Check out today’s update!
Check out today’s update!
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. She is a littermate to Stonehenge who stands here at Goldrush!
Durocs- We are offering several Duroc litters! They are out of Forever Friday, Mount Summit and All Inclusive. We feel that these guys are on track for their maturity pattern.
Hampshires – We are excited about the Hampshires we have to offer!
The 72 litter is our first litter out of HERE I AM here at Goldrush!
The 73 litter is our first litter out of Eye Candy here at Goldrush!
The 84 litter we lined Outlaw up in that pedigree. They are Here I Am x Outlaw
The 87 litter is our first litter out of Contender. Their mother is also a littermate to the High Points Hampshire Barrow on the 2015 Indiana Junior Swine Circuit
Landrace – These guys are out of Wall Street x Got ‘Em. Their mother was the 2016 Champion Landrace Gilt at the NSR STC. We are very excited about these guys!
Tamworths – The 24 litter is a Bentley x Dozer. There mother is our original Tamworth sow that has raised Champions all over the country!
Yorkshire – We are selling a powerful group of Yorkshire females. We have litters out of Power Stroke, Golden Gate, and Priority One.
Crossbreds -We are featuring crossbred barrows sired by a purebred Hampshire boar. They are Criminal x The Joker and the 77 litter. These guys are perfect for the new class at the 2017 World Pork Expo. It is a Hampshire Sired Crossbred Barrow class! There will be added premiums for this class. This is a great opportunity! You can check out all of the rules on the National Swine Registry’s website!
The 75 litter are Party Up North x Mile High x Motown. Their mother is our 20 litter sow. She was the Grand Champion Crossbred Gilt at the Randolph County Fair several years ago and is a littermate to Reachin’ High who stood here at Goldrush. She is also the mother to Gun Shot and Treasure Island who are on stud here at Goldrush and has raised the Grand Champion Barrow at the 2014 Delaware County Fair and the Grand Champion Overall at the 2015 Orange County Fair.
We also have crosses out of the Justice, Bail Bond, Blue Sky and Gun Shot.
We would love for you to call and discuss these guys with us! You can reach us at 888.690.2022!
If you visit our website frequently, you may have noticed that we have updated it! We have added some new features and hopefully made it more user friendly! It is also mobile and tablet friendly! Hopefully that will make looking at boars and other information easy to find!
New Features Include
1. You can now upload your Champion pictures directly from the website! We hope this will make it easy to get send us champion pictures. As always, you can email us pictures at email@example.com as well.
2. We have added a Gestation Calendar feature. You can find this on the top of the website. If you click on the gestation calendar, it will take you to another page where you can put in the date you want to breed to get the farrowing date or if you know you when you want babies born, you can figure out when to breed. We hope that this tool will be helpful in your breeding decisions.
3. Being mobile and tablet friendly. We are hoping that you can navigate the website with ease while on your phone!
4. We are also bringing the blog back! Due to welcoming new members into our family, the blog took a backseat. We are now hoping to bring it back to pass along helpful information to our customers! We are currently trying to decided what series we will be doing to do in 2017. If you have any topics that you would like us to cover or know more about, let us know and we will consider them!
We hope to see you around the blog!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is our series from last year call Now that your Pig is HOME!
Each blog demonstrates a weekly step by step progress of preparing your pig for the show. Remember that you need to master the techniques of blog before moving on to the next blog. This is a marathon not a sprint. Great sporting teams first practice. It takes weeks and weeks of working together and getting to know each other before everything clicks into place. It is the same with you and your pig.
Part 1: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 2: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 3: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 4: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 5: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 6: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 7: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Part 8: Now that your Pig is HOME!
Good Luck this summer!!
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 we do every week for PRRS. These results are available to you and your vet upon request at any time.
We are fortunate at Goldrush to have our Boars, Show Pigs, and Sows located at different sites. The boars on stud are located approximately 2 miles from the Sow and Show Pig locations, including our office. This is part of our biosecurity plan. We are hoping that if we do break at one site, we would be able to keep it out of the other location.
This being said, PEDv is a very real in the swine industry. It is affecting many of our friends in our industry and PEDv does not make exceptions to who it affects next. Even farms with strict biosecurity protocol are falling victim. We consider ourselves extremely lucky that we have not broke. With that, you never know what tomorrow will bring which can be extremely scary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by PEDv.
If you would like to discuss any of this with us, please give us a call 888.690.2022 and we would be more than happy to talk to you.
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 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 they like is around 80 degrees or so.
To do this, we usually keep the room somewhere between 72 and 74 degrees. We then supplement heat to the baby pigs by heat lamps. For the temperature in the room, we simply use an LB White type of heater. This way the sows are not getting too hot but it is still warm environment for the baby pigs.
Heat Lamps or Heated Mats
Having a supplemental heat for baby pigs is very important. This way they get under the light and stay warm. Make sure you set your heat lamp up in a dry, draft free area that is away from mom. We normally put a mat down under the heat lamp to give them something to lie on as well. Our farrowing crates are slatted, however if you farrow on concrete or dirt, the mat will also be helpful so they do not get a chill from the floor.
If you use a heated mat or pad in your farrowing pen, then you don’t necessarily need a heat lamp. One of the two makes a huge difference for the baby pigs.
When hanging your heat lamp, you need to make sure you have it hung up in an area that none of the pigs or the sow can reach it. Also it needs to be high enough off the ground that the baby pigs cannot reach it. We do not want the heat lamp to turn into a fire hazard. Trust me; if they can reach the cord or heat lamp, they will tear it down. Safety is always a major concern with these!
