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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! 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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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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What a day at the Fort Worth gilt show!

Wow!  That is all that we can say!  We have been more than blessed with an awesome showing from Shaffer Goldrush offspring at the Fort Worth Stock Show Gilt show!  Congratulations to all of the breeders, exhibitors, their families, and everyone else who helped along the way!  We are extremely proud and excited for you!  All we can say is, what a day!

 

Bull Rider sired the Grand Champion Gilt Overall (Champion Duroc Gilt)!  She was bred by JJ Genetics and sold at Duncan.  I believe she was the 7th Overall Duroc Weanling Gilt!  Exhibited by Paxton Knies!

Capital Investment sired the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt Overall (Champion Hampshire gilt)!  She was bred by Diamond V Show Pigs!

Mile High sired the Champion Crossbred Gilt!  Shown by Jeremiah Gonzales.  Bred by Jacob Holland & Luke Pharr!

We will more updated information soon!

 

We hope that everyone is having a great week!  We are preparing [ ]

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Happy Friday 1/18/13!

We hope that everyone had a great week and has an even better weekend!

This has been a busy but random week here at Goldrush.  We are gearing up for our 9th annual Customer Appreciation Pig Sale.  It will be held on Saturday, March 9th at the Wayne County Fairgounds!  We will be posting the entry form very soon!  This year we will be having Brian Hines from Michigan in to sift the pigs and Kevin Wendt will there to auctioneer.  We are also excited to announce that this year we will have Karen Miller from Karen’s Kaptured Moments (KKM) there to take pictures!  We are very excited about this new addition to the Sale!  Hopefully taking pictures will go much smoother than in the past!

Bradley and I are also gearing up to head to Denver!  This will be our first time attending and we are really looking forward to it!  [ ]

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Online Breeding Certificates

We are excited to announce that the online breeding certifcate request form is here!  We have working hard on way to better help our customers and we feel that being able to request a breeding certificate form is one way that we could do just that!  You can request these any time of the day and from the convience of your home, office, phone, or where ever you are!  Our goal is to process these right away but please do allow us 3 business days.  If you need one done right away, just give us a call at the office and we will take care of that for you the same day!

Here is how to request the breeding certificate form.

1.  Go to our website

2. On the home page, scroll down until you see the Online Breeding Certificate banner

3. Click on it

4.  Fill out the information for the litter you have [ ]

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Revolution -A Hampshire Sire

Revolution

(Point Taken x Home Grown)

Bred by Heimer Hampshires

Reserve Champion Hampshire Boar at the 2012 Fall Classic in Duncan, OK

 

We are extremely excited Revolution!  We feel that Revolution is one of the most unique and powerful Hampshire boars we have seen.  Revolution is stout made with a huge top and hip!  One the move, he is super sound structured.   We want to say Thank You to Jesse and his family for giving us the oportunity to own this great sire!

He has now been here about 2 months and he still looking great.  We can’t wait to see pigs out of him this summer!

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What is a Breeding Certificate?

A commonly asked question we get is “what is a breeding certificate and do I need one?”

A Breeding Certificate is required by the breed registry in order to register your purebred litter.  What the breeding certificate does is confirm the sire of the pigs.  Below, we will take you through the steps of requesting a breeding certificate.

We are currently working on making to where you can request your breeding certificate online off of our website.  We will keep you posted as soon as this is available.  We are hoping that this allow you work on this when you have time and just not limit you to our office hours to request the breed cert.

Each breed registry require processes and requires something different for a breeding certificate.

We do the NSR, CPS, and Berkshire Associations breed certifcates online directly to the association.  When you send in your litter registration form, they match these [ ]

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Welcome!

We would like to welcome everyone one to the Shaffer Goldrush blog!

This blog is something new that we have added in hopes to better serve and inform our cusotmers.  Our goal is to post information that will be useful and helpful in you and your family’s swine operation.  We will not only be posting new boar information, show pigs information, and special savings when ordering semen, but we are hoping to provide you with showmanship tips, farrowing tips, funny stories, and maybe throw in our favorite receipt every once and while.  We are hoping this will be a place that will not only provide you information and be helpful but entertain you as well.

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2013!

 

Aimee Inskeep

 

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