The National Swine Registry, West Lafayette, Ind., has hired Brian Anderson as the group’s new field representative and Jen Gillespie as its marketing and communications director.

From Caney, Kan., Anderson will promote the purebred use of Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire swine, as well as provide technical assistance to breeders primarily in the Southwestern region of the United States.

"Brian brings many years of experience in different facets of the livestock industry," says Clint Schwab, NSR chief executive officer.  "He was raised in the purebred swine business, which spurred his passion and understanding of the purebred swine industry. We are excited to have someone with his background and expertise joining our team and representing the NSR and its members."

Anderson obtained his bachelor's degree in animal science production from Kansas State University and has a lifetime of knowledge and experience in the swine industry. He is noted for his nearly two decades of coaching junior college livestock judging teams at Coffeyville Community College and Fort Scott Community College, both in Kansas, Anderson has guided many highly competitive teams and served as the National Junior College Judging Coaches' Association president.

Anderson will begin work at NSR in late January,

Gillespie will oversee NSR’s communications division, including production of it publication, Seedstock EDGE. Additionally, she will handle media and public relations issues, and pursue marketing opportunities for NSR through social media and interactive technology.

A Kansas native, Gillespie holds a master's degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Kansas State University. She has held an internship with Certified Angus Beef, LLC, as well as 6-mont stint with USDA in Washington, D.C.

Gillespie started her official duties with NSR in early January, and is located West Lafayette, Ind.

Headquartered in West Lafayette, Ind., NSR services include litter registrations, performance pedigrees, breed promotion and marketing assistance as well as education and genetic consultation. You can find out more here.

Source: NSR