The address for the NSR Office is: 2639 Yeager Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906, and the phone number is (765)-463-3594.
The current NJSA calendar year is August 1-July 31. All ages are as of Jan. 1 of the current NJSA year, and all new policies will be effective beginning Aug. 1, unless otherwise specified.
You can find information about the NJSA by visiting the NJSA section of the NSR website, calling the NSR office at (765)-463-3594 or e-mailing Ellen Knauth, the NSR Director of Junior Shows, at email@example.com.
You can sign up to be an NJSA member on the NSR website. Click on READ MORE under the MEMBERSHIP heading on the NJSA page and fill out the online form. A certificate and new member information packet will be mailed to you within one month.
NJSA membership is completely free. However, a $15 Junior Show Fee has been added to exhibit at each NJSA event. This fee is to help cover expenses with the NJSA Regional and National Shows. The participation fee will be paid at each show that the NJSA member participates in during the NJSA show calendar year (August 1st – July 31st). This excludes affiliate events.
You never have to re-new your NJSA membership. Once you sign up to be an NJSA member, you will remain a member until you are no longer 21 years old or younger as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
As an NJSA member, you receive the annual NJSA calendar, the June Youth issue of the Seedstock EDGE magazine, e-mail updates and the opportunity to compete in several of our shows and events.
To be an NJSA member, you must be 21 years old or younger as of Jan. 1 of the current year. There is no minimum age limit; youth can join the NJSA at any age. However, to participate in a NJSA show, the member must be able to exhibit their pig or compete in educational contests on their own with no assistance from ANYONE, including parents, siblings, NJSA Junior Board, NSR Staff, etc. or the member will be disqualified from the competition. Special arrangements can be made beforehand for exhibitors that need it. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Ellen Knauth at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 765-463-3594 ext. 101.
There are four age divisions in the NJSNovice (8 and under), Junior (9-12), Intermediate (13-16), and Senior (17-21). All ages are as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
Yes, you can compete in all educational contests at NJSA events, even if you are not exhibiting a gilt or barrow at the show. However, there is a $5 participation fee for each contest you wish to participate in if you are not an exhibitor.
You can find the ownership deadlines and farrowing dates for each show under the NJSA Show & Event Information listed in the handbook.
A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) is required at all NJSA and NSR events. Due to specific state health rules, check the specific show information on the NJSA Shows & Events webpage or call the NSR office to receive a paper copy of ALL health requirements for each NJSA show. These health requirements must be followed or the animal will not be allowed on the grounds.
Yes, you do need a premises ID number to exhibit at an NJSA event. It is easy to obtain a premises ID number by clicking here.
This will prompt you to open a PDF document where you will then find your state and contact the designated person for your state. You may also contact the NJSA for more information.
The NJSA does not assign YQCA numbers and cards to our exhibitors. Please call the National Pork Board to obtain your YQCA card, if you have not yet received it, at 515.223.2600.
Entry fees that are postmarked on, or prior to, the entry deadline are $30 for purebred entries and $40 for crossbred entries. Entries postmarked after the listed entry deadline (which is considered the late entry fee), are $60 for purebreds and $80 for crossbreds. ALL ENTRIES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.
Gilts shown in the NJSA Southeast Regional, National Junior Summer Spectacular, WPX Junior National and NBS Jr. Classic are eligible to be exhibited in the open show and offered for sale, as long as they are double-entered in the name of the junior exhibitor. All double-entered gilts must be entered with both the open show and NJSA junior show entry forms. If the gilt is selected to be in the sale from the open show, she MUST be offered for sale through the NSR sale. No hogs can be scratched from the sale after they have been selected from the NSR open show. The owner of the hog has the option to purchase the hog back through the auction and must pay commission on the last bid that purchased the hog. Any hog that is scratched from the sale will be fined the average sale price of that breed, banned from exhibiting for one year, and will be unable to show after one year if the fine has not been paid. If the gilt is double-entered in the open show, she must be entered in the junior exhibitor’s name for both shows.
