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December Show Pig Online Sale! Tuesday, February 14th

We are extremely excited about our first Online Sale of the year!  The sale will be Tuesday, February 14, 2017 on www.showpig.com!

 

In this sale we are featuring our December shows.  We are selling both barrows and gilts that are perfect age for the World Pork Expo, the National Junior Summer Spectacular, Team Purebred Junior National, Jackpot shows, and early County Fairs.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see them in person call us at 888.690.2022.

Check out the sale here – http://www.showpig-auctions.com/cgi-bin/mndetails.cgi?wendt647

We are featuring several litters!

Berkshire – They are out of Triple Threat x Super Stroke x TNT.  Their grandmother, the TNT sow was the Champion Berkshire Gilt we purchased at the World Pork Expo several years ago!

 

Chesters – The 27 litters are our first litter out of Walk the Line!  Their mother is a Stone Cold x ATM. [ ]

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Job Opportunity at Shaffer Goldrush!

Job Opportunity at Shaffer Goldrush!

Shaffer Goldrush is looking for a manual labor person to perform the daily cleaning and bedding of boar pens along with the cleaning and bedding of the show pig barn. You will also be required to do regular cleaning in other facilities at the farm as well. You must be able to use a scoop shovel, run a wheel barrel, drive a truck, lift heavy objects, be willing to drive a tractor, work with livestock and perform a variety of other farm tasks. You must work well with others, be reliable, have a driver’s license, transportation to work, and a good work ethic. This position will start out as a part time job with hourly pay with the opportunity to turn into a full time salary position with additional benefits. Please call us at 765-789-8349 for more information and to apply.

 

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It’s that time of the year again in the Midwest!

Hi Everyone!

It’s that time again in the Midwest!  Time to start working with our pigs for the 4-H fair!  Many of you already have already have your show pigs and are starting to work with them.  This is always a fun time of the year.

Lynsee and I are currently working on our blog series for 2014!  We were wondering if there were any topics that you would like us to discuss or tips on training your pig that you would like us to go into more detail on.  We want these blogs to be useful and helpful to you as you are preparing for the show.  So we decided to ask you!  Just comment below!

Also, we love pictures!  If you have any pictures of working with your pig while following the blog, we would love to see them!  We may even feature them in a blog!  Email them to us at [ ]

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Updates

We at Shaffer Goldrush would like address the concern of PEDv here at Goldrush and in the swine industry.

We at Shaffer Goldrush, DO NOT have PEDv as of 2/12/14.  We all know how rumors like to fly around the industry and we wanted to let our customers rest assured that we currently do not have nor have had PEDv in the past.

If we would break here at Shaffer Goldrush our customers will be the… first to know.  We will up front and honest with everyone.  We will have a plan of action set into place and pass all of that information on to our customers immediately.  Our relationships with our customers are extremely important to us and we would do nothing to hurt that relationship.  We value each and everyone of you and we want you to succeed in the swine industry.

We are currently testing weekly for PEDv just like [ ]

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Your Farrowing House Environment

Having the proper environment in your farrowing house is extremely important.  It is just as important as lining your sow up to the right boar and the nutrition they will receive throughout their life.  You want it to be as comfortable as it can be for both the sow and baby pigs.  This way you are getting the maximum performance out of the sow and the babies.  It doesn’t matter whether you just have a few sows or you have over 100, sow and baby pig comfort and care is our number priority in the farrowing house.

Temperature

Temperature is tricky when it comes to the farrowing house.  This is because the sow and piglets each have a different ideal temperature.  Sows like for it be anywhere from 60 to 65 degrees.  Baby pigs like it to be at least 85 degrees during the first 3 days of their life.  After that [ ]

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Farrowing House Season is Here!

It’s that time here in the Midwest!  Farrowing Season!  One of the most fun times of the year!

We know many of our customers are new to the farrowing process, and in this blog we would like to give you a good idea of what you are about to experience.  This may also prove
helpful to those who have been farrowing for years, as it seems new situations come up every year!
The farrowing house is one of my most favorite parts of raising pigs!  I just love everything that has to do with these little rascals!
Everyone has their own protocol when it comes to the farrowing house.  If you are new to this, you need to come up with your own protocol as well.

Before your sow farrows:

Have your sows in the correct condition to farrow – Many people mistake that the thicker (fatter) their sow is the healthier it is. WRONG!  [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 8

This week I want to focus back on showmanship and preparing your hog for the show. Before I get into detail about showmanship again, I want to encourage you to constantly be evaluating your hog. It is important that we know what we like about our pig and what needs changed about our pig. If you are uncomfortable about evaluating your pig, ask a friend or 4-H advisor that you trust to come evaluate. Just like in sports, it is important that we keep improving our pig daily. This means if the pig is not changing, maybe you need to be switching feeds. (Not necessarily brands, just the specific feed you are on)

Today I really want to focus on how to get to the next level of showmanship. We have talked about the basics of keeping your hog moving, keeping a good 10-15ft. from [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 7

For most of you school is or almost out for the summer!!!! Hurray! Now is the time to really start to focus on your show pigs. As we have discussed in previous blogs, especially week 4, walking twice a day will become a must at this point. In the morning make sure you are out and finished walking before the heat sets in, usually 9am. In the afternoon practice showing like you’re in the show ring, refer to blog #5.

Today I want to talk about clipping and show pig.

Clipping

At this time in the show pig industry, clipping is HIGHLY recommended. It makes your pig look more presentable and cleaner. I always recommend practicing clipping at least one more time before you officially do it for fair. Practicing about a month before will give time for the hair to grow back if you happen [ ]

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Now the your Pig is HOME! Packing for the show!

If you are like most of us, you wait until the last minute to pack for a show. You end up running around and trying to throw things in the trailer and something is usually forgotten. We are hoping that this list can get tucked away in your brain to help ease the stress of preparing and packing for the show. Whether it is your first show you are attending or your 100th show we are hoping that packing for a show can be stress free!
Before you pack, find out what the unloading rules are at the show. For example, at our county fair, you can take your tack up the day before the pigs arrive. This is great because you can set everything up and then the next day all you have to do is unload your pigs and you are set! However [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 6

Finally we are having nice weather for working with our pigs (or at least in the Midwest)! We have spent a lot of time over the last 5 weeks preparing ourselves and pigs for the show! I hope all of you that are following the blog are very happy with your results! As always any questions that you have along the way, feel free to contact us and simply ask.

*Remember to keep walking your pig daily and practice your showmanship skills as much as possible. The bigger your pig gets the more important it is to keep them exercised so their joints stay loose. **Now that it is getting hot out, be very careful not to overheat your pig. Taking your pig to the wash rack (or simply hose them off) before and after you walk will work wonders keeping them cool.

As we are [ ]

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