Extravaganzas are just around the Corner!

The Eastern Extravaganza is being held March 26th in Lebanon, Indiana this year. The Western Extravaganza is being held again in Grand Island, Nebraska on April 14th- April 15th. Deadline for Western Extravaganza are coming up fast; entries need to be postmarked by March 31th.  This is a great opportunity to see and purchase some great hogs of all breed. Cant wait to see everyone there!

Attention All CPS Breeders:

Please be aware that the fiscal year of the Chester White, Poland China and Spotted Swine Associations will close on Wednesday, September 30. By this date, all recordings, transfers and accounts payable to any of these breed associations must be completed and attended to.

All three breeds are having excellent years based on recordings, transfers, memberships, and acceptability. We encourage each of you to continue to support the breed(s) of your choice.

National Barrow Show®:  We strongly encourage all serious minded and progressive CPS breeders and/or AI boar studs to make plans to attend the 2015 National Barrow Show® September 15-16 in Austin, Minnesota. There will be six excellent CPS breed Hog College animals represented. A complete list of exhibitors and the Hog College animals’ information will be posted shortly on this website.

Thanks in advance for your continued support of CPS.  The “right choice” for genetic advancement!

NBS® Progeny Test News

The National Association of Swine Records (NASR) Announces Plans to Restructure the NBS® Progeny Test

After 24 years and 27 individual tests the NATIONAL BARROW SHOW® Progeny Test is being discontinued in its current form.  Since 1991, hundreds of purebred swine breeders have entered hogs representing all eight major breeds in this unbiased test.  The NBS® Progeny Test has served as a benchmark for growth, carcass, and meat quality traits among the hogs entered and breeds represented each year.  The NASR would like to thank the dedicated breeders who have participated in the test throughout the years for their commitment to the improvement of the purebred swine industry.

However, the swine industry has seen major changes in the past 24 years, particularly how we raise and market hogs.  Because of this, a new committee of recognized swine industry leaders has been formed to develop a new testing protocol for the NBS® Progeny Test.  The goal of this committee is to develop an unbiased testing procedure that better represents the current U.S. Swine industry, with a focus on lean gain and improving meat quality across the industry.

The NASR would like to thank Hormel Foods Corporation, Iowa State University and the National Pork Board for their support of the NBS® Progeny Test. Due to the restructuring of the NBS® Progeny Test, the current group of animals will be the last set evaluated with the existing program. There will be no spring test in 2016. More information will be forthcoming about future progeny tests as it becomes available.

2015 CPS Extravaganza

Entries for the 2015 CPS Extravaganza are due Friday, March 27.  Entry blanks are printed in the March issue of Breeders Digest on page 27.  This successful show pig event will be held on Tuesday, April 14 in Greencastle, Indiana.  If you are in need of an entry blank, please do not hesitate to call the CPS office at 309-691-0151.  We can possibly fax or e-mail a blank to you if desired.