In order to show a crossbred, you must also enter and SHOW a purebred hog of the same sex. Therefore, you must exhibit at least one purebred gilt for every one crossbred gilt, and at least one purebred barrow for every one crossbred barrow. Crossbreds can be shown at all NJSA shows EXCEPT the National Junior Summer Spectacular in Louisville, Kentucky. The one-for-one rule does not apply at affiliate shows (American Royal, NAILE, National Western, Aksarben, or Arizona Junior Nationals) EXCEPT it does apply at the National Barrow show in Austin, Minnesota.
The weight limits for all market hogs at NJSA shows will be 215-290 lbs. with a 15 lb. weigh-back, with the exception of the NBS Junior Barrow Classic, which will coincide with Hormel’s weight requirements. Weight limits for crossbred gilts are 375 lbs. and under at all shows with a 15 pound weigh-back.
Open and junior entries are penned separately. Hogs are penned by state, and in alphabetical order according to the exhibitors’ last name. Requests are accepted to be penned next to another exhibitor(s) from the same state up until 7 days prior to the start of the show by calling the NSR office. Requests are not accepted for exhibitors to be penned with others from different states. Crossbreds, purebreds, barrows and gilts are all penned together. Two pigs per pen per family are required; gilts and barrows will be penned together. Divider gates will not be provided. Pen cards cannot be moved once posted at a show.
Yes, you will need to provide your own shavings at NJSA Regional shows. NJSA will offer 1 bag of shavings at the World Pork Expo Jr. National and NJSS. There will be additional shavings for purchase at all NJSA shows.
When you come to check-in, you need to bring the original pedigree and one copy of the pedigree for each purebred hog, the original health paper and/or certificate and one copy for each purebred or crossbred hog, and one copy of your current PQA Plus certificate or card.
In order to qualify for the Sweepstakes Contest, exhibitors must show a purebred gilt or barrow, participate in showmanship, and the judging and/or skillathon contests (the National Junior Summer Spectacular and Western Regional offers both the skillathon and judging contests, so exhibitors must participate in both in order to be eligible).
You sign up to compete in the Sweepstakes Contest at each show during show check-in. If you do not declare that you are participating in the Sweepstakes Contest at check-in, you are ineligible to participate.
All gilts MUST have been bred and owned by the exhibitor. Gilts registered in the family or a farm name that includes a family member more than 21 years of age, from date of birth, is not accepted. Exhibitor must have owned the dam at time of breeding. The exhibitor must be listed on the pedigree as BOTH the breeder and the owner of the gilt they are exhibiting. The exhibitors first and last name must be listed on the pedigree.
You must declare if your gilt is in the Bred & Owned division at the show check-in or you will be ineligible for the competition.
No, you do not have to show your own pig in showmanship. It is recommended that you use your own pig for showmanship, but you may use another exhibitor’s pig, as well. If you do not want to show your pig in showmanship or don’t have a pig to show but would like to participate, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with another exhibitor. The pig you choose MUST be entered in the open or junior show.
If exhibitor is not present to show his/her hog, the hog CANNOT be exhibited unless previously approved by NJSA staff. If a hog is exhibited by anyone other than the registered exhibitor without permission from NJSA staff, the exhibitor will be disqualified from the show and all premiums and awards will be revoked. This includes incidences of illness, double-entry in a class, and emergencies.
To become a sponsor of the NJSA, visit the NJSA sponsorship section of the NSR website to fill out a pledge card or contact the National Swine Registry at (765)-463-3594. You can also visit the National Swine Registry home page and click the “Donate to the NJSA” button!
We are always looking for volunteers! You can sign up to be a volunteer at an NJSA event by checking the “Volunteer” box on the show entry form or by contacting Ellen Knauth at (765)-463-3594 ext. 101.
Call the NJSA office at (765)-463-3594 to place an order, email Ellen Knauth at email@example.com, or visit the NJSA booth at an NJSA show or event. The Pig Place… coming Jan. 1, 2019, where you can order all your NJSA swag online—stay tuned!
