The Iowa Purebred Swine Council has selected a Tama Co. hog farmer as its Master Seedstock Award winner for 2012.
Frank D. Albertsen of Toledo was presented with the award at the 41st annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night.
Albertsen has achieved many unique goals during his 45 years of swine seedstock production. He's best known as a Poland China breeder of international renown, but also has raised eight other breeds for varying periods over the years. Frank maintains a small herd of Poland China hogs to supply youth show animals and to strengthen the breed.
His first Iowa State Fair champion gilt in 1969 was followed by a string of State Fair champions. He showed National breed champions on multiple occasions and has had several National Barrow Show top sellers. Albertsen holds the distinction of owning the only Tamworth super-sire in National Barrow Show history. He continues to show at the National Barrow Show, Iowa State Fair and some local shows.
Frank was active in the Iowa test station projects throughout their existence and had top performing pens. He helped develop a sow productivity index in the late 1960s and used scanning technology to move his breed productivity forward to assist commercial customers.
Albertsen has been active in national breed association activities, particularly Poland China. He has been a swine and cattle show judge at the state, national and international levels.
Frank and his wife, Becky, are active in community, church and school. They have five adult children.
Frank was a Vocational Agriculture teacher for 40 years. He served on the Marshalltown Community College Advisory Council, has been a 4-H club leader and was Tama County Extension director. He has been involved in Iowa Pork Producers Association activities for many years along with active participation in the Tama County Livestock and Fair Association, Farm Bureau, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Soybean Association and international trade activities through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council has sponsored the Master Seedstock Award since 1958. Its purpose is to recognize significant contributions to the Iowa and national purebred industries and for evidence of genetic improvements within their selected breeds for the benefit of Iowa, the nation and, in many cases, internationally.