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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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New Website!

Hi Everyone!

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 shaffer@shaffergoldrush.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. [ ]

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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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Shaffer Goldrush Open House & Elite Gilt Sale 2013

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!

The tents set up for the Open House in 2012!

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

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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 the your Pig is HOME! Packing your Show Box

What is in your show box?

Packing your show box is kind of like packing your suitcase. If you are anything like me, you tend to over pack. I am always afraid that I will need something the second I don’t pack it.  This drives my husband Bradley nuts, however I would rather be safe than sorry! Especially when preparing for a pig show.
The key to knowing what you will need in your show box depends on the type of show you are going to. If you are going to a one day jackpot show, you will need to pack a lot less than if you are getting ready for your county, state fair, or any other show that you will be at throughout the week.
First of all, you need to read the rules of the show that you going to. Are you allowed to use [ ]

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