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The Kentucky Pork Producer News SUMMER 2014


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: Novice showmen participate in the showmanship class at the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo in Bowling Green. Unless otherwise noted, all photos and stories in The Kentucky Pork Producer News are by Celeste L. Harned of Celeste Communications.

GREETINGS FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Hello everyone, This month I’d like to share with you an opportunity to make a positive difference through Operation Main Street. In 2004, the Pork Checkoff launched Operation Main Street, an intensive training program for producers to help spread the message about the pork industry. This program helps producers across the country upgrade the pork industry’s image starting at the vital local level. Producers who participate in Operation Main Street gain public speaking experience, receive training on how to deliver a positive industry message to media and the public, and walk away ready for public presentations. Participants also receive updates on emerging Bonnie Jolly, Kentucky Pork Producers Association Executive Director, at the 2014 issues facing the pork industry, and have the KPPA Annual Meeting business meeting. opportunity to connect with other producers. As of June 30, 2010, more than 790 speakers have Are you ready to take it on the road? Operation been trained to give presentations. Main Street trainings are available all over the country. Producers aren’t the only beneficiaries of Operation Entertaining and supportive educators will assist and Main Street. Research shows that having producers train you to develop your public speaking skills, as well promoting a positive image is paying off for the pork as inform you about current issues facing the industry. industry. Pork producers are an integral part of spreading the Operation Main Street speakers say they have had message and securing the future of our industry. Ena positive impact by telling the industry’s story of sure that your community is aware about the positive innovation, quality and environmental stewardship. aspects of the pork industry. According to a survey of 9,888 audience members, 81 If you are interested in participating in Operation percent of the audience left the presentation with a Main Street and attending one of the training presentapositive impression when it comes to the pork industions, call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at 800-456try. PORK or contact: Ernie Barnes Recognizing the importance of this program the KPPA Board has agreed to reimburse you for your mileage to and from your presentation. Coming up soon is the Kentucky State Fair, August 14-24 in Louisville. The swine shows are scheduled for August 19-24. When you come to the Fair be sure and stop by any of the five KPPI serving booths. See page 4 for a menu and locations throughout the fairgrounds. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. You can always reach us at the KPPA Office at 270-7375665 or call or text me at 270-268-5245. Hope to see you at the state fair, Bonnie Jolly Executive Director

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KENTUCKY PROUD SHOW PIGS MAKE AN IMPACT BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE THE SHOW RING Recap of the 2014 Ky. Junior Livestock Expo swine shows Kentucky’s youth swine showmen have wrapped up a summer of preview shows and expos and are making final preparations for the Kentucky State Fair. Despite concerns from the PED virus, youth show pig numbers are up according to Lashley Williams, swine show coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Show and Fair Promotion.

Of the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos, the East Expo in Morehead boasted the largest hog show with 200 pigs. The Western Rivers Expo in Murray hosted 60 hogs and 100 pigs were shown at the Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo in Bowling Green. Show pig numbers are on the rise statewide and the KDA staff attributes that the Kentucky Proud

program. “No species has benefitted more from the Kentucky Proud program than the swine showmen,” said Shawn Zollman, of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Show and Fair Promotion. According to Zollman, when the Kentucky Proud program began there were only 15 breeders enrolled. In 2014, there are more than

Top left: KJLE Grand Champion and Grand Champion Kentucky Proud Danielle Allen. Top center: KJLE Reserve Champion and Reserve Champion Kentucky Proud Austin Penick. Top right: KJLE Western Rivers Grand Champion Amanda Morrow. Bottom left: KJLE East Grand Champion Will Arnett. Bottom right: KJLE East Kentucky Proud Grand Champion Austin Penick.


