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Show Lessons from a Show Pig

By: Marisa Linton Showing pigs, while a great deal of fun, is also a lot of work. Beyond the typical feeding, brushing, and daily care of your pig, it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to train your pig. Hours, in fact, of walking and turning, and pretending your mom is the judge. Exhausted yet? It certainly can be. Show pigs have a lot to learn if they are ever going to become champions. However, perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from our show pig.     1. Complaining doesn’t help when you must do something. It …

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What do you need in order to survive the NAILE?

 By: Katie Pieper   Sure, everybody’s needs are different, but this is your reminder checklist of staple items to be sure to pack in preparation for heading the Louisville.   · Coffee, 5-Hour energy, or for the health nuts, green tea. Regardless of how or what, make sure you have an endless supply of CAFFEINE! This is, first and foremost, extremely important! I could not survive 5 days in Louisville without it.     · A close second, be sure to get yourself a couple pair (because this is a good excuse to buy something new) of Twisted-X shoes. Whether …

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10 Things You MUST Do in Kansas City

  The leaves are turning, the thermostat is dropping, and that means the start of what livestock kids have been patiently waiting all year for…FALL SHOWS! Over the next few weeks, over 10,000 exhibitors will be headed to the Kemper Arena to show at the American Royal. We know that for so many of you on Team Showbloom, these shows also double as a family vacation….so we came up with a few fun things that you have to do when you`re in Kansas City!     1) Watch the Steer Show! The Kansas City steer show has become known as …

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Insider tips for a successful World Pork Expo

Countdown to World Pork Expo 2017 quickly approaching single digits! Founded in 1987 by the National Pork Producers Council, World Pork Expo draws thousands of hog enthusiasts from across the United States every year.   World Pork Expo boasts having “something for everyone” interested in the hog industry both domestically and nationwide. Last year, attendance tallied approximately 23,000 individuals and 350 agricultural companies. Guests enjoy an expansive trade show, educational seminars, industry updates and networking with some of the industry’s best.   Members of Team ShowBloom, however, tend to have one thing on their mind—the show ring. In 2016, 1,290 …

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ShowBloom NEW pellet length

To All ShowBloom Users, In response to an overwhelming number of requests, we have decided to shorten the length of the ShowBloom pellet (the diameter will remain the same). This will allow for easier mixing and less separation in feeds, and more importantly, greater ease of feeding and consumption by smaller livestock species such as swine, sheep and goats. Rest assured that neither the formulation nor quality of our product has changed. We believe, as many of our customers do, that this simple change will have a positive impact on ShowBloom usage and sales to all species, as well as …

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Judges Divulge 10 Secrets to Winning Showmanship

Most times when you lead livestock into the ring, the judge’s job is to evaluate your livestock. However, when competing in a showmanship contest, it’s not the confirmation of your animal that’s under scrutiny, but you. Showmanship is a tough contest, but an important one, as the better showman you are, the better you can make your animal look when it counts. At ShowBloom, we understand the importance and value of Showmanship competitions and are proud to sponsor the showmanship series at Belt Buckle this summer in Texas. We sat down with the contest judges to see what they are …

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EIEIO: Species-Specific Societies and Organizations

By Dr. Angela Mays, PhD This EIEIO is a follow-up from November’s post titled “Societies and Organizations.” This month’s links are a bit more species-specific but similar to other societies in that their membership usually consists of college students and professors, veterinarians, industry personnel, research scientists, and anyone else interested in the research and science focusing on poultry, equine and swine. These societies publish articles accessible through membership journals or open access online. Each society also offers other membership and non-membership benefits as well. Take a minute and check out the links below and keep looking for more society and …

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Where Would We Be Without Agriculture?

By Kathleen Schubert As Toby Keith sings: I wanna talk about me, Wanna talk about I Wanna talk about number one oh my me my. What I think What I like What I know What I want what I see. I like talkin’ about you, usually, But occasionally I wanna talk about me! Ok, so maybe I’m not Toby Keith, but I do wanna talk about me! Hi, I’m Kathleen. I grew up on a small cattle ranch in South Texas. You’ve probably never heard of Riviera, but that’s the place I call home. It’s where I grew up and where …

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