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Showpig.com All-Star Team

We are seeking high school students with a love for pigs!

Showpig.com is seeking nominations for the top 24 high school and current eighth grade students in the nation to be a part of the Showpig.com All-Star Team and take part in the summer Leadership Conference. We are seeking current 8th grade, high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors who love pigs and have a desire to make a difference in the world through leadership and community service. Ideal candidates are dreaming and planning a future within the swine industry (showing or production) and desire to be challenged in cutting-edge leadership and livestock thinking.

Beyond the honor and recognition of being selected as one of the 24 best young people in the nation, this team of highly motivated and talented students will gather in West Virginia this summer for a five night, six day, life-empowering Leadership Conference where they will:

  •         Learn practical show ring and swine production applications from national leaders.
  •         Build a reproducible quarantine barn that addresses one of the swine industries greatest needs.
  •         Be involved in "Farm to Table" and "Farm to School" projects.
  •         Experience the Greenbrier Resort in the Allegheny Mountains.
  •         Be immersed in the rich agricultural and livestock culture of West Virginia.
  •         Building life-long friendships with other students from across America.
  •         Come away with greater dreams and visions for their chapters and their personal livestock future.

Showpig.com is excited to invest in young people within our industry through our All-Star Team. We believe that being part of the 2014 Showpig.com All-Star Team will be a life-changing experience! The Leadership Conference will be in Romney, West Virginia. Thursday, June 12th – Tuesday, June 17th. We are seeking the help of teachers, agricultural organization leaders, parents, grandparents and friends of high school students to nominate potential candidates.

Questions about PEDV? Don't miss Pork Board's Webinars!

Do you have questions about how Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) will affect the showpig industry? If so, check out the National Pork Board's PEDV FAQ Webinars tailored for those who show, sell and exhibit swine.

The Pork Board will host two webinars, one on Friday, Feb. 21, and another on Monday, Feb. 24. To log-in and join the discussion, use the access codes listed below.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 
Time: 3:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Meeting Password: p0rk
To join by audio conference only:
Phone number: 1-877-668-4490
Access code: 578 265 276  

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 
Time: 3:00 p.m., Central Standard Time
Meeting Password: p0rk
To join the audio conference only:
Phone number: 1-877-668-4490
Access code:576 424 800 

If you have questions regarding the webinars or would like to submit a question about the virus to Pork Board, please contact Bryn Jensson at bjensson@pork.org.  

For more information regarding PEDV please use these references provided by Pork Board. 

Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales – click here for information
Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions and Sales - click here for more information
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – What Is It? - click here for information

A Letter to Our Exhibitors

Recently, there have been many questions in regards to swine health concerns and how this may impact shows and events hosted by National Swine Registry (NSR), the American Berkshire Association (ABA), Certified Pedigreed Swine (CPS), the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) and Team Purebred. In particular, the presence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has generated speculation of cancelling events hosted by purebred swine associations.

The swine industry consists of multiple production segments, including the purebred swine and showpig industries. We understand the importance of continuing to offer avenues for our members to market seedstock through NSR, ABA and CPS-hosted shows and sales. It is also vital to provide youth with opportunities to gain positive experiences through NJSA and Team Purebred-hosted swine shows. As a result, the swine breed associations will continue to offer scheduled events, as planned, with the cooperation of our participants.

In order to continue to provide opportunities for sales and exhibitions, it is important that breeders, exhibitors and swine industry leaders work together to uphold biosecurity guidelines and follow health regulations that are in place. Take ownership in educating yourself on biosecurity and swine health guidelines with accurate information provided by credible sources. If hosting sales or delivering purchased pigs, be sure to obtain proper health certificates that meet all specified state requirements. Many states have different health requirements for livestock transport and entry.

The associations have continued to keep open lines of communication with state and show veterinarians and officials that assist with the coordination of our scheduled events for 2014. We continue to seek guidance in developing health protocols for shows and sales in order to ensure the best biosecurity protocols are in place. Participants in events are encouraged to continually monitor our organizations’ website for updates on health requirements.

It is the responsibility of breeders and exhibitors, of all ages, to be conscious of monitoring swine health before, during and after shows and sales. The National Pork Board has developed many excellent resources on biosecurity for exhibitors and show managers. Below are links to articles that have been developed with exhibitors and show managers in mind.

