North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) have scheduled a Junior Market Swine Show for Nov. 3-5. Last year’s event had a record 1,042 entries, with exhibitors from 20 different states.
Earlier this year, the NAILE Executive Committee approved a change in show rules. All breed and crossbred champions and reserve champions will be drug tested. Random animals will also be selected for testing. Also, the event’s entry fee is now $25.
The show is open to youth 21-years of age and younger. Market hogs are shown in Duroc, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Landrace, Spotted, Chester White, Poland or Berkshire purebred classes or in crossbred classes. In cases where a breed does not have a minimum of 15 head entered, that purebred class will still be conducted, but premiums will be discounted by half.
Breed class champions and reserves and the three crossbred division champions and reserves all compete for overall Grand and Reserve Champion honors. The two overall winners are auctioned at the NAILE Sale of Champions, along with Junior Steer Show and Junior Wether Sheep Show champions. The Sale takes place Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. All other swine go to slaughter after the show.
Exhibitors showing hogs in the purebred classes must be members of the National Swine Registry or Team Purebred Junior Association. For crossbred barrow or gilt exhibitors, membership is not required. All exhibitors entered must be certified through the industry’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program.
The Junior Showmanship contest takes place on Nov. 3 & 4. This contest is open to both youngsters exhibiting and those not exhibiting in the show. Classes are broken by age, there is no entry fee, and winners receive rosettes.
The National Swine Registry (NSR), Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, and Team Purebred Junior Association co-sponsor the junior swine events.
Entry deadline for Junior Swine Show is Oct. 1. Exhibitors may submit entries by mail at any time and on the website beginning Sept. 1.
The 39th Annual NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY, under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. During the Expo’s two-week run November 3-16, the facility’s entire 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space is used. More than 200,000 visitors and exhibitors attend the event annually.