Applications for the three NSR internships are due Oct. 1 of each year. Send your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to the NSR office to apply for one of the internships. You can also apply and learn more by visiting this link: https://nationalswine.com/about/about-jobs.php
All NJSA scholarships are due March 1 with the exception of The Maschhoff’s Inc. Pork Production Scholarship that is due May 1.
All scholarship applications can be found at http://nationalswine.com/njsa/scholarships.php Click on the scholarship you wish to apply for at the top of the page and then click “More Information.” Finally, at the bottom of the page, click “Download Scholarship.”
The NJSA has a lot of valuable Skillathon resources available for you to utilize! Visit this link: https://nationalswine.com/resources/resources-main.php. Need more information? Call the NJSA office at (765)-463-3594, email Ellen Knauth, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the NJSA booth at an NJSA show or event.
The NJSA has a some resources available for you to use! You can also visit Stock Center for judging contest videos. Find more information using this link: https://nationalswine.com/resources/resources-main.php
Mentoring Values People is a program where older NJSA members serve as mentors to younger and/or first-time NJSA members. Mentors are matched with a protégé to “show them the ropes” of our events as well as being a familiar face for them to interact with at shows! Meanwhile, the NJSA mentors have the awesome opportunity to be “coached” by some of the swine industry’s leaders in production, business, communications and leadership development through monthly webinars, year-round discussions and much more! Mentor training takes place in the spring at the NJSA National Youth Leadership Conference. With our association’s increased growth, this program provides youth with a great opportunity to get to know other NJSA members while learning more about what NJSA and the swine industry has to offer.
To request tickets for the NJSA Drawing, contact the NJSA office at (765)463-3594. Prizes will be awarded to the top three sellers. The drawings occur at the National Junior Summer Spectacular.
The NJSA Calendar is mailed out to all NJSA members in December of each year.
To apply for the NJSA Junior Board of Directors, submit an application by March 1 and you will be scheduled complete an interview with the NSR Youth Advisory Board at the NJSA National Youth Leadership Conference.
To be eligible to run for the NJSA Junior Board of Directors, candidates must be between the ages of 17-20 as of January 1 of the application year.
To apply for the junior board, candidates must fill out the Junior Board of Directors application and mail it to the NSR office. This application can be found at www.nationalswine.com.
Once you have submitted the application, all candidates will be required to participate in an interview that takes place on Sunday afternoon after the completion of the National Youth Leadership Conference.
After the interview is completed, the selection committee will narrow down the candidate pool. The remaining candidates are required to come to the National Junior Summer Spectacular to work for the week. The new junior board will be announced on Friday night at the National Junior Summer Spectacular.
There is a selection committee in place that will interview candidates at the National Youth Leadership Conference. This same committee will also be at the National Junior Summer Spectacular where they will be watching the candidates interact with the current junior board. On Thursday night of the National Junior Summer Spectacular, the selection committee will meet again to make selections for the new junior board.
All candidates will be aware if they made the junior board on Friday morning at the National Junior Summer Spectacular.
The new junior board will meet for a retreat in either July or August following the announcement of the junior board. At this time we will decide who will be attending what shows and events throughout the year. The NJSA will cover your travel expenses. If you are flying, you will work with the Director of Junior Activities to book your flight. If you are driving to the event, you will be required to pay for your gas upfront, but you will be allowed to turn in your receipts and an expense form within thirty days of the event.
Your hotel room and meals will be taken care of by the NJSA while you working the show/event.
During the junior board retreat, we will decide who will be attending what shows and events throughout the year. We look at your fall and spring schedules to plan who will be able to make it to each event. Generally we look at your proximity to the event when deciding who will be going to which show.
Please keep in mind that you may be have to miss out on fun weekends at your school, and missing a football game is not a valid reason for you to not come to a show. However, if you are involved in a school club or judging team, we will work with your schedule.
Junior board members play a huge role in the success of the NJSA. Besides attending shows/events, junior board members are also required to make sponsorship phone calls, sell drawing tickets, write youth spotlights, and write blog posts. Although this may seem overwhelming, your responsibilities are spread throughout the year so it won’t interfere with your work or classes.
