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Sept. 9-13, 2017
Mower County Fairgrounds • Austin, Minn.

Entry Deadline: Aug. 16, 2017
Open Market Hog Judge: TBD
Breeding Animal Farrowing Date Requirement for Purebreds: Jan. 15 and after
Market Animal Farrowing Date Requirement for Purebreds: Feb. 1 and after

Held in conjunction with the NBS® Jr. Classic (Jr. Show)

Duroc Judge:
Doug Albright, MI
Hamp Judge:
Darrell Drake, IN
Landrace Judge:
Jordan McGrew, IL
York Judge:
John Huinker, IA
Cross Judge:
John Huinker, IA
Open Mkt Hog Judge:
Jamie Sieren
Hog College Row Nomination Process
o   Contact your NSR field representative to discuss nomination of a hog college candidate (boar or gilt).
o   Submit pictures or video along with pedigree information via email to field staff member or Clay Zwilling by Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2017.
o   All hog college candidates must meet their respective breed eligibility requirements for recording and exhibition and must also have been farrowed from a litter of 8 or more pigs born alive

Rules & Regulations

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 16, 2017. Entry fees must accompany the entry form and all late entries will be charged double the regular fee. NSR reserves the right to close entries any time after the printed deadline. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All breeding animals entered at the NBS® must have been owned by Aug. 16, 2017, by the exhibitor.
  • Crossbred boars: A documented stress test must be presented at check-in. Stress status of your entry will be placed in the show and sale catalog (this is a show and sale requirement).
  • All entries must be ear notched using the official NSR system. All entries must be recorded by Aug. 16, 2017, or they will be charged a rush fee.
  • No purebred animals will be allowed to show or sell without a registration certificate. Purebred entries will be divided into classes, as equal as possible, by farrowing date. Crossbred classes will be broken by weights.
  • All hogs must arrive on the grounds between 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and noon on Sunday, Sept. 10. All animals must meet NBS® health requirements to remain on the fairgrounds. This includes animals in transit.
  • If all hogs meet show requirements, NBS® entries may be unloaded and non-entries may stay in your vehicle at the south end of the fairgrounds. There is some shade, but no utilities.
  • If non-show animals meet Minnesota import requirements, but not NBS® requirements, show animals may be unloaded and remaining animals must be immediately removed from the fairgrounds. A parking lot is available south of the fairgrounds across the street. The welfare and care of these animals is the owner’s responsibility.
  • If any animals arriving on trailers do not meet Minnesota import requirements, all animals will be refused entry, including NBS® animals.
  • No clipping is allowed in the barns.

EXHIBITORS & ELIGIBILITY

  • All senior exhibitors must be active members of the NSR or must pay the $75 non-member exhibitor fee. An active senior member is age 22 and OVER, paid annual dues and recorded at least one litter in the 2017 fiscal year.
  • Participants age 21 and UNDER are required to pay a $15 junior participation fee.
  • Entries are limited to four purebred boars and four purebred open gilts per breed (Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire), and two crossbred boars per exhibitor.
  • Breeding animals must be farrowed on Jan. 15, 2017, or after, and must have at least six functional teats on each side.
  • Market animals must be farrowed on Feb. 1, 2017, or after.
  • All entries must meet their respective breed requirements. Entries that do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to show or sell within their respective breed shows or sales at the conference.

