Friday, June 26, 2020

2020 has certainly been a trying and challenging year. COVID-19 has forced us all to be more flexible, patient and understanding. Similarly, making decisions based on the best interests of our membership is equally as challenging. We have made our best efforts to keep information as timely and transparent as possible. Moreover, we actively seek the most timely and accurate information before making decisions.

Given the current status of events and guidelines from local, state and national officials, and information we have acquired over the last few weeks, the CPS and other national breed associations are working diligently with the Indiana Purebred Swine Breeders on an August event for boars and gilts targeted for late summer exhibition and sale. We greatly appreciate the Indiana Purebred Swine Breeders proactive and innovative approach to developing solutions.
We have received approval from the Indiana State Fairgrounds and state and local government officials to host this event August 20-23, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Midwestern Open Show and Sale will be a stand-alone event that will include all purebred breeds and crossbred swine.
Here is some critical information:

  1. Judges and schedule will remain consistent with originally proposed Indiana State Fair.
  2. This show’s focus is to allow breeders and youth the opportunity to merchandise their breeding stock during the traditional times of Midwest state fairs. Details regarding requirements and entries will be available in the coming days on
  3. As we all have learned over the last several months, plans change. Please keep up to date on this event and others through CPS’s communication platforms.

We look forward to seeing you August 20-23, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana, for The Midwestern.

We know changes being made around COVID-19 are challenging for everyone, however, we believe that we can provide a safe and enjoyable platform to exhibit and market these swine. Please stay up to date on our communication platforms and look for more information soon.
In closing, we all must be flexible and adaptable during these difficult times. Please be patient with others as organizations and individuals work diligently to find the best solutions and opportunities for youth exhibitors and breeders.

Jack Wall


June 11, 2020


After 41 years of working with the purebred swine business, Jack Wall has announced his retirement as CEO of Certified Pedigreed Swine, effective December 31, 2020. We will be forever indebted to Jack for his vision and commitment to the purebred industry. Jack’s leadership and loyalty to the industry and its’ members have propelled us to our present position today. His innovation and dedication have been tremendous, moving the purebred industry forward, keeping us ahead of our competitors nationwide. His willingness to put in extra time and effort to meet the challenges of this industry has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend on. In addition to his incredible competence, he has been a faithful friend to all, bringing enthusiasm, instilling unity, and giving support to every part of the breed association.

We wish Jack the very best in a new chapter of his life. We know that the purebred industry will forever have a special place in his heart. We thank Jack for the time and service he has given to the purebred swine industry.

CPS Board of Directors

Greg Norman, Illinois – President
Jerry Masters, Arkansas – Vice President
Dale Miller, Minnesota – At Large
Grant Norman, Illinois
Thomas Titus, Illinois
Roy Flach, Illinois
Brian Behrends, Illinois
Raymond Rice, Oklahoma
Greg Hartman, Oklahoma

To view the official document, please click here.



CEO of Certified Pedigreed Swine

TITLE OF POSITION: Chief Executive Officer/Editor

CEO for Certified Pedigreed Swine which includes Chester White, Hereford, Poland China, and Spotted Swine and Editor of Breeders Digest, the Association’s Official Breed Publication Headquartered in the CPS Office, Peoria, Illinois

Bachelor’s Degree in an agriculture field and experience in the purebred swine and/or other livestock sectors. This position requires knowledge of, and ability to use, social media and other various forms of communication to all segments of the pork industry including board members, senior and junior members of each breed association, employees, and allied industry as well as support personnel in verbal, printed and electronic formats. The CEO must also be able to convey the goals of the association to those outside agriculture, including members of the press. Candidate must be able to delegate tasks to office staff to ensure all deadlines are met in a timely manner. The position requires basic knowledge of accounting procedures and business practices, a working knowledge of grammar and editing as well as magazine-production skills. Experience in association management is highly beneficial.

To serve as the Chief Executive Officer and official representative of CPS. This position is responsible to the CPS President, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors for conducting the affairs of all member breed associations. The CEO facilitates the CPS’s formulation of the Association’s mission, goals and related policies. At the Board’s directive, the CEO develops and coordinates programs to the benefit of the Association’s membership. The CEO will ensure that all parties follow the CPS’s and each individual breed’s bylaws. The position will also provide communication to the officers, board of directors, and members on the status and results of Association programs. The CEO will work closely with the Team Purebred Board of Directors and Team Purebred Director of Junior Activities. The CEO will serve on their Board, in an advisory capacity. The CEO will serve as editor of Breeders Digest requiring basic communications skills, a working knowledge of editing and grammar, basic magazine-production skills and basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Word or Apple (Mac) Pages. The CEO/Editor will work closely with Breeders Digest Managing Editor and other magazine staff.

Commensurate to qualifications and experience.

Apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Jerry Masters, CEO Search Committee Chairman, 579 Buck Mountain Road, Dover, AR 72837 or e-mail information to

Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2020.

To view the official job description, please click here.