Reading through the responsibilities (i.e. sponsorship calls, youth spotlight write-ups, blog posts, etc.) that you have throughout the year may seem like a lot or a little overwhelming; however, these are spread throughout the year so it won’t interfere with your work or classes.
Each junior board term is 2 years long. The term starts and ends on Friday night of the National Junior Summer Spectacular.
These positions have very few differences. The main difference is that when you represent a region, you are expected to be at the regional show that takes place in your region. Other than that, the regional and at-large positions were created to keep a balance of what states and parts of the country are represented on the junior board.
During your first year on the junior board at the National Youth Leadership Conference, you are given the opportunity to apply for one of the following officer positions: President, Vice President, and Secretary.
When you hold one of the titles above, you are given more responsibility with getting on the microphone more, keeping the junior board communication up between the group, managing/creating the junior board Facebook group, and occasionally writing additional Seedstock Edge articles or blog posts.
Junior board members are still allowed to show during their first year on the junior board. However, second year board members are not allowed to show at any NJSA events. This does not include: American Royal, NAILE, Arizona Nationals, or National Western Stock Show.
To ensure a smooth check-in, please bring the necessary copies of your pedigrees, a copy of your PQA certification, and the original, vet stamped copy, of your Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI).
If you are showing in the junior show only, you will only need to bring 1 copy of your pedigree. If you are showing in both the junior and the open show, then you will need 2 copies of the pedigree.
Please do not bring excess copies of your CVI to registration. Copies will need to be made after the veterinarian has signed the CVI during the vet check upon your arrival.
If you are showing in the junior show only, you will only need to bring 1 copy of your CVI per animal through check-in.
If you are showing in the junior show and the open show, you will need to bring 3 copies of your CVI per animal through check-in.
If you are showing in the open show, you must turn in your original CVI at that time. You will turn in copies of your CVI for the junior show.
You must bring a filled out Hampshire-sired Barrow Form, which can be found on the National Swine Registry’s website: nationalswine.com. This form must be filled out completely and turned in to qualify for the Hampshire-sired division.
Yes. You must bring your certification card with you to check-in. If you have lost this card, you can contact the National Pork Board at 800-456-7675.
Yes. The following states offer a certification program that is accepted as PQIowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
If you are certified in any of these states, you are required to bring proof of that certification through check-in. If you cannot provide proof, then you will be required to take the PQA training in order to show.
No, there will be no in person Youth PQA Plus trainings, as this training is available online at pork.org/certification.
Yes. There will be an adult training on Monday, June 5th at 4 p.m.
Yes! If you have a valid Adult PQA Plus certification, then you are welcome to renew your certification online.
The Hampshire-sired crossbred division was created to provide an opportunity for crossbred barrows sired by a purebred Hampshire boar.
In order to show in the Hampshire-sired division, you must show a purebred barrow.
You will enter this division the same way you would enter a crossbred barrow.
In order to show a crossbred barrow or a Hampshire-sired crossbred barrow, exhibitors must show one (1) purebred barrow. Each exhibitor may only show two (2) crossbred barrows. Hampshire-sired crossbred barrows are included in this two (2) limit.
There will be clear signage at the Iowa State Fairgrounds telling trailers where to come in. Be looking for more information regarding arrival in the exhibitor letter that will be sent out prior to the show.
Exhibitors and their animals are released to leave at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 9th. Exhibitors that load up and leave prior to this will be barred from showing at any NJSA events for a year.
In order to qualify for bred and owned, the exhibitors’ first and last name must be listed on the pedigree as the owner and breeder. There may be multiple names listed, as long as the additional names are under the age of 21 and from the same residence.**
**This is the last NJSA event where the name listing mentioned above will be accepted. Beginning July 1, there can only be one junior member listed as the breeder and the owner to be eligible for the Bred and Owned Division.
An official ear tag is a source of animal identification that, with accurate movement records, provides the ability to trace animals to their origin.
