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Dr. Clint Schwab
CEO, National Swine Registry
NSR Editorial
From the Ground Up
Embracing Change
In light of the upcoming changes in
the lives of Sarah and I, this one rings
a di erent bell for me than it perhaps
would otherwise. Even though our recent
decision to leave the National Swine
Registry seemed a bit abrupt to some,
my wife and I have had many discussions
around timing and what it really means
to us. Is it the right time? Is this the best
decision for our careers and what we
hope to be involved in? I wish there was
a simple answer to these questions –
and none of this would enter our minds
if we didn’t thoroughly enjoy what we
do and who we do it with. Needless
to say, the next couple months will be
a myriad of emotions, covering the
spectrum from excitement to remorse.
e truth is, I couldn’t have asked for
a better start to my career. It’s not often
that someone gets to start out with an
organization they believe in – one that
represents a set of core values that were
engrained from childhood. My grand-
father initiated my family’s involvement
in this business, and a vast majority
of the experiences and opportunities I
have had throughout my career have
revolved around purebred swine in some
form or fashion. Despite the fact that
‘simple timing’ never seems to nd its
way into my path, I have learned to
embrace opportunities, regardless of how
uncomfortable the timing may seem.
e regret of leaving the daily involve-
ment with the community of breeders
and sta that Sarah and I have grown
to enjoy is only balanced by the excite-
ment of stepping into the next chapter
of my career with a company that is
founded on those same core family
values, supported by a commitment to
animal stewardship and innovation.
Maybe this is one of the oddities
of my character – but there is a poster
on the wall behind my desk that says
‘Change. Why ght it when you can
simply embrace it?’
e later part of
that phase is the most important, and
embracing those inevitable changes is
what fosters opportunity. I’m one that
would argue that orderly, positive change
is always a good thing – regardless of
how it may be perceived at the onset.
e business changes that NSR and
its members have encountered over the
past several years have created a solid
foundation to build on. Not for a second
do I want to take complete credit (or
even a small bit) for any of this, but at
bare minimum, I can say that I have
been part of some instrumental changes
within the purebred industry that will
be talked about for years to come.
From my viewpoint, there are es-
sentially two dynamic opportunities
that are facing the purebred industry
in the long term – and if appropriately
embraced, those opportunities could
evolve into staples of how the purebred
industry exists for the next generation.
1. e U.S. system will serve as a
global genetic resource. Ten years ago,
who would have expected that NSR
would have a similar o ce structure in
China? Or that the possibility exists for
more U.S. purebreds to be registered in
other countries than in the U.S.? We
are headed in that direction, and with
a globally integrated system, the op-
portunities for NSR and its members
represent a di erent level than before.
2. NJSA will serve as a premier
human capital resource for the swine
industry. At its inception, I don’t know
that anyone would have expected growth
to 12,000 members in such a short
period of time. I think it’s safe to say that
if a young person has a strong interest
in pigs, they’re part of this organization
– or should be. e question is where
to take it from here. If that interest is
cultivated with the right tools, it is not
out of the question to assume that NJSA
could become the rst point of contact
for college programs and a range of
agricultural companies in the future.
Time will tell whether these vi-
sions fully come to fruition, but the
opportunity is de nitely there – and
I am excited for what’s to come.
In closing, I want to pass along my
sincere thanks to each of you involved in
the purebred industry for allowing my
wife and I the opportunity to be involved
in what you do. We have learned a great
deal, established life-long relationships
and enjoyed every minute of the journey.
To contact Clint, use your smartphone to scan the code to the left or email him at
“It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one
understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.”
– AnnaWintour
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