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.
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!
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.
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!
Showpig enthusiasts are currently descending on Duncan, Oklahoma. For one week, Duncan transforms into the showpig prospect Mecca of the Southwest. Between the sifts, the sales and the deals to be made in the parking lot, you will find lots to do at the Stephens County Fairgrounds. Then, add the excitement of breeding stock shows sponsored by the National Swine Registry, Certified Pedigreed Swine and American Berkshire Association you might never want to leave. But, if you’re looking for venues beyond the barn, Showpig.com’s team has you covered.
The National Pork Board, the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Smithfield Foods, Inc. and PrairieFresh® Premium Pork joined forces to support the second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign in Central Iowa. The organizations hosted a kickoff event, on Giving Tuesday, to serve clients of the Central Iowa Shelter and Services and provided a nearly 70,000-pound pork donation to the Food Bank of Iowa, courtesy of Smithfield Foods, Seaboard Foods, Triumph Foods and U.S. pig farmers.
The livestock industry’s greatest product isn’t the number of shows organized, nor the amount of banners awarded. It’s not even the elite livestock bred to compete at the highest level. Our greatest product is the youth that will go on and use the skills they learned to impact their communities in a positive way.
We’ve all heard it. With less than 2 percent of the United State’s population directly involved with production agriculture, we have to share our story with consumers about what farmers do. This is especially important since the majority of Americans are removed from the farm.
To celebrate National Pork Month, fondly known as PORKtober, the Showpig.com team is catching up with some “agvocates” to learn how we can all better represent the swine industry. This week we have tips from Thomas Titus of Elkhart, Illinois. Thomas operates Tri Pork Inc as well as a purebred showpig operation, RBC Chesters. He is former Face of Farming and Ranching for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance as well as a #realpigfarming advocate for the National Pork Board giving tips on how to best build impactful consumer relationships.
Collegiate livestock judging is equivalent to Sunday night football for stockmen and women, and the National Barrow Show (NBS) is the swine enthusiast's Super Bowl. Will Taylor of Western Illinois University (WIU) just had the honor of topping the reasons division at NBS. The Showpig.com team caught up with Will, and he was kind enough to offer us these tips to help you rock the reasons room.
It’s PORKtober! In honor of National Pork Month, the Showpig.com team is learning what #realpigfarming means to those in our industry. We caught up with Team Purebred President Jordan Monier to see how the swine industry has shaped his life.
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.