December 16, 2019
NSR Updates
NSR Holiday Office Schedule
The NSR office will be closed from Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1. Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, January 2. If you need pedigrees for the 2019 Arizona National Livestock Show, you must contact the NSR office no later than Friday, December 20. Please plan other year-end tasks accordingly. Thank you for your patience and understanding as NSR staff enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.
2020 NSR Board of Directors
2020 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship
The Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation. This scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CME Hog futures.
The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the life and contributions of NPPC Board of Directors Member Lois Britt. Elected to the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame and the NC Pork Council Hall of Fame in her home state of North Carolina, Britt made significant contributions to the industry. Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually to eligible applicants who are undergraduate students intending to pursue a career in the pork industry. NPPC administers the scholarships with winners being announced at the National Pork Industry Forum.

Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as future pork industry leaders themselves.

To be eligible, applicants must:
  1. Be a current undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture and
  2. U.S. citizen. High school students are not eligible.
  3. Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  4. Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.
  5.  Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.
  6. Prepare a cover sheet with the following information:
  • Name of Applicant
  • Name of School
  • Year in School
  • Contact Information (home & school mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address)
Please submit the items listed to info@nppc.org . All entries must be submitted by Friday, January 3, 2020 to be accepted.
NSR and NJSA Memorabilia Auction THANK YOU
The NSR and NJSA greatly appreciate everyone who supported the NSR and NJSA Memorabilia Auction. The auction raised more than $7,000! This $7,000 will fund future scholarships, leadership conferences and educational contests for NJSA members. Thank you!
Information Regarding OPTIONAL Hampshire Female Testing

I n October of 2018, the Hampshire Swine Registry voted to allow breeders to test Hampshire females until January 1, 2020, with no consequences, to provide breeders with the opportunity to determine where their herds Breed Profile Testing percentages were from a research perspective. Hampshire females have not been required to be tested for registry and will not be required to be tested for registry or recording litters. Breeders still have until January 1, 2020 to submit samples (not have test results returned), with no consequence. It is highly encouraged that if breeders have not tested females and have interest in determining specific animals breed composition, samples should be submitted to NSR no later than January 1, 2020.
 
After January 1, 2020, breeders will still be able to test females for research purposes, however, if a female does not pass the breed profile test, it will lose its pedigree. If the female has already recorded offspring, the offspring's pedigrees will not be cancelled, however, that female will not be able to record future litters. It is important to reemphasize that females are NOT REQUIRED to be tested, and this policy only affects breeders that choose to test females.
 
This information does not affect any requirement to the Hampshire Sire Policy. To review the Hampshire Sire Policy, click here: https://nationalswine.com/pedigree/dna.php .
 
Finally, in 2020 Hampshire junior animals will only be required to pass sire parentage, HAL/Stress and Hampshire color requirements, not breed composition.
 
If you have questions regarding these updates please visit nationalswine.com or contact the office at 765-463-3594.
Pedigree Staff Update
Robin Lucas will be fulfilling all Duroc pedigree needs for the remainder of 2019. You can contact Robin at robin@nationalswine.com .