Deciding if the temperature is right in your farrowing house
Your pigs will tell you if your farrowing house is too cold or too warm. Make sure you watch them for signs, that way you can adjust your temperature settings.
If the heat lamp is too hot for baby pigs, you will notice they are not directly lying underneath the heat lamp. They will be lying off to the side of the heat lamp. If this is happening to you there are three things you can do. 1) Raise the heat lamp higher away for the floor. 2) Change to a lower wattage bulb. 3) Lower the temperature in the room. As pigs get older, sometimes we will take out the actual heat bulb and put in a standard 60 or 100 watt light bulb. It still gives off warm heat, but it is not as intense.
If it is too cold in your farrowing house, you will notice that the baby pigs are piling up on each other to stay warm. Some piling is common especially in younger pigs, but usually piling pigs means cold pigs. Turning the temperature of the room up a degree or lowering the heat lamp will normally solve the problem.
Your pigs need good air quality to thrive and grow. Farrowing houses are known to be dusty. This is usually because the sow’s feed tends to be dusty. Simply wiping down farrowing crates or pens is one way to help keep the dust down. Another way to keep dust down is to raise the fat content in the feed. Talk to your feed provider for a lactation feed diet if this is a problem for you.
Proper ventilation is vital. If you are farrowing in an enclosed room, you will need some kind of ventilation system. A small fan or window will work wonders. Just getting air flow through the room can make a big difference. The tricky part comes in not creating a draft on the baby pigs and not blowing too much hot air out the window.
Most people think that ventilation is just important when it is hot outside, however it is just as important in the winter months as well. Our fans and furnace are both connected to a control panel. We have our room set to stay between 72 and 74 degrees. If the temperature would fall below 72 degrees, the furnace will turn on. We then have the fans set up if the room would reach a certain temp, the fan will turn on. If they both are running at the same time, then something has terribly gone wrong. This also keeps the air in the room from getting stagnate and stale smelling. Pigs like fresh air just like you. If you go into the room and it feels stuffy then you need to adjust some things. However controlling the temperature and air in the farrowing house is a lot easier in the colder month’s verses the summer months.
Summer months are trickier because it is warmer outside. If you are like us and live in an area with humidity, then you have that to deal with as well. You will need a way to cool down the room and knock the humidity. We have what we call a cool cell to keep our sows cool. A cool cell is a water drip system. On end of the barn we have the cool cell unit, then there are fans on the opposite side of the building. The fans pull cool air through the cool cell and this cools the room down. This is a very nice system, just not always the most practical if you are farrowing out a few sows at a time. If you can keep air moving through the room, it will work wonders. We know people who drip systems above their sows as well. Even having a fan blowing on each sow is helpful during this time of the year. Our goal is for the sow to be comfortable and not too hot so she can produce milk to feed her babies.
A clean farrowing house is always a happier farrowing house! We simple as this seems, it is very important. Cleaning out from behind the sow and keeping the pen dry will help the babies develop to their full potential.
It is most important that your pigs are comfortable! You have to pay attention to it every day. Every farrowing room is different, so you need to develop a plan that works best for you and your sow herd. Remember 5 degrees of temperature change and a shovel can be just as helpful as an antibiotic or vaccine.
It’s that time here in the Midwest! Farrowing Season! One of the most fun times of the year!
Medications — Talk to your vet and see what their protocol is as far as shots giving during labor, after labor and to the baby pigs. This way you are prepared before she has her litter
Heat Lamps – We place in heat lamp in each of our farrowing pens. You need make sure that they are low enough to where they can feel the warmth of the lamp, but high enough to where they babies can’t reach them. Also make sure the cords cannot be reached by the babies or sows. We do not want these turning into a fire hazard.
Its that time of the year! Shows are starting to wind down in the Midwest and thoughts are now being shifted to breeding for this Fall! Such a fun and exciting time of the year as we all try to find that perfect match in hopes of raising Champions for the following year!
Every year we have the Shaffer Goldrush Boar Open House and Elite Gilt Sale! This year it is being held on Saturday, August 24, 2013. It is a day of fun for the entire family! It is a great day to come out and view the boars that we have on stud, eat lunch and hopefully learn a few things along the way!
Schedule of Events
9 am – Registration
10 am – A.I. Breeding Demonstration
11 am – Lunch!
12 pm – Boar Viewing
2:30 pm – Elite Gilt Sale
We start the day off with the A.I. Breeding Demonstation. This has become a staple at our open house. We will walk you through the steps of heat detection, proper breeding techniques along with semen storage. We will have a live demonstration on a sow to be a visual for everyone. Most of the time will be dedicated to questions. Any questions that you have, this is a great time to ask! We hope that this is a helpful for everyone whether this fall will be first time breeding or if you are a seasoned pro at it!
Next is Lunch! We love food!!
We will be viewing approx. 45 of our Powerful Herdsired! We will be parading old favorites along with our new purchases from this summer! We try our best to show all of the boars that everyone wants to see, however we try to keep the viewing around 2 hours. If you have any questions. please feel free to give us a call!
We are offering a powerful set of gilts for sale! The sale will start around 2:30 or 30 minutes following the boar viewing. Check out the PDF below of the gilts we are planning on selling!
(to open the PDF, you have to click on the Gilt Sale link above, then a new page opens and you have to click on it again and then the PDF will open)
Any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 888.890.2022 or email us at email@example.com! We hope to see you there!
Address of the Open House — It is held at our Boar Stud and not at the office.
6266 N 1150 W
Farmland, IN 47340
(Map Quest does not recognize this address, but Google Maps does)