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NSR NBS Hog College Entries
Austin, Minn. • Sept. 8-12, 2018
It is our pleasure to introduce the 2018 National Swine Registry Hog College entries that will be featured at this year’s National Barrow Show® in Austin, Minnesota. Throughout the history of Hog College Row, some of the purebred swine industry’s most influential animals have been featured as elite representatives of their respective breeds. The following boars and gilts will be displayed on Hog College Row and will also compete in the annual Home Run Drive in Crane Pavilion on Monday evening, where a “chairman’s choice” and “college choice” will be crowned.
We are excited to showcase these featured individuals and would like to thank the breeders behind these animals for allowing us to select them for representation of their breeds. We would also like to thank all the breeders who nominated animals for consideration toward this year’s Hog College Row. For additional [ … ]
History can provide a lot of insight, especially regarding trends in hog types. We were interested to see where the National Swine Registry (NSR) breeds have been and where they are heading, so we dug deep in our records. We came up with the top producing boars, since the foundation of NSR and the hot, new boars hitting the breeding arena now, to share with you the most popular boars to date.
Since NSR’s formation: 2NIC7 HP RED ACE 2-10
Number of litters: 566
Sire Number: 177439010
Ear Notch: 2-10
DOB: Feb. 2, 1997
Sire: HD5 CHANCES ARE 21-4
Dam: 2NIC6 BLOSSOM 11-5
Breeder: Nick & Sarah Johnson, Cuba, Illinois
Owner: Howard Parrish, Edon, Ohio
Recent: SDF1 BOLD RULER 87-1
Number of litters: 270
Sire Number: 330720001
Ear Notch: 87-1
DOB: June 21, 2011
Sire: SDF9 SECRETARIAT 54-12
Dam: SDF9 TRUCK BL MARIA 63-7
Breeder: Stewart’s Duroc Farm, Waverly, Iowa
Owner: Stewart’s Durocs & Lean Value, [ … ]
Many shows have registration and ownership deadlines to be aware of.
Some shows also have a deadline for when all pigs have to be recorded. The registration date that appears on the pedigree will be the date we received the work. For those mailing litter applications, be sure to allow time for delivery as the registration date is the date the information is processedin the office, not the date you postmarked the envelope. We do not back date registrations, so please check the rules of the show and record your litters ahead of time. Online litters are downloaded daily, so if you record your litters through the NSR website on a given evening, the date shown on your registration papers will be the next day when they were downloaded into our system. For example, if you have a December 1 registration deadline for a show, you will need to record [ … ]
When recording your pigs, please keep in mind the National Swine Registry has requirements for all purebred sires. These standards help maintain the integrity of the breeds and ensure that proper DNA specifications have been met on sires.
If you artificially inseminated your sow with purchased semen, you will need to contact the boar stud where you obtained the semen and request an AI certificate before recording your litter. To submit the request, the stud will need to have your 2-4 letter Herdmark. If you have not been set up with a Herdmark yet, please contact the National Swine Registry. Once you request this, the boar stud will issue your AI certificate directly to the NSR. When you turn in the litter registration application, NSR will use your Herdmark to match the AI certificate with the litter.
When requesting an AI certificate, please remember to ask the boar stud for the sire’s registration number and ear notch. [ … ]
As a service to its members, NSR offers a couple of simple ways you can record your litters:
1) Submitting a litter application by mail or fax
2) Recording the litter online
The National Swine Registry allows you to record your litters by mailing in a litter application that you can obtain by clicking on the Registration Application and Sow Productivity Data Form here.
Another very simple way to record your litter is submitting the information online. This method is quicker than having to wait for us to receive your litters through the mail and is very easy. You can enter your litter via our website.
If you haven’t already set up a user name and password, you can obtain one by calling the NSR office at 765-463-3594. Once you’ve recorded your litters, you should receive a confirmation e-mail within one business day letting you know we received your litters.
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We are often asked about breed qualifications of the 4 breeds of the National Swine Registry. Below is a summary of breed requirements and markings.
DurocsDurocs should be red with down ears. If a Duroc has white on any part of its body, including its feet, it may be disqualified. It is okay for Durocs to have white on the end of their nose, as long as it doesn’t break the rim of the nose. They are not allowed to have more than 3 black spots and none over 2 inches in diameter on the body.
HampshiresHampshires should be black with a white belt that goes completely around both front legs and feet. They are allowed to have some white on their nose, as long as it doesn’t exceed the rim of the nose. If the white goes under the pig’s chin, it cannot be more than what a U.S. minted quarter [ … ]
Members of the National Swine Registry can take advantage of several benefits, including a one year subscription to the Seedstock Edge magazine, discounted litter rates and voting privileges within in the organization. To become a member of the NSR, you can simply fill out a membership application. The first year for NSR membership is $85 per breed. To maintain membership after the first year, it is $75 each year.
As a member of NSR, you can record your litters at a much cheaper rate than non-members. As a member, if you record your litter within 90 days of the farrowing date, the cost of the litter is $15. If the litter is older than 90 days, the cost is $30.You are also welcome to record as a non-member. The cost for a non-member to record within 90 days of the litter’s farrowing date is $30. If a non-member is recording after the pigs [ … ]
One question we are often asked in the Pedigree department is how to record a litter. For those of you who may be registering your pigs for the first time, I wanted to put together some information to help you get started.
First, you will need to make sure you have been set up with a Herdmark. You can acquire a Herdmark by contacting the NSR office here. A Herdmark is a second form of identification that goes in the front of the name of each pig you record.
We allow you to record as a Member of the NSR or as a NonMember. Members receive discounted litter rates and a one year subscription to the Seedstock Edge magazine, along with voting privileges. If you are interested in becoming a member, visit the Pedigree Section of our website and click on ‘NSR Member Application’ or simply click here.
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