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30 breeders selling Kentucky Proud pigs, many of whom are showmen who retain their gilts to raise pigs for sale to other 4-H and FFA youth. One of the major incentives to show a Kentucky Proud animal is the added premiums and recognition. In classes, Kentucky Proud hogs are awarded higher premiums than non-Kentucky Proud animals. Kentucky Proud pigs are also eligible

for premiums for first-tenth place finishes while non-Kentucky Proud animals are only awarded premiums for first-fifth place. At Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos, a Kentucky Proud Champion and Reserve Champion are selected and awarded premiums as well. If a showman’s pig is selected as Grand Champion in the market hog show and happens to be Kentucky Proud

KJLE Western Rivers Grand Champion Kentucky Proud Danielle Allen. Photos from the KJLE East and Western Rivers provided by the Ky. Department of Agriculture. Photos from the KJLE by Celeste L. Harned of Celeste Communications.

as well, they receive both the Grand Champion and Kentucky Proud Grand Champion banners and premiums. Even more valuable than the monetary prizes are the lessons young breeders are learning in marketing, salesmanship, public speaking and working with exhibitors, says Zollman. “The communications skills, salesmanship, the marketing skills they’re gaining are giving them firsthand experience that is 10 times better than what they could ever be taught,” said Zollman. Those are lessons that Williams says swine showmen will put to good use at the Kentucky State Fair. “They are able to talk about the industry to not only the judges but to anyone who asks a question about their project,” said Williams. The Kentucky State Fair swine shows will be Aug. 20-24.

KPPI BOOTHS READY FOR THE KENTUCKY STATE FAIR The Kentucky Pork Producers serving booths have become an iconic part of the Kentucky State Fair. During your visit to the fair, make sure you stop by one of our five locations: the Commodity Tent, Freedom Hall, South Wing B, South Wing C and in front of Freedom Hall on the circle. This year’s menu includes: pork chops, pork burgers, pulled pork BBQ, brats, hot dogs, french fries, cheese fries, baked beans, potato salad, coke products and iced tea. Right: The Kentucky Pork Producers booth in South Wing B is always a popular stop for fair patrons at the Kentucky State Fair.

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KPPA SPONSORS KENTUCKY FFA STATE SWINE PRODUCTION PROFICIENCY AWARD Once again, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association sponsored the State Swine Production Proficiency Award at the Kentucky FFA State Convention in June. According to the National FFA Organization, “Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agriculture experiences [projects], have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.” This year’s Swine Production winner was George Bittel from the Owensboro Catholic FFA Chapter. Bittel operates George Bittel Show Pigs, a 40 sow show pig operation in Owensboro. Bittel says his primary duties consist of genetic selection, breeding and care of the sows and weanling pigs. Bittel sells most of his show pigs to other 4-H and FFA members in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. “Pork has been a part of my family for many years,” said Bittel, “We recently found a picture of my great-great-grandfather herding pigs in Germany!”

George Bittel Show Pigs is a small part of Bittel Farms, a diverse farming operation owned by George’s father Tony and uncle Don. Bittel Farms also consists of 100 commercial sows, an Angus cow herd and wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, corn, and tobacco.

2014 Margie Holt Memorial Scholarship Hannah Filiatreau, Bardstown daughter of Jay & Becky Filiatreau Michael Bush, Rockfield son of Bill and Terry Bush

William Mason, Paris son of William C. and Annie Mason Elizabeth Hinton, Falls of Rough daughter of Steven and Carol Hinton James Reding, Howardstown son of Mark and Barbara Reding

Kentucky FFA Treasurer Daniel Patton (right) presents George Bittel of the Owensboro Catholic FFA Chapter with the Kentucky FFA State Swine Production Proficiency award. Bittel’s proficiency will represent the Kentucky FFA Association in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville.



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Bittel’s future plans include attending Murray State University with a double major of animal science and agriculture education. Ultimately he plans to return to the family farm and operate both the commercial and show pig herds.

2014 Billy Crawford Memorial Scholarship Amber Jo Lewis, Cox’s Creek daughter of Jeff & Wendy Lewis Kate Dennis, Upton daughter of Roger & Becky Dennis

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KENTUCKY STATE FAIR Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, Louisville

Aug. 21, 2014 Governor’s Sale of Champions New Market Hall in the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, Louisville


Kentucky Pork Producer News Summer 2014  

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

Kentucky Pork Producer News Summer 2014  

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