How to Practice Biosecurity when Showing Pigs

Biosecurity. If you are in the swine industry, this word should resonate with you. And, specifically with showing pigs, biosecurity becomes an even more sensitive topic as summer shows are heating up and young exhibitors are traveling across the country to national shows and jackpots in their own states and surrounding states.  With animal disease […]

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Mark That Card: Hampshire Barrows

Thank you Lake Land College Livestock Judging Team for providing placings and officials for this class. Placing: 4-2-1-3Cuts: 2-5-2 I sorted the Hampshire Barrows 4213. I think both barrows up top capture the basic market hog fundamentals, but I’m personally drawn to 4’s elite build quality. His relaxed blade angle and correct hip and hind leg allow […]

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Considerations for Summer Hauling

Young livestock exhibitors spend countless hours, days and weeks getting their livestock “dialed in” for summer shows. This year, due to COVID-19, they’ve had a little extra time to work with their animals since numerous late spring shows have been cancelled. As some states begin to open up, while others remain closed, exhibitors are hauling […]

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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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