February 24, 2020
NSR Updates
National Swine Registry Announces Ellen Knauth as New Vice President of Operations

The National Swine Registry is proud to introduce Ellen Knauth as the new Vice President of Operations. Prior to this new position, Ellen served as the NSR Director of Junior Shows and Junior Activities Coordinator. She has been with the organization for five years.
“I’m eager to transition into this new role with the NSR,” said Knauth. “My goal as the Vice President of Operations is to help my team members develop as professionals while serving the NSR membership. I look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with NSR members while helping them market purebred animals and provide educational opportunities at all levels.”
Ellen grew up in Elkhart, Illinois on her family’s corn and soybean farm. Alongside her family, she raised and exhibited Duroc and crossbred showpigs at the local, state and national levels. Showing at NJSA events is how Ellen became familiar with the organization. Ellen is a graduate of Lake Land Community College and the University of Illinois, where she judged livestock and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Consumer Economics.
Ellen currently lives in Milford, Illinois with her husband, Kyle, and two sons, 3-year-old Kolton and 10-month-old Knox. Her and Kyle operate Knauth Showpigs, and along with Ellen’s brother, Blane, his wife Kristi, and their children, they operate Knauth + Olson Boars. As a family, they enjoy spending time in the barn working with pigs and playing outside. Outside of the barn, the Knauth family enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs and all Illini sports teams.  
Ellen also volunteers her time with the Illinois Pork Producers. From 2018-2019, she participated in their Future Leaders Program, and now serves on their Education and Youth Committee.
Please help us welcome Ellen to this new role within the NSR. We are excited for Ellen to use her expertise and vast industry knowledge to continue progressing the organization. You can contact Ellen at ellen@nationalswine.com .
NSR Staff Attending the NSR Southwest Type Conference
Several NSR staff members will be in Belton, Texas for the 2020 NSR Southwest Type Conference. Due to this, the in-office help will be short staffed. Please plan your requests accordingly. The available staff is working hard to assist all membership. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Pedigree Department Staff Update
NSR DNA Secretary Whitney Webb is currently on maternity leave. All questions pertaining to DNA, performance data and commercial registrations, need to be directed to NSR Hampshire and Landrace Secretary Megan Dragstrem. Please contact Megan at megan@nationalswine.com .
2020 NSR Annual Meeting
The 2020 NSR Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 24 in Lafayette, Indiana at the Courtyard Marriott Lafayette. The meeting will begin at noon with an awards luncheon and breed board meetings to follow. All NSR members are welcome to join. To RSVP, please contact NSR Pedigree Department Director Lisa Kennedy at lisa@nationalswine.com by Tuesday, March 10.
2020 NJSA Scholarship Deadline
The application deadline for 2020 NJSA Scholarships is Sunday, March 1. For more information and to apply, click HERE .
Information Regarding Ractopamine Effects
The NSR is striving to be proactive and keep membership informed on information regarding Ractopamine. Please stay tuned for new information and resources each week.

NSR Purebred Influenced Crossbred Class
Beginning at The 2021 Exposition and National Junior Summer Spectacular and Summer Type Conference, NJSA members have the opportunity to show NSR Purebred Influenced Crossbreds as market (barrows) or breeding animals (gilts). Additionally, these animals would be eligible to show and be offered for sale in the respective crossbred portions of the open shows at NSR events.
Requirements would include:

  1. A documented parent (sire or dam) that is Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, or Yorkshire. If utilizing a purebred sow, a DNA sample must be submitted to verify parentage. The use of a purebred sire would meet the same sire requirements as members recording a purebred litter.
  2. The animal(s) must be recorded in the NSR Crosscheck Verification Program and documentation provided at the time of check-in.
  3. Animals eligible to show could either be sired by or farrowed by a documented purebred parent. Additionally, animals that may not meet purebred breed eligibility requirements but still maintain a pedigree would be eligible to show in this division (ie. short counting Durocs, off- belted Hampshires)

Junior Awards: NJSA will offer premiums for the Top 5 Purebred Influenced Crossbred Gilts and Barrows. The award structure will be as follows:

Champion- $2000
Reserve Champion- $1500
3 rd Overall- $750
4 th Overall- $500
5 th Overall- $250
(*) Champion and Reserve Gilts will be eligible to automatically enter the sale

Top 5 Animals will be required to pass the parentage requirements outlined to receive premiums.

This new program will provide youth swine exhibitors another opportunity to show swine projects at NJSA events and enhance the value and awareness of purebreds. Furthermore, this initiative increases value and education to NSR members by utilizing purebred genetics in crossbreeding schemes and helps build the crossbred swine registry data base. These animals would also be granted the opportunity to be merchandised during the crossbred sales at NSR events.
Arizona National Livestock Show Scholarship
The Arizona National Livestock Show invests in the future of agriculture by awarding more than $50,000 annually in scholarships to students who have participated in the livestock show or horse show. Visit anls.org/scholarships to apply by Sunday, March 15.
NJSA Youth Spotlights
Click HERE to learn more about the most recent NJSA Youth Spotlights. Dustin Andrus, Brigham Bunt, Kadence Emenhiser, Courtney Jackman, Landry Rodibaugh and Kirsten Shafer are excellent young people who help the NJSA shine!
Dustin Andrus, Idaho
Brigham Bunt, Oklahoma
Kadence Emenhiser, Indiana
Courtney Jackman, Indiana
Landry Rodibaugh, Indiana
Kirsten Shafer, Arkansas
Marketing & Communications
2020 Seedstock EDGE Media Advertising Kit
Seedstock EDGE Media goes beyond just advertising in the magazine, or ring shots at NSR and NJSA shows. The Seedstock EDGE Media team can provide you with print and digital catalogs, banners, branding materials, digital marketing, social media consultation and much more! NSR Digital Content Manager and Seedstock EDGE Editor Cassie Godwin and NSR Creative Design Coordinator DeShea Wallace want to work with you to take your marketing to the next level. Click HERE to view the 2020 Seedstock EDGE Media Advertising Kit and see how we can work for you!
Seedstock EDGE Subscriptions
Have you enjoyed the January/February/March Spring Showpig Issue of the Seedstock EDGE magazine? Both the print and digital issue have been delivered. If you would like to subscribe, it only cost $25 for a one-year subscription or $60 for a three-year subscription. All subscribers to the print issue will automatically receive a complimentary digital issue. You also have the option to subscribe to the digital-only issue. To subscribe, click HERE .
April/May Seedstock EDGE Advertising Deadline
The deadline to reserve your advertisement in the April/May Issue of the Seedstock EDGE is Monday, March 9. This digital issue will be emailed on Friday, March 27. The print issue will be mailed on Monday, April 6. To reserve your ad, contact NSR Creative Design Coordinator DeShea Wallace at deshea@nationalswine.com or NSR Digital Content Manager and Editor Cassie Godwin at cassie@nationalswine.com .