2012 Oct/Nov Seedstock EDGE - page 10

Mike Paul
CEO, National Swine Registry
NSR Editorial
Open Mike
Being “Uncommon”
I have great admiration for Tony Dungy.
Not because he coached the Indianapolis
Colts to victory at Super Bowl XLI – even
though I was a huge Colts fan when Johnny
Unitas played for them in Baltimore – but be-
cause of the way he lives his life. If you have
not read his books
Quiet Strength
,
Uncom-
mon
,
e Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building
People and Teams that Win Consistently
and
e One Year Uncommon Life Daily Chal-
lenge
, please put them on your to list to read.
“Success is uncommon, therefore
not to be enjoyed by the common man.
I’m looking for uncommon people.”
When Coach Cal Stoll spoke these
words to Dungy and the rest of the freshman
football team at the University of Min-
nesota, Stoll had no idea how they would
be remembered. However, Dungy carried
them with him through his days as a student,
as an NFL player and as the first African-
American coach to win the Super Bowl.
Uncommon is a great description for
the members of National Swine Registry.
ese people have made the commitment to
be involved in the production of purebred
Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace or Yorkshire
swine and work diligently to improve these
genetic lines. NSR is blessed with some
of the industry’s greatest minds in live-
stock breeding, who accept the challenges
and disappointments that take place.
ey do the uncommon things like ear
notching within seven days of birth, col-
lecting birth and weaning weights, sending
in litter registrations and then following
up by transferring animals sold to junior
members for their projects or to other
senior members for use in their respective
breeding programs. Of course, all this
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takes place after they’ve selected gilts to
be retained as replacements or purchased
new elite females from outside their herd
and chosen a sire (whether it is a sire they
bred or a boar from one of the AI studs).
ey do a lot of research and develop-
ment. ey drive miles and miles to locate a
potential herdsire, to evaluate a set of pigs out
of a specific boar or to look at boars at a par-
ticular stud. ey spend time on the phone
talking about hogs. ey study the lineage of
animals in their respective breed population.
All of these activities are uncommon,
and I can relate to the disappointment
experienced when a ‘can’t miss’ mating of a
particular boar and gilt doesn’t produce the
animals we expected. Even following such a
disappointment, breeders in this industry try
again with another genetic combination.
Our members are eternal optimists in
regards to their next set of animals. ey
load their best and bring them to an event
to be evaluated by a judge and then to be
offered for sale to the public. ey have
placed higher than they expected and have
placed lower than they expected. eir
animals have sold for more dollars than
they expected and for less. It takes an
uncommon person to do this over and over
again (especially when they do not experi-
ence the results they were anticipating).
Our breeders are willing to share their
knowledge and experience with newcomers
into our industry – talk about uncommon!
How many mainstays in other indus-
tries are willing to share their knowledge,
experiences and ideas to help another
person or organization be successful?
ey are willing to step up and serve
as leaders for their respective breeds or
for National Swine Registry. In this is-
sue, there are several of these uncommon
individuals who have been placed on a
ballot to represent you at this level. Be
the uncommon person and take the time
to vote for your board of directors.
I am proud to be associated with
this group of people, and all of you in
this great industry should be proud to
be a member of the “uncommon.”
Success is uncommon, therefore not
to be enjoyed by the common man. I’m
looking for uncommon people.
— Coach Cal Stoll
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