Making the Transition from Spring to Summer with your Show Livestock

Throughout the country, hints of spring are everywhere. And while many spring shows have been canceled or postponed through March and April, your show livestock projects are likely still a priority as you prepare for the potential of summer shows. Use this extra time of social distancing to work with your animals and practice your showmanship skills.   Since the jackpot […]

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Mark That Card: Duroc Gilts

Thank you Luke Ziegler with National Swine Registry for providing placings and officials for this class. Placing: 4-2-3-1 Cuts: 3-6-2 I like the Duroc gilts 4231. I’m high on the breeding value of both gilts up top. I like to build them from the ground up, so 4’s more durable bone and foot give her the nod. […]

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Plan Ahead When Hauling Livestock in Adverse Weather

Wouldn’t it be nice if every livestock show was just a short drive from home? And wouldn’t it be even more ideal if we could haul our livestock in 55-degree weather with no humidity, no storms, and dry, clear roads? Unfortunately, there is no “utopia” for hauling livestock to shows, even if you live 20 […]

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Misconceptions about Managing Livestock Body Temperature in the Winter

Humans tend to worry about the weather and the outside temperature. And rightfully so, especially if you are involved in agriculture. Your crop planting, growing and harvest times rely heavily on the weather. And, when you have livestock, you want to keep them safe from the elements and provide them as much comfort as you […]

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Mark That Card: Crossbred Gilts

I like the Crossbred Gilts 2413 with cuts at 4-2-2. I’m quick to tie into 2’s elite combination of stoutness of feature and look of maternal function. Here’s the stout skulled, opened up female who reads the densest in her body design, and it is truly impressive she highlights her added power by still being […]

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Tips for Commingling Show Pig Prospects

Nothing is more exciting for young livestock exhibitors than getting new show prospects into the barn. For many youths with winter shows, it won’t be long until it will be time to start picking out and bringing home new show pig projects. However, there’s not much more frustrating than battling a barn of sick young […]

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