Pig Shows…Not Just Fair Fun
March 17, 2022
Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations
MOUNT OLIVE –Taylor Glover of Pikeville, NC is an Agricultural Production Systems major in the School of Agriculture & Biological Sciences at the University of Mount Olive. She recently participated in the annual National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) Southeast Regional- National Swine Registry (NSR) show held in Perry, Ga. This was her seventh time competing in the show.
At the event, participants, aged 5-21, were able to show up to six purebred and crossbred barrows or gilts. For Glover, contending in the show allows her to meet others who have similar interests in animals and similar desires to compete. The event, also provides Glover with the opportunity to highlight her knowledge of livestock.
The National Junior Swine Association Southeast Regional (NJSA) organized with the National Swine Registry (NSR) Winter Type Conference is an open conference where everyone may show hogs regardless of age. It is, however, limited to only showing gilts and boars. To be eligible to participate in either the NJSA or NSR, exhibitors must possess a Premise ID or federally approved permanently numbered ear tag. In addition, to a permanent ear tag, exhibitors must also have completed and passed Pork Quality Assurance-PQA training for youth and training for Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training annually to participate.
The junior show consisted of several classes. Each class contained about 15 pigs. Of the 15, the judge narrowed his selection to ten pigs and then five pigs for the top placings. Glover exhibited her two Duroc gilts, crossbred gilt and crossbred boar, in the open show. The Durocs placed 4th and 5th in their class. The crossbred boar and gilt placed 1st in their respective classes. The show determines which pigs will make the sale. All of Glover’s pigs made it to the sale, making the show a great personal success.
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