Catch an SGI Representative at these March Events

Catch an SGI Representative at these March Events:

  • Idaho Pork Conference in Boise, ID March 10
  • Natural Pork Conference in Ames, IA March 15
  • VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand March 13 -17
  • Field of Dreams Pig Sale in Lebanon, IN March 18
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in Houston, TX March 18-24
  • Two-State Pork Conference in Okoboji, IA March 23
  • SGI/ISU B&B Proven to Win Pig Sale in Ames, IA March 25

For more upcoming events, check out the calendar here.

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Holiday Savings!

 

Our customers have had a tremendous Fall selling pigs in the Southwest, and settling sows bred to SGI boars!

We are excited to extend a Holiday Savings opportunity, so that even more of you can sample our boars this holiday season!!!  Call us today to place your order: (800)247-3958

 

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Exciting Opportunity: Field of Dreams

SGI has an exciting opportunity to offer our customers!  This year, our customers will have the opportunity to participate in the Field of Dreams pig sale and futurity show.

The Field of Dreams sift and sale will take place on March 18, 2017 at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, IN.  The date for the futurity show will be announced later.

Thank you to the Field of Dreams crew for inviting us to participate in these two great events!

 

For more information, see the flyer below.

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ChronoMate- An Alternative to Matrix

SGI is excited to be carrying a new product that is an alternative to Matrix.

ChronoMate™ (altrenogest) from Ceva facilitates synchronization of estrus in sexually mature gilts that have had at least one estrous cycle. Treatment with altrenogest solution 0.22% results in estrus (standing heat) 4 to 9 days after completion of the 14-day treatment period.

DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS: While wearing protective gloves, remove shipping cap and seal; replace with enclosed plastic dispensing cap. Remove cover from bottle dispensing tip and connect luer lock syringe (without needle). Draw out appropriate volume of ChronoMate. (Note: Do not remove syringe while bottle is inverted as spillage may result.) Detach syringe and replace cover on bottle dispensing tip to prevent leakage. Administer 6.8 mL (15 mg altrenogest) per gilt once daily for 14 consecutive days. Treat gilts on an individual animal basis by top-dressing ChronoMate on a portion of each gilt’s daily feed allowance. To produce the desired synchronization of estrus in a group of gilts, treat all of the gilts daily for the same 14-day period. Excessive use of a syringe may cause the syringe to stick; therefore, replace syringe as necessary.

Ceva Animal Health is a global animal health company focused on the research, development, production and marketing of pharmaceutical products and vaccines for companion animals, livestock, swine and poultry.

To order ChronoMate, or to ask questions regrading ChronoMate, feel free to contact SGI.

For more information on ChronoMate, take a look at this ChronoMate Product Bulletin.

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Thanks, Dad

Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of getting chores done, pens cleaned and all of the other daily tasks that come about on a farm completed, it’s easy to forget to show appreciation to one of the people who helps keep things going — our livestock dads.  In honor of Father’s Day, we asked a few people what they were thankful their dads’ helped them learn, using livestock as the tool to make them into great people.  Check out their thoughts below.

Dad, thank you for…

Teaching me responsibility:

Dalton with his dad, Travis


“Learning from my dad how to show livestock and properly care for them has not only taught me responsibility, but also to always give it my all and be the very best I can be. Spending time with my dad at shows and in the barn is something that I always look forward to.” 

-Dalton Shanks; Colfax, IA

 

“A life lesson that my dad taught me well was to always be responsible for your possessions, whether that be livestock, a car, or a cell phone. One of my favorite stories of one of these lessons involves me getting my first cell phone. Upon getting my first vehicle, like most teenagers, I was gone from sun up to sun down working on the farm or running around with my buddies. My dad decided I needed a cell phone so he could keep tabs on me. Off to the Verizon store we went, where I picked out my favorite flip phone and the appropriate texting plan to keep up with my friends. Once we got to the checkout counter and the cashier totaled everything up, my dad looked at me and said I hope you brought your checkbook because this will be your deal. Once I realized it was going to be my money paying for this thing, I didn’t need the flip phone or all the text messages and instead opted for a little more basic and responsible choice. The moral of this story and many others with my dad is that if you need or want something bad enough you better assume responsibility for paying and caring for it…you definitely find out how bad you want it. (Start playing Rolling Stones “You can’t always get what you want”)”

-Mike Doran; Ames, IA

Teaching me patience:

“My dad is a pretty intense person, but whenever he is around animals, he is always very calm.  I found this interesting and inquired as to how he could do that.  He told me that an important thing to do when working with animals is to make sure your heart rate never exceeds that of the animal.  Kinda corny, but I always found that to be a good piece of advice, whether working with livestock or other people, never let your heart rate exceed that of those around you.”

