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The Kentucky Pork Producer News FALL 2014


State Fair Recap

KENTUCKY PORK PRODUCER NEWS EDITOR & DESIGNER: Celeste L. Harned Celeste Communications Paducah, Kentucky KPPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Bonnie Jolly KPPA STAFF: Gilberta Riggs Rhonda McGrew KPPI, INC. DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING: Wendell Ockerman KPPI, INC. STAFF: David Lewis

MISSION STATEMENT: To influence and affect, when possible, the internal and external factors relating to pork production on the farm. Marketing the live hog, processing the product, and merchandising the product to the consumer in ethical ways, in order to enhance the producers’ opportunity for profit. Subscribed to by the: Kentucky Pork Producers Association, Inc.

2014 KPPA EXECUTIVE BOARD PRESIDENT Bill Cochran Rineyville, Ky.

FEDERATION COUNCIL Dr. Dennis Liptrap Nicholasville, Ky.

SECRETARY Bob Robinson Cox’s Creek, Ky.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Maurice Heard Rockfield, Ky.

VICE PRESIDENT James Coates Franklin, Ky.

TREASURER Mark Reding Howardstown, Ky.

CONTACT US: Kentucky Pork Producers 1110 Hawkins Drive Elizabethtown, KY 42701 Phone: (270) 737-5665 Fax: 270-769-9079

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IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT John Medley Springfield, Ky.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Larry Eidson Paducah, Ky.

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Eric Heard Auburn, Ky. DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Benji Hudnall Bowling Green, Ky.

COVER PHOTO: The “grand drive” of the Kentucky State Fair Youth Market Hog show. Pictured from left to right: Austin Penick, Kenton County; Jordan Arnett, Montgomery County; Paige Dupin, Breckinridge County and judge Garry Childs. Unless otherwise noted, all photos and stories in The Kentucky Pork Producer News are by Celeste L. Harned of Celeste Communications.

GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT Hi all, The year has gone by real fast this time. It is again time to make plans for our annual meeting which will be January 16th and 17th, Hope to see you all there. As far as the year, we had a good summer the temperature was nice and most places had plenty of rain. This has made for record corn and soybean yields which has made feed prices more affordable and has helped our bottom line. Along with the decrease in feed prices we also have had some of the best prices in history. This is a nice problem to have to deal with. Prices have moderated some now with increased number coming to market because we have had fewer problems with PED since late spring. Also the average weights of market hogs have increase 15 to 20 pounds which has added a lot of pork to the market. This has been offset somewhat by increase in exports. In the first nine months of 2014 the exports were up 5 percent in pounds but up 14 percent in dollars from a year ago, our checkoff dollars at work for us. If you want to hear more about the market trends and price try to make the Saturday morning seminar at the annual meeting when Steve Meyers will bring everyone up to date on the market outlook. Winter has come upon us in a hurry this year. With fall going so nice suddenly we lost 40 degrees in one day that was a shock to most operations. With lows down to 8 degrees I was reminded of everything that was not winterized yet. Things that do not show up so fast are ventilation problems. As we close buildings up more for winter the venation fans become real important and they should be cleaned regularly. Dust buildup from the dry fall will reduce the output of fans by as much as 50 percent. So clean those fans to save money and provide a better environment for the pigs. PED as I said earlier has been on the decline during the summer, but as we close buildings up and weather gets cool and damp the odds are that PED will start making an appearance again. So with that in mind I would encourage everyone to review your biosecurity protocols and become aware that at this time of year it is extremely important. To become more informed on what PED is and how to control it we will have a program on PED at the annual meeting on Saturday morning Presented by Dr. Bob Thompson, Veterinarian with PIC.

Bill Cochran, Kentucky Pork Producers Association President, introducing honored guests at the 2014 KPPA Annual Meeting.

So as harvest winds down and the holidays approach let’s not forget the little things that keeps us in business and to be thankful for all that we do have. Also at the annual meeting we will be honoring Wendell Ockerman who will be retiring as of December 31st. So come join us Saturday on the 17th for the banquet as we recognize Wendell for his 30 some years with the Kentucky Pork Producers. Also Dr. Richard Coffey has been named chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. He and Melissa will be moving back to Lexington to assume his new position. So join us on Saturday night to honor both Wendell and Richard. Bill Cochran President

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KPPI: STATE FAIR 2014 State Fair time is that time of the year when we all get excited. We are going to see people we haven’t seen since last year. For the Pork Producers, it is a decision on how much to prepare and how many people to hire. The weather and who is in concerts both have a big impact on fair attendance. This year was no exception. It rained both weekends and got very hot the last part of the fair. We had a total of six locations, one of them was in the old Cardinal Stadium. It was open for fee concerts at night. The Pork Producers had good sales, although weather and attendance was not perfect. Forty-four percent of our sales were from the famous Butterfly Pork Chop. We have people say they come to the State Fair just to get one of those pork chops. It

makes us feel ten feet tall. Fair attendance was down 85,000 people. However, we did as well as last year with sales. I think that speaks well of our products and our people who serve them. It is with mixed emotions I write this article. I we be retiring December 31, 2014 after 30 years as Director of Special Events. Time passes fast and doesn’t seem that long, but it’s time for me to spend with my family, grandchildren and my great grandchild on the way. Hope to get back to visit from time to time. Thank you for your friendship and support. God Bless, Wendell Ockerman


