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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 4

Today I want to spend some time talking more in detail about building endurance in your show pig.  Whether you are serious about being competitive in showmanship or just want to do well in class you have to have a hog that can “go the distance”.  From a judge’s opinion, it is much easier to pick a winner that is still walking and not looking tired compared to a pig in the corner that is panting and foaming.

I know that most of you are still in school and the plan I’m about to give you will require walking early in the morning.  It is up to you whether or not you want to start walking in the morning now or once you get out of school.

Building Endurance:

Just like an athlete will train multiple times a day, so does your show pig.  A great way is to walk morning and night.  [ ]

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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 3

I hope to find everyone that has been reading the blog happy with the progression of their show pig!  If you are still having trouble training or have any questions please feel free to ask!

Now we are starting the third week of training and I would like to stress the importance of repetition.  Pigs like most of us, like to follow a daily routine.  I understand there is a lot going on for many of you with school, sports, band, work, and whatever else, but we need to make sure that we are still walking our pig daily!  This is to continue to train them for show day, plus to provide exercise.  Exercising daily will keep their joints loose so they will stay sound, increase appetite, and allow regular bowel movements.

Today we are going to start talking about the tricks of the trade.  Common questions we get are how do [ ]

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Now that your Pig is HOME! The Importance of Water

We all know how important water is.  It is the most essential nutrient to any living being.  Without water we would not be able to grow, develop and survive.  Water plays an important role for your pig.  It helps with the digestion and movement of nutrients through the body as well as acts as an agent to help maintain body temperature.  Over 50% of your pig’s weight
is water as well.  That is why sometimes when you take your pigs to weigh in, they weigh less than what they weighed at home.

Fresh Water

We get several questions throughout of the year where pigs just are not growing like they should and more times than not, not getting enough water turns out to be the culprit.
Most of the time, we do not even realize our pigs are not getting enough water until it is too late.  Today, we are going to talk [ ]

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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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Now that your Pig is HOME! Part 1

First of all, thank you to everyone who has or is planning on purchasing a show pig from Shaffer’s Gold Rush. We really appreciate your time and business with us!

I am going to start a weekly series, Now that your Pig is HOME, to help guide you on the training of your show pigs and preparing them for the show.

PART 1:

As spring is coming around and the weather is warming up, it is VERY IMPORTANT to be getting your pig out in the yard! It is never too early to start walking and training your pig. Obviously, your pig will not be trained by day one. They are either going to run everywhere or not move at all! This is why it is crucial to get your pig out now, while you weigh more than your pig! The pig is still small enough that [ ]

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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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Online Sale #1 – Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Its that time of the year!  Show pigs time!  We are excited to announce that we are having our first online sale of 2013!

We will be selling these guys and gals on showpig.com , Tuesday, February 12, 2013!

We are offering 31 powerful December show pigs that are perfect for the World Pork Expo, NSR Summer Spectacular, jackpot shows, and early county fairs!  We believe that this is one of the best sets of pigs that we have ever put together!

You can view our entire line up by visiting the online sight here or check out the photos on our facebook page!

Here is a sneak peak of some of our entries!

Lot #5

19-13 Duroc Gilt

Sire:  Big Buck

Dam:  Hoosier x High Performance

DOB:  12/8/12

Lot #13

54-8 Yorkshire Gilt

Sire:  Security

Dam:  High Cotton x Full Size

DOB:  12/10/12

Lot #21

50-2 Hampshire Barrow

Sire:  Wimbledon

Dam:  Titanium

DOB:  12/3/12

 

Let us know if you have any questions!  You can call us at 888.690.2022 or [ ]

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