We appreciate your willingness to cooperate with exhibition and transportation guidelines in order to help protect the swine industry. As history has proven before, when the swine industry has been challenged with adversity, its passionate people have collaborated to persevere.
Resources from the National Pork Board
Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Going to Exhibits or Sales – click here for information
Swine Health Recommendations: Organizers of Exhibitions and Sales - click here for more information
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) – What Is It? - click here for information

ATTENTION: Southwest Type Conference Exhibitors

With the Southwest Type Conference quickly approaching, exhibitors are encouraged to review the following information. It is important that all exhibitors are diligent in complying with inspection of swine and health certificates at shows & sales. Also, be sure that CVI’s meet all health regulations listed below for the Southwest Type Conference.

Arrival & Check-In
• Hogs may begin arriving at the Bell County Expo Center at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26th. All swine must be in the barns by 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27th.

• Upon arriving at the Bell County Expo Center, swine and health certificates will be inspected at a vet check point prior to unloading. Any animals unloaded prior to veterinarian inspection will be dismissed from barns and forfeit participation in the show and sale.
Health Regulations
1. Each animal must be accompanied by TWO COPIES of an official interstate health certificate issued by a licensed, accredited veterinarian. Certificate must show name and address of consignor; consigned to the Southwest Type Conference, 301 W. Loop, Belton, TX 76513; individual identification of the animal; and health status of animal including the dates of required tests and vaccinations.
2. All certificates must be issued on or after Jan. 30, 2014, with the following information: 
    1. All animals must be tested for Pseudorabies (PRV) and Brucellosis on or after Jan. 30, 2014, unless they come from a PRV qualified and Brucellosis validated herd. Swine tested for PRV and Brucellosis must show the date blood sample was drawn (month, day and year). If the herd of origin is PRV qualified and Brucellosis validated, individual testing of the swine will not be required. In this case, the PRV qualification and Brucellosis validation numbers must appear on the health certificate and complete date (month, day and year) must be stated on certificate.
    2. Leptospirosis vaccination is required on breeding swine within 30 days prior to entry with vaccine containing the following strains: Canicola, Hardjo, Icterohaemorrhagiae, Grippotyphosa, and Pomona. Vaccination date must appear on the health certificate.
    3. A statement must appear that says the animal has not been fed garbage, has not had any signs or diagnosis of TGE or PEDV in the last 60 days, has not been exposed to hog cholera, does not originate from a quarantined herd, nor has the herd of origin had PRV within the last six months, nor have the entries themselves been vaccinated for PRV; also that vesicular stomatitus has not been diagnosed within 10 miles of the farm of origin within the last 30 days
    4. Certificates are not required to be state stamped. In some instances these rules are in addition to Texas regulations, but are necessary to sell animals into some states.
General Biosecurity Reminders
We encourage event participants and attendees to review the following biosecurity information provided by the National Pork Board.

Swine Health Recommendations: Exhibitors of All Pigs Attending Shows & Salesclick here for information.

ATTENTION! Updated Southeast Regional and Winter Type Conference health requirement

Due to a recent change in health requirements for exhibition, exhibitors attending the NJSA Southeast Regional or NSR Winter Type Conference are required to meet the following requirements for pseudorabies and brucellosis testing.**

    1. All hogs must be tested negative for brucellosis and pseudorabies within 30 days of the event, unless swine originate from a validated brucellosis-free herd and a qualified pseudorabies herd. Validation and qualification numbers and the date of last test conducted must be recorded on the certificate of veterinary inspection.
    2. This includes all junior show and open show animals. (Georgia entries that are only participating in the junior show are an exception to the 30 day health certificate and are eligible to use seasonal health certificates for Georgia exhibitions)

For complete rules and regulations visit nationalswine.com.

**Due to the short notice of this updated regulation, if you are unable to obtain test results prior to the event, please contact Brian Arnold at arnold@nationalswine.com or 765.463.3594 ext: 106. 

NSR Office Closed January 6-7, 2014

The office the National Swine Registry will be closed on Monday, January 6th and Tuesday, January 7th due to severe weather conditions.