement with Crane Show Pigs has helped transform and expand the operation.

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Team Dickerson in the Show Ring Means Business And Awareness

Monday, January 4, 2016

Breeder Central Showmanship

When things are going badly in the show ring, it’s normal to want to run.

For one junior swine showman this is exactly what she does. But it’s not because of a low placing or because she didn’t have a good gate. Rather it’s because the clapping and noise of the crowd bothers her. Or because someone didn’t recognize how well the pig acted – versus her – in the show ring.

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How They Work :: Real McCoy Genetics

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Breeder Central

With what started in 1973 as a purebred Hampshire FFA project, has evolved into the Real McCoy Genetics we know today – a show pig and boar stud operation in Bloominburg, OH that concentrates on Crossbreds, Hamps, Yorks, and Spots. Real McCoy Genetics manages approximately 120 sows and 40-50 boars year-round. Mike McCoy, and his dad Jim, share responsibilities. Mike’s focus is on managing the sow herd, show pig production and helping with boar selection, while Jim concentrates on the boar stud.

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How They Work :: Lackey Livestock

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Breeder Central

Lackey Livestock is a show pig operation based in Haskell, TX that consists of approximately 40 Yorkshire and crossbred sows. The skeleton crew includes Jason, his wife, Jackie, and sons Weston (7) and Grant (5). They pride themselves on quality with limited quantity and are passionate about helping hard working kids and families thrive in the show ring.

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How They Work :: Triple L Showpigs

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Breeder Central

Triple L Showpigs in Janesville, WI is a small family owned and operated business that started in 2000. Laura and Darren both raised pigs growing up, but their families never continued farming. They took a leap of faith into the hog business together at the age of 22 years old with two small children who are now 17 and 15. They currently run about 50 sows that consist of Crossbreds, Yorkshires, Berks, Spots and a few Hamps. In stud, they have six boars that they collect and offer semen. They both grew up mostly with pedigree swine, but also enjoy the diversity the crossbreds bring to the table.

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Training Tips: Building Show Ring Stamina

Friday, November 13, 2015

Breeder Central Showmanship

Walking, walking and walking – that’s the name of the game for a young woman who has mastered the art of showing pigs. Lea Kimley is an experienced showman who exhibits her love of the show ring and her ability to calmly train a pig to all who watch. She says the key to success is the work done at home. And no matter what time of day or how much she wants to hang out with friends, Kimley works on her pigs to build and maintain the stamina they need to do well in the show ring.

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