BREEDING ANIMAL SALE

  • A minimum of 60 percent of the number of each sex (boars and gilts) shown will be selected for the sale. These animals will be selected with no set number selling from any single class. Animals not selected for the sale can be consigned to the sale for an additional fee of $20 per head. If the animal sells, the fee will be applied toward the sale commission. If the animal does not sell, the fee is forfeited.
  • All animals selected and cataloged for the sale must go through the auction. Sale commission will be 15 percent for all animals. If an animal that is selected and cataloged for the sale does not go through the sale ring, the exhibitor will be banned from exhibiting at NSR events for one year and will be charged 15 percent of the average selling price of their respective breed sale. This amount must be paid before reinstatement will be allowed. The exception to this rule will be if the animal has become injured or ill, and the animal is inspected by a NSR staff member prior to the sale.
  • The NSR acts only as the agent between the buyer and seller. If proper payment is made by the buyer in a timely manner, the NSR will make settlement with the seller in approximately 30 days after the sale.
  • If an exhibitor has an account that is past due, funds from the sale of their animals will be applied to their NSR account.
    COLOR GENE/SPECIAL BREED REQUIREMENTS
  • By entering any animal in this conference, the owner warrants that the animal meets specific breed requirements.
  • Such warranty, however, is solely that of the seller and not that of the American Landrace Association (ALA), American Yorkshire Club (AYC), Hampshire Swine Registry (HSR) or United Duroc Swine Registry (UDSR), and the ALA, AYC, HSR and UDSR assume no responsibility or liability in connection with such warranty by the seller.
  • If any purebred Hampshire, Landrace or Yorkshire breeding animal sold at the NBS® is found to be a carrier of the color gene after being tested through the procedures approved by the HSR, ALA and AYC, the seller agrees that he/she will promptly refund the full purchase price to the buyer.
  • There will be no refund of NSR commission from animals that are carriers of the color gene.

DNA STRESS STATEMENT

  • No known stress-positive or stress-carrier Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace or Yorkshire animals will be allowed to be exhibited or sold at any NSR-sponsored event.
  • Such warranty, however, is solely that of the seller and not that of the ALA, AYC, HSR or UDSR.
  • The ALA, AYC, HSR and UDSR assume no responsibility or liability in connection with such warranty by the seller.
  • If any purebred animal sold at this conference is found to be a carrier of the stress gene, the purchaser has the right to receive full refund of the purchase price from the seller.
  • DNA testing for the stress gene must be done within 60 days of the sale date and all costs associated with the testing for the stress gene must be paid by the purchaser. The seller has the right to review the test results and the right to re-test the animal at a laboratory of his/her choice.
  • Cost associated with re-test by the seller is at the seller’s expense. There will be no refund of NSR commission from stress-carrier animals.

INDIVIDUAL OPEN MARKET HOG SHOW

  • The individual open market hog show is open to barrows and gilts. Purebreds and crossbreds are eligible and will be shown separately.
  • Animals must be born Feb. 1, 2017, or after.
  • Hogs must weigh between 230 and 280 lbs.
  • All purebreds must have pedigrees from their respective breed associations.
  • Individual barrows and gilts from the Truckload Contest are eligible.
  • Entry fee is $30 per head.
  • Market animals do not need to be tested for pseudorabies or brucellosis but must meet all items under rules #1 and #2 in the show health regulations.

QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING

  • It is mandatory that individual market barrow and truckload exhibitors complete instruction (and have certification valid through this calendar year) in either a PQA Plus™ or Youth PQA Plus™ certification program.
  • State-sponsored youth training programs such as 4-H/Extension Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics training will be accepted.
  • Hogs must always be raised in accordance with the Good Production Practices outlined in the PQA Plus™ programs.
  • A copy of each exhibitor’s Quality Training (as listed above) must be attached to the Swine Affidavit and submitted to Hormel Foods at the time of or prior to shipment of animals.

TRUCKLOAD CONTEST

  • The Truckload Contest consists of purebred and crossbred divisions. No individual hogs in a truckload may weigh less than 230 lbs. or more than 280 lbs.
  • Truckloads consist of six market hogs, of which, at least three must be barrows. All must have been farrowed on or after Feb. 1, 2017.
  • The entry fee is $30 per truckload.
  • Truckload entries do not need to be tested for pseudorabies or brucellosis, but must meet all items under #1 and #2 in the show health regulations.
  • Carcass requirements: 160 lbs. minimum weight; 220 lbs. maximum weight and a minimum quality score of 2. (Minolta and pH values will be used to verify visual quality scores).

NBS® JUDGING CONTEST

  • The NBS® Judging Contest will be held Monday, Sept. 11. All hogs entered in the NBS® are subject to selection for use in the NBS® Judging Contest on Monday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. in Crane Pavilion.
  • Junior and senior college participants will judge nine classes. 4-H and FFA contestants will place four classes of market hogs, two classes of breeding gilts and one truckload market hog class.
  • For more information, contact the NBS® at Box 367, Austin, MN 55912 or call 507.437.5306. E-mail inquiries to Chairman Erin Steele, easteele@hormel.com.
  • A reception will be held for judging contestants on Monday evening at the Plager Building.

