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Sale Savvy :: Taking the Shot

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Business Selling Tips

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.

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Asking Questions & Relaying the Right Information

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Business Selling Tips

“What is your best pig in the offering?” or “Which pigs would you consider the top five in this sale?”

These are some of the most common questions that breeders receive when talking to buyers about their online sale offering. However, the answers to these questions are not as simple as one might think. Providing the seller with some basic information about your goals, budget and expectations can lead to a much better answer and ultimately provide you with the best pig for your specific needs.

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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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Designing a Vaccination Protocol for Your Operation

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Breeding Stock Health & Nutrition Business

Protecting livestock and providing the best form of care is a goal every young exhibitor should strive to accomplish. After all, showing is about more than placing in the ring. Feeding properly and maintaining overall animal health is a big part of raising show projects, and part of the big picture is being able to give vaccines appropriately.

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Grow Your Herd: Smart Ways to Expand

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Business Management Practices

You’ve been in the hog business for a few years now. Your farm has nine sows and you have been able to afford to successfully breed and farrow them, selling several of the pigs as show pigs, and you are happy with the results you have accomplished. But now it’s time to expand. You need some capital to grow the herd, purchase more equipment and make investments.

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Evaluating Breeding Decisions

Monday, December 14, 2015

Business Management Practices

When a swine breeding decision is made, the owner can only hope the mating produces a healthy, high-quality litter of pigs. Using a new sire or starting a new sow herd can be a gamble, but that’s also part of the fun. From the time the babies hit the ground and are sold as show hogs, then fed, trained and exhibited at their final event, it’s important to keep track of each pig’s progress. Tracking their pigs from birth to the final show, helps the breeder decide whether that particular mating was a success or not.

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Kirk Swanson’s Method for Keeping or Culling Females

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Business Selling Tips

Each year decisions must be made on which sows to keep in the herd. Breeders may feel a tug at their heart strings at the very thought of culling a sound, easy-keeping, docile sow, but when elite genetics, efficiency and consistency are the name of the game, tough decisions have to be made.

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Video Tips: Getting the Best Shot

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Business Management Practices Selling Tips

It’s sale time and anxious buyers are scanning the web looking for the right pig at the right age. As a breeder you’ve made the decision to video a few of each litter, and put them in an online sale. With a camera in hand you head to the barn, anxious to get some video and send it to your website sale manager.

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6 Tips for Staying Sane through Your Sale

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Business Management Practices

The invoices, the registration papers, the delivery schedule, and you can’t forget the pigs. The only way to stay sane is to get organized. When pigs fly, you say? Remember, the goal of organizing is to make your business functional. Being organized doesn’t have to be difficult, just keep it simple.

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Customer Service Beyond the Sale

Monday, October 19, 2015

Business Management Practices

Your sale is complete, pigs have been delivered, and now you can relax for a few days, close the book on this sale and focus on your next set. Well…not exactly. Continuing a relationship with your buyers beyond the sale gives you the opportunity to develop strong relationships that can create customers coming back year after year.

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Juggling It All During Busy Season

Friday, October 9, 2015

Business Management Practices Selling Tips

If you aren’t talking on your phone, it is ringing. All while it continually dings and bings from text messages and emails. This can only mean one thing - it is sale season. Seasoned breeder, Rory Duelm, owner of Duelms Prevailing Genetics, has managing communication in the bag. Here are a few of his tips.

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Capturing the Perfect Shot of Your Prospects

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Business Management Practices

Photographing picture-perfect pigs is about as easy as trying to say photographing picture-perfect pigs ten times fast; not very. Wrangling baby pigs to photograph is often the hardest part of the business. Here are some of the secrets from the experts in the business to help you get the perfect shot.

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