This is a very complex issue which impacts many people in the show pig industry; breeders and exhibitors alike. Many are understandably upset as they feel as though they are victims of this new policy and that they were blindsided without enough notice or time to make adjustments to their breeding program to comply with the new policy. In response to the outpouring of complaints, the Hampshire board has made adjustments to the policy, publishing lists of approved sires, adjusting grand-fathering rules, testing of junior show hogs and other details. It seems as though the dialog with breeders continues and that the situation may still be “fluid”. Many have asked my opinion on the subject, and I’ve opted to share my thoughts here in The Pig Pen.
It shouldn’t require tragedy to bring us into focus. I don’t know why we can’t live our lives with passion and integrity, treating others with respect and dignity while cherishing each moment with our family and friends as though it could be our last. I guess its human nature to become accustom to the daily grind and begin taking things for granted. I’ve challenged myself to appreciate more the things in life which are truly important and worry less about the “other stuff”.
The NSR has trusted it’s breeders to be honest and to operate with integrity, and that trust was largely misplaced. They are trying now to take steps to correct that and they are meeting resistance.