-Drew Mogler; Lester, IA

“My dad… he is my patient teacher with anything I want to venture.  And he has helped me develop my passion with livestock.  He is always there to share my stories with and he is one of the best for supporting my hobbies and what I love to do.”

-Kale Boysen; Morning Sun, IA

“Raising hogs together with my dad is something I have always enjoyed. No question, I would not be where I am today, nor would I have the enthusiasm for the swine industry if it hadn’t been for Dad. The great part was he recognized how much I enjoyed it, and cultivated it at a young age. It wasn’t uncommon for me to be stationed on a bucket for hours to watch a farrowing sow while he tended to other things, or to be the one to open bags of feed for him as he finished chores. While work ethic was an obvious benefit to having grown up on a livestock farm, I believe an even bigger lesson was gained from having grown up around Dad, that lesson being learning to have patience. A concept that I didn’t fully understand initially, but I distinctly remember one of my first times sorting market hogs with him where he explained having patience with the hogs will make the job go faster. This made no sense to me, I thought the idea was to move and sort  hogs as quick as possible, and be done with it. Well I took the advice he gave me, and sure enough he was right. It was at that point I realized that having patience was valuable skill for animal husbandry, and as I have grown older, I have learned it is a necessity in many scenarios outside of just loading hogs for market. The expression, “all good things take time” is true in more cases than not, and on this Father’s Day I am thankful for all the skills that Dad taught me on the farm, many of which have shaped me and gotten me where I am today.”

-Matt Romoser; Keota, IA

Teaching me how to be a good sport:

“For teaching me how to win humbly and lose gracefully.”

-Tyler Frasher; Anamosa, IA

“At a young age, I was taught to always walk out of the ring with a smile on your face and shake the judges hand, no matter if you were first or last. I am so grateful I was raised in the livestock industry that taught me so many life lessons that benefit me not only in the show ring, but also in my career path.”

-Lexi Delaney; DeWitt, IA

Giving me opportunities:

Shari's dad, Steve, with her three kids

Shari's husband, Jarrod, with their son, Caeden

“I will forever be grateful to my dad growing up for pushing my sisters and I out into the swine industry to stand on our own two feet. He constantly asked us to make the phone calls to breeders, to sign ourselves up for every possible learning opportunity and contest, to register our own litters and eventually to be able to take ourselves to a show. Not only did we learn responsibility and hard work in the show ring but he also taught us at home that the hogs required countless hours of work and that if we wanted to compete in the ring, the work must be done at home first. Now that I have my own kids my appreciation for the hours of patience it must have taken him to teach us to do things on our own has grown tremendously. Traveling to hog shows all over the country with 3 girls couldn’t have always been easy! My husband is such a great balancer for our family in and out of the show ring. He teaches our kids daily about the swine industry as a whole and is such a great example of the many leadership opportunities there are to be involved and make a difference. I cannot express how important it is for our kids to see how hard he works every day and strive to be like daddy. Whether he is dragging the kids with him to take pigs to the sale barn or they are home helping me clean the barn out, our kids are learning an invaluable passion for the world of ag. Jarrod teaches us all the value of working together and always reminds us of the importance of laughter in the barn.”

-Shari Sell-Bakker; Dike, IA

“I want to thank my dad for giving me the opportunity to show pigs.  He is very encouraging about getting involved in the industry and introducing me to people within it.  I thank him for pushing me hard in the show ring and in the swine industry.”

-Toni Chicos; Alden, MN

Believing in me:

“Thanks for being patient with me while I learned, but most importantly, for believing in me and helping me chase my dreams.”

-Laura Yoder; Kalona, IA

“I’m thankful my dad taught me that keeping your faith will always lead you to success, even if that’s not a banner.”

-Maddie Harken; Pleasantville, IA

Teaching me about hard work:

“I’m thankful our dad teaches us that there is a time to play and a time to work.”

