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.
Did you know that, although we may look very different, pigs and humans have a lot in common? In fact, we’re so similar in size, physiology and even genetics that pigs are helping scientists learn more about how to treat human diseases. Here are some ways pigs are helping physicians have more tools to treat their patients in the future.
The Pork Checkoff has selected 12 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active from July until December.
Did you drive a barrow or gilt to the backdrop that you purchased through a Showpig.com auction? If so, upload your photo to our winner’s submissions page. All winners will be eligible for prize drawings held throughout the summer, and they will be featured on our champion’s page.
As the saying goes, “If you have livestock, you will have dead stock.” That’s why protecting your four-legged investments is a wise thing to do. The Showpig.com team caught up with Mart Smith, the president of The Smith Sawyer Smith Agency, located in Rochester, Indiana. Mart has a long history of insuring livestock, and he helped us answer some of the questions we had about the process.
While it isn’t November, summer is a great time for the people of the showpig world to practice gratitude. Whether you’re selling a market hog at your county fair, topping a national sale or just exhibiting at a show brought to you by sponsors, being gracious is an important part of making lasting connections in this industry. The Showpig.com team put together some thoughts about saying, “Thanks.”
Any swine enthusiast knows that Des Moines, Iowa, is the place to be the first week of June. Not only do the Iowa State Fairgrounds serve as a showpig Mecca, with one of the largest and most competitive shows in the country, but all of this is just part of the largest swine trade show in the world. The World Pork Expo is an experience you shouldn’t miss. But, if you’re looking for venues beyond the swine barn, Showpig.com’s team has you covered.
It’s graduation time. For some folks, this means gearing up to find their first “real” job. This can be an intimidating time for new graduates. But, if you grew up exhibiting, raising or judging swine, you likely are a step ahead of many of the other applicants. Here’s Showpig.com’s tips for the job hunt.
For more than a decade, Austin Pueschel has been showing pigs. This Sturgis, Michigan native has seen success on the national stage, served as a Team Purebred Junior Board member, and has placed in the top 10 showmen at every major swine show. Currently, Pueschel is attending Iowa State University, in Ames, to pursue his degree in agricultural business. He was kind enough to share with us some of the tips and tricks he learned through the years to help train your showpigs.
These days everyone is tied to a smart phone, tablet or computer. With these tools at our fingertips it only makes sense to put them to work. Here are five fun apps that can help swine producers and showmen keep better records, learn about the cuts of meat and even check withdrawal times for a drug they used on their market hogs.
The Show Pig Planet Jackpot Show was held in April 30 in Huntington, Indiana. Exhibitors presented 498 head, and they were awarded $40,000 in prizes. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks to our sponsors for providing this great opportunity.
Purchasing pedigreed showpigs has some perks of special classes and sometimes sponsored breed prizes, but this comes with a little paperwork. National Swine Registry’s Eastern Field Representative Blaine Evans offers his tips and tricks to make sure your pedigreed paperwork will be perfect for show day.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations regarding on-farm use of medically important (to human health) antibiotics were effective Jan. 1, but it’s important to note that extralabel drug use (ELDU) rules remained in place.
Chances are your barn will be filling up with showpig prospects. They may be trucked hundreds of miles by a hired hauler or be purchased from a breeder right down the road. Regardless, keeping prospects healthy after you purchase them is a key ingredient to showring success, and the stress of sales, travel, strange feed and a new environment makes this task challenging at times. The Showpig.com team caught up with Dr. Mike Tripp, swine veterinarian from Ringling, Oklahoma, to learn how to keep prospects healthy and productive.