The Kentucky Pork Producers were among the Scott says that one of the greatest aspects of the project buyers of the 2014 Kentucky 4-H Country Ham which is that all participants are required to give a five minute sold for $4,500 at the Kentucky State Fair Commodity speech about various topics relating to ham curing. Breakfast. “Many of these students have never been around Bob Robinson, KPPA Secretary, says that supporting country ham before but when you take the ham aspect the 4-H country ham program is important to the KPPA away, they’re still learning to follow through with a because it is exposes urban kids to agriculture. project from start to finish and how to communicate “The ham program is a good program,” Robinson said, about it,” Scott says. “Children who are not involved in agriculture on a daily The buyers of the 2014 4-H Country Ham were the basis can be involved in it even though they don’t have Kentucky Pork Producers and Kentucky Farm Bureau. a farm.” “As we all know, the ag community is getting smaller day by day so we need to involve urban people because it just makes good sense for us all to be partners,” Robinson said. Kentucky 4-H State Treasurer Julia Scott says the country ham project is one of Kentucky’s most diverse. Scott has participated in the country ham program for 10 years. She says her interest in the project was sparked by her great uncle who cured country hams but that once she became involved, she realized that most of the other students had no ham curing background. “We have an array of students who participate in this project because a Buyers of the Kentucky 4-H Country Ham pose for a photo with Ag Commissioner lot of counties have their own Comer and the Kentucky 4-H State Officers at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Commodity Breakfast. Representing the KPPA are Executive Director Bonnie Jolly and Secretary Bob ham houses,” Scott said. Robinson.


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DISCOVERY FARM A REMAINS A POPULAR ATTRACTION AT THE KENTUCKY STATE FAIR From piglets to ponies and goats to geese, the Discovery Farm in the Kentucky State Fair’s South Wing B is always a crowded attraction. Sponsored by the Kentucky Pork Producers, the Discovery Farm is an educational exhibit featuring live animals and information about farming practices in Kentucky. The “petting zoo” feel provides an opportunity for visitors to interact with the animals, many of whom have never seen livestock in person before. The Discovery Farm provides worksheets for elementary and middle school classes to use in conjunction with their visit, but it’s not just school groups who enjoy the exhibit. Jenn Taylor, a mom from Louisville, and her toddlers visited the Discovery Farm while at the state fair. “It’s fun for the kids and something we only get to see once a year,” Taylor said. Taylor said her children had learned animal sounds and read books about farms but the only farm animals they had seen in person were horses.

The sow and piglet display at the Discovery Farm always draws a crowd.

The Discovery Farm features an educational poster about modern farming practices for each species. The swine poster includes a feature about show pigs as well as the Kentucky Pork Producers famous pork chops served at the Kentucky State Fair.

“I like that they can see the babies and interact with the animals and its safe,” Taylor said. Luann Malrer, a retired teacher from Louisville, said that the livestock exhibits are one of her favorite parts of visiting the Kentucky State Fair. “I know there are a lot of different farms and things to see all over the state but I live in Louisville and I don’t travel much,” Malrer said. “But I can come to the state fair and see a little bit of all of it; the best of Kentucky.” Malrer says that as a retired teacher, she thinks that the Discovery Farm is a “fascinating” exhibit for children to visit. “The animals are cute but there’s a lot to learn too,” Malrer said. “I had no idea that pigs have so many babies at one time!”

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MEET KENTUCKY STATE FAIR GRAND CHAMPION MARKET HOG EXHIBITOR RUTH ANN MYERS Selling a pig in the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions is the dream of every 4-H and FFA youth showman. Each year, two lucky showmen find themselves in the New Market Hall sale arena as the bids roll in on their hogs. The Kentucky Pork Producers has been a buyer of the Grand Champion Market Hog for many years. This article will highlight the Grand Champion exhibitor and their experience as a swine showman. Ruth Ann Myers exhibited the 2014 Grand Champion Market Hog at the Kentucky State Fair which sold for $13,000 and was purchased by the Kentucky Pork Producers, Kentucky Soybean Board, Fifth Third Bank, Hilton Garden Inn and Sam Moore. Myers, 19, is a member of the Boyle County FFA chapter. Her 281 pound crossbred gilt was bred by Creager Farms in Wauseon, Ohio. Myers has shown pigs for 10 years and says her favorite thing about showing is the people. “It unites my family and our friends that also show. We call it our ‘show family’,” Myers said. In addition to showing livestock, Myers has been an active 4-H and FFA member for many years. She served as the 2013-2014 Kentucky FFA State Vice President and in October was elected the National FFA Eastern Region Vice President. “I’m spending a year with some awesome FFA members from across the nation, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as a National FFA Officer,” Myers said.


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“After my year of service to the FFA, I plan to finish my schooling at the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in agricultural education.” Myers credits showing pigs with shaping her future because of the many life lessons she learned while raising and exhibiting pigs. “I developed a passion for not only the swine industry, but all aspects of the agricultural industry and plan to teach others about the industry that really shaped who I am today,” she said. Myers wanted to express her thanks to the buyers of her Grand Champion hog, saying that their support benefits not just her but the hundreds of other showmen and members of 4-H and FFA. “I can guarantee you that there were many other individuals in that barn who worked just as hard as I did over the summer with my hog- I was just the lucky showmen with a market hog the judged preferred on

Ruth Ann Myers drives her Grand Champion Market Hog in the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions. Also pictured is her brother, Colby Myers.

that day,” she said. Ruth Ann is the daughter of Joe and Toni Myers of Danville. Her FFA advisors are Toni Myers and Matt Whitaker.

The Grand Champion Market Hog at the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions sold for $13,000.

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Kentucky Pork Producer News Fall 2014  

The Kentucky Pork Producer News is the official newsletter of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.

Kentucky Pork Producer News Fall 2014  

The Kentucky Pork Producer News is the official newsletter of the Kentucky Pork Producers Association.