HEALTH REGULATIONS

  1. EACH ANIMAL ENTERING THE MOWER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS MUST BE LISTED ON AN OFFICIAL, INTERSTATE CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION (CVI) ISSUED BY A LICENSED, ACCREDITED VETERINARIAN.
    1. Multiple animals may be listed on one original CVI. Two photocopies of the original CVI must be provided for each animal.
  2. CVIs MUST BE ISSUED ON OR AFTER TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017, WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
    1. Name and address of consignor; consigned to the NBS®, Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th Street SW, Austin, MN 55912.
    2. ALL SWINE being exhibited at the NBS® MUST be officially identified with an official, federally approved ear tag. The animal’s ear tag ID must be listed on CVI. For more information on federally recognized ear tags, visit http://www.nationalswine.com/shows/ear_tags.php.
    3. Each animal shall be individually identified by ear notch.
    4. Health status of animal, including dates of required tests and vaccinations must be listed.
    5. A premise ID number MUST be included on CVI.
    6. The cell phone number of your veterinarian who issued the CVI MUST be included on the CVI.
    7. ALL CVIs MUST CARRY THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS
      — Farm or origin of swine:
      1. Has not had pseudorabies or swine dysentery in the last 12 months
      2. Has not had any clinical signs or diagnosis of TGE, PEDv or Seneca Valley Virus in the last 60 days
      3. Feeds no raw garbage and uses no PRV vaccine
      4. Is not under quarantine for any disease condition
      5. Has not had vesicular stomatitis diagnosed within 10 miles of farm or origin in the last 30 days
  3. REQUIRED TESTS:
    1. BREEDING ANIMALS (NBS® JR. SHOW BREEDING GILTS AND OPEN SHOW BOARS & BREEDING GILTS):
      1. PSEUDORABIES (PRV) TESTING: ALL BREEDING SHOW ANIMALS ENTERED IN THE NBS® MUST be individually tested for PRV on or after Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, UNLESS animals come from a PRV-qualified herd.
        1. All official identification of animal (sex, ear tag and ear notch) needs to be included on the pseudorabies test chart.
        2. Animals must test PRV-negative with all results on the dated CVI.
        3. The official PRV test chart must be provided along with your CVI.
        4. Either the ELISA (gB ELISA), ALA or S/N tests are acceptable. Differentiable ELISA (g1 ELISA) test will NOT be accepted.
        5. If BREEDING SHOW ANIMALS come from a PRV qualified herd, individual testing of each animal is not required. In this case, the PRV qualification numbers must appear on the health certificate and the most recent quarterly herd test date (month, day and year) must be stated on health certificate.
      2. BRUCELLOSIS TESTING: ALL BREEDING ANIMALS ENTERED IN THE NBS® MUST be individually tested for brucellosis on or after Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, UNLESS animals originate from a validated brucellosis free herd.
        1. Animals must test brucellosis negative with all results on the dated CVI.
        2. If the herd of origin is brucellosis validated, the validation numbers must appear on the CVI and the most recent quarterly herd test date (month, day and year) must be stated on the CVI.
      3. MARKET HOGS (JR. SHOW, OPEN SHOW AND TRUCKLOADS) ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE INDIVIDUALLY TESTED FOR PRV AND BRUCELLOSIS
    2. VACCINATIONS
      1. All breeding swine coming to the show MUST be vaccinated against leptospirosis (6-way) including bratislava and erysipelas.
        1. The complete date of vaccination MUST be listed on the health certificate. Market animals should not be vaccinated.
        2. It is strongly recommended that breeding animals are vaccinated for swine influenza.
  • In some instances, these requirements are in addition to the state of Minnesota regulations. However, they are necessary in meeting other state requirements for purchasers of open show animals through sales as animals are reconsigned to new destinations.
  • Show Veterinarian Contact:
    Mark M. Engesser, DVM
    Cell 507-438-3358, Office 507-437-3727

REMINDERS:

  • ALL animals must be tagged with an official, permanently numbered ear tag.
  • Crossbred boar exhibitors MUST present a documented stress test result at check-in for crossbred boar entries!
  • A premise ID number will be required to exhibit.
  • State Permit approval is not required. However, please list a cell phone number for your veterinarian on the health certificate.
  • No clipping is allowed in the barns.