Hello everyone! My name is Temma Monroe, and I had the fantastic opportunity to be one of the 2022 Showpig.com Summer Interns.
A little about me, I am from Elizabeth, Colorado, and I am going into my senior year at Iowa State University, where I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications with a minor in Event Management. I grew up showing pigs and judging livestock at the county, state and national levels.
What I really mean is be willing to be the most unexperienced, uneducated person in any room you are in because that is when personal growth happens. Let me explain.
Starting my first internship, I can assure you I was most definitely the dumbest person in the room 99 percent of the time. Starting something new can be scary, and many days I would walk into a room with big thinkers, communicators, businessmen and women, activists, professors, doctors; people with years of experience and ideas.
"This is a people business, and our kids are driving so more than just a show pig. It’s truly a vehicle to get them to where they are going and who they are going to be. It’s easy sometimes to forget how special a place the show barn really is. Somedays the emphasis on winning as the only measuring stick for success overshadows our real purpose."
October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a perfect opportunity to shine a light on the Jackie Bauer Buddy Program, started by Team Purebred. This program came to fruition in a Team Purebred board meeting this past January. The organization wanted to find a way to honor Jackie in all she did for the organization and the positive influence she left behind.
The show pig industry is comprised of a unique community of people. If you are on the outside looking in, you may not understand the passion people have for a four-legged animal, but it is so much more than what happens in the show ring. When put to the test this summer, the industry united together to become stronger than ever. The life lessons and skills the swine industry teaches people daily definitely shined and showed during this trying time in our country. The 5 reasons why the show pig industry thrived in a pandemic:
Springfield may be known for being the capital of Illinois, but the last week of June it’s also the home of Team Purebred, Certified Pedigreed Swine and Berkshire summer shows. Showpig people from all over will flock to central Illinois to take part in the festivities. If you’re heading to Springfield, we have some things to do beyond the barn.
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.
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.