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 youth exhibitors from 32 states made the journey to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for some of the fiercest competition in junior hog shows. No doubt about it, preparing for the World Pork Expo takes a little extra effort to get the most out of your hogs.
ShowBloom sat down with some of our top feeders to get some of their secret tips for success at WPX. Here are some tips from our barn to yours:
- Prep your trailer.
With 32 states represented at last year’s WPX it’s clear that exhibitors are putting on the miles to make it to Des Moines. Make sure your truck and trailer are ready for the trip to help cut back on any unexpected roadside issues. A clean truck and fresh bedding will help you start your week off right.
- Keep them cool.
Temperatures are quickly on the rise the first of June so make sure that your trailer, and stall at the show, is as comfortable as possible for your hogs. Consider putting ice under the bedding in your trailer for your hogs to be able to push their nose against.
- Work on stamina.
At WPX classes are large, the ring is big and depending on where you’re stalled you might be quite a walk from the show ring. Stamina in your hogs is going to be important. To get the most drive out of your hog work to build this stamina up at home. Extra exercise is a must and will help you be successful and prepared for the week.
- Don’t travel full.
To help cut down on stress and heat, don’t over fill your hogs before putting them on the trailer. We also suggest traveling at night if at all possible and feeding accordingly for the length of travel.
- Stay consistent.
Shows are stressful on both your stock and your family. Try to stay as consistent as possible while at the show. Feed the same way, at the same time and keep hogs in their routine. Don’t forget, even though you’re at a show—you’re still just feeding hogs.
- Have a show day plan.
As mentioned above, your pen might be quite a walk from the show ring. Make sure on show day you have a plan ready ahead of time. That way your hog is up, washed, cooled down, filled and then ready for the long walk in plenty of time to the ring.
Good luck at WPX Team ShowBloom! We can’t wait to hear about the successes of your week.
For more information on how ShowBloom can help your hogs be successful this summer visit our website, showbloom.com.