Members Joined Together at the Texas Pork Industry Conference

The Texas Pork Industry Conference was held in San Marcos, Texas, from May 17 to 18. Members and youth participated in educational seminars and networking sessions and then celebrated the achievements of fellow members and industry partners. On the evening of Friday, May 17, the second Certified Texas Best Genetic Offering kickstarted the weekend off to a great start. With …

A Relfection from the Texas Pork Junior Ambassadors

The Texas Pork Producers Association has dedicated numerous years to advocating, educating, and encouraging Texas youth. With efforts to continue our mission of advancing a sustainable and profitable pork industry, the association was inspired to create a youth program that would generate visible youth leaders for our industry and communities. Thus far, the ambassadors gathered in Lubbock in July 2023 …

Show Pig Biosecurity Reminders

As an exhibitor, you can play a huge role in the pork industry. Just as you take each step to ensure your show pig remains healthy, you share the responsibility of making sure all pigs, show pig or not, stay in the best of health. With over 1 million pigs involved in the show industry in our country, we all …

The Impact of California’s Proposition 12 on Texas Show Pig Producers

By Colby Ferguson, TPPA executive director In 2018, California voters passed a California constitutional amendment that imposed arbitrary minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding sows, and calves raised for veal.  This state law impacted not only producers in California but also any producer who sold animals or meat into California.  Before the law could …

What does Proposition 1 mean for pork producers in Texas?

By Colby Ferguson, TPPA executive director On November 7, 2023, Texas voters voted to support Proposition #1, the ballot initiative to amend the Texas constitution to further protect farmers and ranchers no matter how small or large; ensure Texans have safe and affordable food, and further protect environment and animal welfare. So what does this mean when it comes to …

Showpig.com Becomes the New Certified Texas Bred Registry Title Sponsor

By Riley Reep The Texas Pork Producers Association (TPPA) is excited to announce Showpig.com as the 2024-2025 Title Sponsor of the Certified Texas Bred Registry (CTBR). “The Showpig.com team couldn’t be more excited to partner with TPPA as the CTBR Title Sponsor for the next couple of years. Our admiration for the Texas junior livestock programs runs deep as what they …

Preparing for African Swine Fever

By Jeff Wiegert, PhD, Swine Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension African Swine Fever (ASF) is a disease of swine endemic to the wild pig species of sub-Saharan Africa, such as bush pigs and warthogs. The virus that causes ASF is deadly in domestic swine but does not infect humans or other animals. Symptoms of ASF in infected pigs include …

Why Texas?

By Cambry Cline, TPPA Summer Intern While the Lubbock summer heat swelters outside the conference center, national and Texas pork industry leaders gather for a series of educational sessions and networking opportunities. With notepads out and the first cup of coffee finished, producers quiet their conversations as Dr. Brett Kaysen begins to present the answer to the question: Why Texas? …

Meet the 2023-2025 Texas Pork Junior Ambassadors

By Riley Reep The Texas Pork Producers Association has dedicated numerous years advocating, educating, and encouraging Texas youth. With efforts to continue our mission of advancing a sustainable and profitable pork industry, the association was inspired to create a youth program that would generate visible youth leaders for our industry and communities. Recently, the Texas Pork Producers Association Junior Ambassador …