-Cash Voegele; Lennox, SD

“Thanks for always jamming out and dancing with me in the barn, but still working hard to get the job done.”

-Mollie McCulloh; DeWitt, IA

Tucker with his dad, Matt

Giving selflessly: 

“Spending hours driving thousands of miles all around the US.  And for being my #1 fan, supporter and coach both inside and outside of the show ring.”

-Bella Boyer; Maquon, IL

“I’d like to thank my dad for working so hard so that we can do the things we love.”

-Tucker Rohrig-Sloth; Orient, IA

 

So, to the dads out there, thank you.  We know we don’t say it quite as often as we should, but the sacrifices you make daily and the lessons you teach us along the way do not go unnoticed.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

 

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New Faces at SGI

 

We are excited to introduce two new faces that have joined the SGI team in Cambridge!

 

Bre Branderhorst graduated from Iowa State University in May with a degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, and joined the team at SGI to lead our marketing initiatives.  In addition to handling SGI’s marketing efforts, Bre will serve as the Administrative Secretary for the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).  SGI has partnered up with the IFAA team to house Bre, as well as a joint SGI/IFAA summer Intern.  The IFAA is a non-profit organization comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to providing scholarships, financial awards and incentives for college-bound (4-H and FFA) youth seeking a post-secondary education in the area of agriculture.

Bre grew up on a farm outside of Prairie City, Iowa where her family raised show pigs and row crops.

 

Bre Branderhorst, Marketing

 

Lexi Delaney is currently a Junior at Iowa State University double majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications.  This summer, Lexi is joining us as an SGI marketing intern, as well the IFAA intern.  Lexi grew up in DeWitt, Iowa on a diversified cattle and pig farm.  Coming from a show pig background, Lexi is excited to learn more about the commercial side of the industry during her time at SGI.

 

Lexi Delaney, Marketing Intern

We are thrilled to have these two young ladies on our team, and look forward to introducing these new talented employees to our customers at World Pork Expo and other industry events this summer!

 

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#SGIBoars World Pork Expo Contest

Where has summer gone?  It’s already time for the 2016 World Pork Expo and we couldn’t be more excited!

This year, you can find us in our hospitality tent, located north of the hog barns.  And don’t forget to enter our #SGIBoars Selfie Contest!

The rules for entry are listed below:

1.   Locate SGI boar flyers posted throughout the pig barn at World Pork Expo.

2.  Participants must upload a selfie with 1 crossbred boar and 1 purebred boar flier to be entered into the daily drawing.

3.  Photos can be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and must use #SGIBoars to be entered.

4.  Drawings will take place during the 2016 World Pork Expo on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5 pm.

5. Participants are only eligible for prizes on the day of their posted selfies.

6. The more social media channels you post to…the more chances you have to win!

 

.                                                                                                         Winners choose between $100 in SGI semen credit or SGI branded apparel!!!

 

Love Snapchat?  Us, too!  Add us at SGIBoars, and be sure to use our Snapchat filter throughout World Pork Expo!

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Boar Feature- MAN ON FIRE

We found MAN ON FIRE as a 14 month old mature boar at David Martin’s late last Summer when we were searching the countryside for boar prospects.  Phenotypically, this guy is a beast regardless of the breed that we might want to make comparisons to.  MAN ON FIRE is tall fronted, very clean through his jaw and throat, and has that extra presence that it takes to win hog shows.   This guy has all of the masculine traits that great breeding hogs possess – he’s got big square toes, a stout forearm, he’s super shapely up high, and he’s as stout from behind and as square to the ground as any red boar out there.  When this guy is put into motion his limbs work north and south, and you won’t observe any incorrect east and west wasted motion.  MAN ON FIRE is a stout muscled, good looking athlete!  What’s most promising about MAN ON FIRE to this point?  His powerful phenotype is resonating in his offspring.  MAN ON FIRE’S first show hogs are just now hitting the ring and they bring a significant amount of his look, build and athleticism to the table.

 

Pictured above is one of the promising MAN ON FIRE  barrow prospects we’ve seen this spring, raised by Worden Showpigs!

We’re excited to see what kind of contribution MAN ON FIRE can make to the Duroc breed as he continues to see more and more elite red sows all over the country!

-Nick

 

 

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