Minnesota Pig Sale a Great Success
On April 20th, the 9th Annual University of Minnesota Show Pig Sale was held at the St. Paul Campus Animal Arena. All pigs in the sale were born and raised by our Department of Animal Science Swine Teaching Unit. There were 34 head of January and February farrowed show pigs that sold for an average of $238. The pigs were sold as project animals for Minnesota 4-H and FFA members looking for animals for summer county fairs. This sale helps support the Swine Teaching Unit. Most of the pigs sold at the sale were from litters sired by boars from North Iowa Boar Stud (NIBS) out of Riceville IA. The Owen Family (NIBS Owners) support the UMN’s swine unit each breeding season by allowing the Swine barn to breed to their elite boars at a reduced rate. The sale pigs this year were mainly crossbreds; however, there will be a few purebred litters of Berkshires and Yorkshires.
The Block and Bridle club along with members of the ANSC 3801 (Livestock Merchandising) were responsible for all facets of the pre and post-sale management including advertisement, arena set up, animal cataloging, clerking, and load out. Running this sale has given the students experience regarding the principles and activities involved in successfully promoting and merchandising livestock. Assisting the students were Noah Carroll and Dan Hayes, student managers of the Swine Unit; Kyle Rozeboom, Swine Barn Faculty Supervisor and ANSC 3801 Instructor; and Tony Seykora, Block and Bridle Advisor.