WHATIS THE NSR?

The National Swine Registry (NSR) is the pedigree livestock association for the purebred Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire swine breeds in the United States located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The NSR represents 87 percent of the total purebred hog population in the U.S.

The NSR's services include litter registrations, performance pedigrees, breed promotion and marketing assistance. The NSR is capable of meeting all of your genetic needs, including free genetic consultation and across-herd genetic evaluations.

The four breeds comprising the NSR are making significant contributions to the overall profitability of the swine industry. Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire represent 87 percent of the total purebred hog population in the United States.

DUROC

THE WORLD’S
TERMINAL SIRE

HAMPSHIRE

AMERICA’S MEAT
& MUSCLE SIRE

LANDRACE

THE WORLD’S
MATERNAL BREED

YORKSHIRE

AMERICA’S COMPLETE
MATERNAL BREED

MAJOR CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP

There are two types of National Swine Registry membership: Senior Life Membership and Junior Membership. Within each of these classes there shall be active and inactive status for members.

SENIOR LIFE MEMBERSHIP - $85

You are encouraged to join the individual breed association if you are interested in breeding purebred Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc or Landrace swine. A Senior member must be over 21 years of age and a resident of the United States (or a corporation incorporated under United States law). To receive a Senior Life Membership, payment of $85 will be collected which includes the one-time membership fee of $10 plus the first year's $75 maintenance fee. This payment should accompany the application for membership.

NOTE: “First Year” Senior Life Membership fees are $85; $10 for the lifetime membership fee and $75 for the first year’s maintenance fee. After the first fiscal year, a maintenance fee of $75 per breed is all that is required.

JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP - Free

Activities for youth are a growing part of the National Swine Registry program. To encourage junior activity, junior memberships are available, at no charge, to all breeders under 21 years of age. Junior memberships are issued only in the name of an individual person. Junior memberships register and transfer under the same conditions as Senior Life Members.

ACTIVE STATUS MAINTENANCE FEE- $75/year

To be an active Senior Life Member an annual maintenance fee (annual dues) of $75 per breed is due and payable on Jan. 1, for Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc and Landrace of each year. With this $75 annual maintenance fee, the member will automatically receive a Seedstock EDGE subscription.

The second criterion for active status membership is to record breeding stock at least one litter during the previous fiscal year.


History of National Swine Registry

The National Swine Registry (NSR) formed in 1994 as a result of the consolidation of the American Yorkshire Club, the Hampshire Swine Registry and the United Duroc Swine Registry. In January 1998, the American Landrace Association joined the NSR.

This consolidation effort allowed for increased efficiency in the services offered to purebred breeders through the elimination of duplicated resource allocation, and established a unified approach to the future development of programs and services for each of the four breeds.

These four breed organizations are located in one central office in West Lafayette, Indiana, Below is a current depiction of the current NSR membership demographics, and show the NSR includes a membership base that represents nearly all of the states in the continental U.S.

The NSR's services include litter registrations, performance pedigrees, breed promotion and marketing assistance. As well, the NSR has created various educational materials, including a swine-judging video. The NSR is capable of meeting all of your genetic needs, including free genetic consultation, across-herd genetic evaluations, and a National Four-Breed Sire Summary. This National Sire Summary is published every six months and includes all trait leaders in each breed.

The four breeds comprising the NSR are making significant contributions to the overall profitability of the swine industry. Hampshires, Landrace, Durocs and Yorkshires represent 87 percent of the total purebred hog population in the United States.

OUR BREEDS

Each of the respective breed associations that comprise the National Swine Registry have a long and rich history that goes back to the 1800's. During the time when each association operated as a separate entity, the general oversight and development of each breed was governed individually.

In the earlier stages of the purebred seedstock industry in the U.S., breeders typically raised and sold one breed of hogs. Over time, these breeders began to take part in more than one organization, as the average seedstock supplier maintained several breeds on their farm to meet the demands of the U.S. commercial producer. As this trend increased throughout the 1970's and 1980's, an increase in the level of sophistication of commercial clients was also taking place. As the commercial clients of purebred seedstock suppliers began to utilize more specific crossbreeding programs, this ultimately placed increased pressure on the seedstock supplier, and ultimately, the needed services offered by breed organizations.

Please send any comments or questions to nsr@nationalswine.com.