2012 September Seedstock EDGE - page 10

Mike Paul
CEO, National Swine Registry
NSR Editorial
Open Mike
Responsibility & Opportunities
As I struggled to select a topic for this
month’s editorial, it became clear to me
after NSR eldsta intern Corey Car-
penter and I completed his exit interview,
and I read his last blog post on the NSR
website. If you have not read Corey’s blog
posts this summer, make an e ort to do
so. You will understand what an asset this
young man has been to our industry.
Corey grew up in California – not
the Mecca of the swine industry. But his
grandfather raised Hampshire hogs, and
Corey’s interest in the industry was ig-
nited by visits from their NSR eld rep-
resentative. He recalls his grandfather and
then- eldman Sam Howell talking about
breeding better Hampshires. Fueled by the
passion exhibited by both of these gentle-
men, Corey jumped into the hog business.
His family took him to the local lend-
ing institution, and Corey says, after he
signed his life away, he was in the hog
business. Many of us know what Corey
is referring to, and I thank his family for
allowing him to gain this industry experi-
ence. Corey spoke of the trials and tribula-
tions he experienced during this time.
When his alarm went o at 6 a.m., Corey
would’ve like to stay in bed another hour
before leaving for school, but instead he got
out of bed and went out to care for his ani-
mals, just like his grandfather and father had
done in the past. On Saturday morning, after
competing in a football game, bruised and
sore, Corey cleaned the barn, processed litters
and prepared for the next week. He may
have missed out on some fun activities with
friends while working with his swine projects,
but Corey loved this way of life so much,
he decided to become more involved our
industry by attending Modesto Junior Col-
lege (MJC) and working at their swine unit.
Others recognized the potential this
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young man exhibited and rewarded him by
electing him the president of the Young Farm-
ers group at MJC. In 2011, he was elected
to the NJSA Board of Directors. He’ll serve
as president of the board this coming year.
Corey told me that he was privileged and
honored to serve as the NSR eld sta intern
this summer. He had the opportunity to visit
breeders and boar studs that he had only
read or heard about – everyday was another
opportunity to see more people and hogs.
is attitude made me appreciate what we get
to do on a daily basis – and why we do it.
If we analyze what Corey was try-
ing to tell us, it becomes clear – we are
all privileged to be involved in the great-
est industry in the world. But along with
these privileges comes responsibilities.
First, we all are responsible for the animals
God provides for us. We must supply these
animals with a good environment, water and
feed at all times. We should maintain a good
health program and utilize the professional
services of a veterinarian when needed.
Second, let’s think about our respon-
sibilities as purebred livestock breeders.
If we look at why our forefathers formed
breed associations, their main purpose was
to provide an opportunity for people to
record the lineage and maintain the purity
of their respective breeds. ey worked
together to improve their seedstock.
I challenge everyone involved in our
industry today to think about their re-
sponsibilities and re ect on what they
mean and what opportunities they
provide for you and your family.
Some of our greatest resources are estab-
lished breeders who can provide us with the
wisdom gained through their past experi-
ences and the in ux of young people with
new ideas and extra enthusiasm. Many times,
you hear judges re ect on how a breeder or
person has in uenced not only their career
path, but their life choices. en, an estab-
lished breeder will tell you what a profound
impact an enthusiastic young person has
had on their operation and in helping them
become excited about breeding better hogs.
With the inception of the NJSA, NSR has
provided a venue for young people to become
involved in our industry. Now, our challenge
is to bridge the gap between NJSA members
and the traditional NSR membership. Several
di erent ideas have been discussed, and NSR
continues to work on the development of this
type of program. If you have any thoughts
or ideas you would like to contribute, please
contact me at 765.463.3594, ext. 107, or
email me at
.
I
look forward to hearing your thoughts.
“We are all privileged to be involved in the
greatest industry in the world. But along with
these privileges comes responsibilities.”
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