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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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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 5

Now that have spent the first 4 weeks training your pig, let’s focus this week on training the showman! It is important to work on ourselves just as much as we practice with the pigs. So today I am going to go over the basics of showmanship and “social protocols” in the show ring. Even if you are not planning on doing showmanship (Which I strongly encourage everyone to try) it is important that you know the basics of showing, to get the best look of your pig in the show ring. A judge will take you more seriously, if you take showing seriously.

*Keep referring to the previous blogs and continue to walk and train your pig daily! About this time it can get tiring to do the same thing every day, but I promise it WILL pay off!

Basics

Keep the pig moving at all [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! All about the environment!

Where your pig eats, sleeps, and uses the restroom is a big part of their overall health and wellness, food consumption and growth rate.  Where your pig lives at, also known as their pen needs to be big enough so they have separate places to do all of these.  We know that everyone has different size pen space available to them.  Some pens are square with a dimension of 8 x 8 for example and others are more of a run where they are longer and not as wide.  An example size of this pen would be 4 x 12.  We suggest that your pens are also big enough to where the pigs can get up and move around throughout the day since this where they spend most of their time.

We recommend that each pig has their own pen as well.  This is for several reasons.  One is that you [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 2

After a week of your show pig learning how to walk in and out of the barn and is comfortable in the yard, you can begin to work them a little more.  The next step is to teach
them how to turn and walk by using only your show utensil.  Just like before, it will not be easy the first day you try this.

** Try to use the whip or pipe that you will show with.  Pigs like a consistent routine, so if you start with a whip use it the whole time.  A pipe and a whip feel different than each other.  Also, remain calm and just have fun with your pig in the yard.  We still have plenty of time before the show so if your pig is being stubborn, keep a herder board out in the yard with you to help.  The more your pig is out the [ ]

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Preparing Pigs for the Shaffer Goldrush Customer Appreciation Sale

Every year on the 2nd Saturday of March we hold our annual Shaffer Goldrush Customer Appreciation Sale!  It is in Richmond, IN at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

This year the Shaffer Goldrush Customer Appreciation Sale is being held on March 9th, 2013!  We hope to see you there!

This is a great event to market December and early January show pigs that are sired by Goldrush boars!  We try our best to advertise the event and cosigners who are bringing pigs to the sale.  We do this by listing the cosigners along with what they may potentially bring to the sale on our website and our facebook page.  We also encourage cosigners to upload pictures of the pigs they are bringing to sale to our facebook page.  We can point potential customers and buyers to the sale to these pages.

Whether this is your first time bringing pigs to [ ]

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