This capability is critical in the event of an animal disease emergency to help locate what points the animal has been in contact with.
Anyone who purchases federally approved ear tags will be required to submit their Premise identification number when ordering.
The Premise ID number will then be recorded in a database.
Premise identification (Premise ID) is part of the Animal Disease Traceability Framework (ADT) that is designed to help identify animals to the locations they have been raised on or passed through during their lives
This number along with accurate movement records can serve as a critical piece of information in quickly tracing back an animal to a location in the event of an animal health emergency.
When registering a Premise ID, the producer’s contact information (name, address, phone for primary and secondary contacts) will be recorded.
Obtaining a Premise ID number is typically a very simple process that involves contacting your state animal health agency. More info click here.
There will be 1 bag of shavings provided in each pen. Additional shavings can be brought as tack with the exhibitor, or shavings will be available for purchase on the fairgrounds.
Pens will be assigned upon arrival. Animals will be penned 2 pigs per pen, regardless of the amount of entries made. If siblings have an odd number of pigs, they will be required to share a pen. For example, Jane brings 3 pigs and her brother Joe brings 1 pig, then they will only receive 2 pens as a family.
Make sure that you bring pen dividers.
Pens vary in size between the sheep and swine barn; however, the average pen size is 6’ x 6’.
If you would like to be penned with a group of people, make sure that you arrive at the same time.
DNA is not required to show at NJSA events. Champion and Reserve Champion animals will have DNA samples taken upon the completion of the show.
The NJSA National Youth Leadership Conference was created as a way to provide opportunities and resources to youth from all across the country. Over the course of three days, you will be put in front of potential future employers, have multiple chances to ask questions about your future goals and take a leap to develop valuable leadership skills to carry with you throughout life.. This conference moves location on a yearly basis.
Youth participants ages 14-21 as of Jan. 1, of that year, are welcome to attend the event.
The Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship is sponsored by the National Pork Board and is awarded to first time NYLC attendees. Up to 10 youth participants are eligible for this $200 travel scholarship. This is awarded on the Saturday of NYLC during the closing session.
The Pork Checkoff Travel Scholarship is due on a date to be determined each year. Find the date and application here: https://nationalswine.com/events/other-events/nylc/nylc-main.php
The $200 registration fee covers the participant's meals, hotel rooms, and travel expenses from Thursday morning until Saturday afternoon.
Register by clicking this link: https://nationalswine.com/events/other-events/nylc/nylc-main.php
Hotel rooms are provided for the youth participants. The NJSA will create a rooming list ahead of time so that all youth participants are roomed by gender and age.
The NJSA will only cover rooms for Thursday night until Saturday morning. If participants arrive on Wednesday evening, they will be responsible for the cost of that room. HOWEVER, the NJSA staff will still book those rooms for participants and will send a bill within a week of the conclusion of the event. This ensures that all participants receive the discounted group rate. If youth participants due arrive on Thursday night, please let the NJSA, know ASAP!
The NJSA will provide pick up and drop off assistance for all members traveling to the National Youth Leadership Conference. If you are flying in, it is very important that you get that information to NJSA staff! They will put your pick up and drop off information into an excel spreadsheet and will email that to you a week prior to the event. Please send your travel information to Ellen Knauth at email@example.com
Youth participants and adult leaders should arrive by 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning to go through the registration line. The conference will begin right at 9 a.m.., so please make sure that you have eaten breakfast at the time of your arrival.
The conference will conclude at noon on Saturday. All youth participants and adult leaders are excused at this time.
You pay the same $200 fee to attend the conference.
Parent/Guardian attendees are required to sign up ahead of time. This can be completed by going through the same process as the youth participants; however, you will mark the box that is titled “ Parent/Guardian Attendee.” By completing this entry form, the NJSA staff is able to book hotel rooms and plan meals and travel accordingly.
Parent/Guardian attendees do not have to book their own rooms. The NJSA staff will book these rooms. This ensures that everyone will receive the discounted group rate.