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Premier Breeder Program

The National Swine Registry recognizes that today’s young breeders are the future of the purebred swine industry. To support the continued growth of youth involvement in the production of purebred swine, the NJSA Premier Breeder Program was established.  This program is designed to acknowledge the achievements of junior members that are building breeding programs and exhibiting bred and owned gilts through NJSA events. Exhibitors of purebred bred and owned gilts can compete for the opportunity to earn $1,000 in buying credit towards NSR sales each year.

NJSA Premier Breeder Competition for each Breed.

  1. Points from each Bred & Owned division at each NJSA show are accumulated throughout the year.
    1. Champion=100
    2. Reserve=95
    3. 3rd=90
    4. 4th=85
    5. 5th=80
    6. 6th=75
    7. 7th=70
    8. 8th=65
    9. 9th=60
    10. 10th=55
  2. Only the first and second highest placing Bred & Owned gilts in each class are eligible to return for the Bred & Owned championship to accumulate points.
  3. Placings from the Bred & Owned division at the 2017 NJSS, 2017 Southwest Regional, 2017 Eastern Regional, 2018 Southeast Regional, and 2018 WPX Junior National will be counted for the 2017-2018 Premier Breeder program.
  4. The top five exhibitors in each breed with the most accumulated points from the 2017 NJSS, 2017 Southwest Regional, 2017 Eastern Regional, 2018 Southeast Regional, and 2018 WPX Junior National will be contacted after the conclusion of WPX Junior National by the NSR Junior Activities Coordinator to schedule an interview that will take place at the 2018 National Junior Summer Spectacular with a panel of judges.
  5. If there is a tie in accumulated points, NJSA can interview more than 5 exhibitors. In this case, all exhibitors interviewed will not be guaranteed to remain in the top 5 overall.
  6. Final scores will be calculated with 70% of the final score being the point total from the Bred & Owned division at shows and 30% of the final score being from the interview. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken based on the exhibitors interview score. The exhibitor with the higher interview score will win the tie.
  7. A Premier Breeder for each breed will be awarded at the National Junior Summer Spectacular Awards Ceremony, receiving a belt buckle and $1,000 in NSR sale buyer credits.
  8. The biography of each Premier Breeder will be published in the August issue of the Seedstock Edge magazine with the official National Junior Summer Spectacular results.

    NJSA Overall Premier Breeder

  1. The Overall Premier Breeder will receive a one year lease donated by Exiss Trailers with the option to buy along with a banner.
    1. The Overall Premier Breeder will be selected based off of the TOTAL points accumulated from all Bred & Owned projects. The top five exhibitors with the most total points after the conclusion of WPX Junior National will be contacted to schedule an interview that will take place at the same time as the Premier Breeder interviews at the National Junior Summer Spectacular. Those top five exhibitors with the most total points will then be interviewed separately about their entire Bred & Owned program and what breeds they have exhibited.
  2. Final scores will be calculated the exact same as they are for the Premier Breeder for each breed, with 70% of the final score being the total points accumulated from all Bred & Owned divisions at shows and 30% of the final score being from the Overall Premier Breeder interview.
  3. *Please note: If an exhibitor is in the top five in their respective breed and in the top three overall in terms of points, they will be participating in TWO separate interviews. The interview competing for the Premier Breeder title of their respective breed will be based upon that specific Bred & Owned project, whereas the Overall Premier Breeder will be interviewed based on all Bred & Owned Projects.

Bred & Owned Division Rules

  1. There may only be one person listed as the breeder and the owner to be eligible for the Bred & Owned Division.
  2. The exhibitors’ first and last name must be listed on the pedigree as the owner and breeder to be eligible for the Bred & Owned division. 
  3. The Owner Number and the Breeder Number must be identical to be eligible for the Bred & Owned Division.
  4. No farm names or partnerships can be listed to be eligible for the Bred & Owned Division.
  5. Exhibitor must have owned the dam at the time of breeding.
      1. Example of an acceptable Bred & Owned  farm names listed on pedigree:
        Breeder:                                                         Owner:
        Jack Smith                                                      Jack Smith
        West Lafayette, IN                                          West Lafayette, IN
      2. Example of a pedigree that is NOT acceptable as a Bred & Owned farm name:
        Breeder:                                                         Owner:
        Jack & Jill Smith                                             Jack & Jill Smith
        West Lafayette                                                 West Lafayette, IN
        *Note: A second person’s name is listed; therefore, this animal cannot compete in the Bred & Owned division.
      3. Example of a pedigree that is NOT acceptable as a Bred & Owned farm name:
        Breeder:                                                         Owner:
        Smith Farms                                                    Smith Farms
        Jack Smith                                                       Jack Smith
        West Lafayette                                                 West Lafayette, IN
        *Note: A farm name is listed; therefore, this animal cannot compete in the Bred & Owned division.
  6. Exhibitors MUST declare that his/her gilt is eligible for Bred & Owned awards at registration/check-in.  If you do not declare this designation at the time of check-in you will NOT be eligible to show in the Bred & Owned division.
  7. If a gilt does not place in the top 10 of its class, it will not be allowed to return for the Bred & Owned drive for its respective breed.
  8. DNA testing will be done on the Champion and Reserve Champion Bred & Owned winners
  9. The Champion and Reserve Champion Bred & Owned gilt in each breed show will receive special premiums. This selection will be made by the gilt show judge.
  10. Premiums for the Bred & Owned division will be $500 for Champions at national shows (WPX Junior National & National Junior Summer Spectacular) and $250 for Reserve Champions at national shows (WPX Junior National & National Junior Summer Spectacular) and $250 for Champions at regional shows (Southwest, Eastern, Southeast & Western Regional) and $100 for Reserve Champions at regional shows (Southwest, Eastern, Southeast & Western Regional).