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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - October 11, 1917, Des Moines, IowaNational Swine show american Royal Waterloo Dairy show in this Issue. Vol. Lxi no. 41. Pe8 Moi neg Iowa october ii 1917. Whole no. 3131 Ever before has the great Amer ican hog been held in so High esteem As at the present time. This esteem is directed to the common everyday porker in the feed lot and individual that is daily making the fat and the meat products for which the world is Clam Oring. If we Are to Bow to the feed lot porker we must hold in special regard the pure bred hog because Here we have the Fountainhead of a Mammoth Industry. It is because the pure bred plays so important a part in the improvement of the porker that a great and useful work has been undertaken by the National Swine grow ers association in the establishment of a National show. A beginning was made in Omaha in 1916 and the second event held in the same place last week eclipsed in Many respects the record made twelve months ago. Not that the number of hogs was greatly increased but rather that throughout All the classes in All the Breeds there was a higher Standard in Quality and in real porcine Merit. This year there were hogs of All Breeds in the pens As against last year. The Hampshire led with 342 head and the Duroc took Sec Ond place in numbers with 319 head. There were 281 Chester Whites in the pens this year and 246 Poland. The berkshires numbered 182 and the spotted Poland chivas eighty. As there was no classification for Yorkshire but one Herd was exhibited but the owner or. B. P. Davidson of Menlo Iowa received Many compliments on the Superior character of his exhibit. True it is that the number of entries at the to 1.a vi1j1 Trio standpoint of Quality. Every Swine breeder knows that hundreds of Sale hogs Are in the state fair pens. These Are not fitted for show and Breed ers Are simply using this legitimate Means of disposing of their surplus Stock. At the National there Are no Sale hogs to speak of and practically every animal on exhibition is entered and shown. This year sixteen states were represented. Breeders from Colorado and California competed with those from Massachusetts and Kentucky though of course the bulk of the entries came from Iowa Nebraska Illinois Missouri and Kansas. The Cream of the entries in All the leading fair circuits were in. Competition last week and Well might it be said As has been proven i Over and Over again since the 1916 show that a Good rating at the a it. I v i Illume 13oiu 4. Brush s Berkshire boar Baron Duke 201st tonal brings favourable attention and useful advertising to the breeder. In most respects Omaha takes Good care of the National but there is still lacking and it is a serious Lack a satisfactory judging Pavilion. The Small Sale ring in the horse barns is but a makeshift whereby the judge often finds himself jostling with the crowd and with the herdsmen in searching for the Good ones. The outside tent is but Little better As Opportunity is not afforded for satisfactory inspection nor is the arrangement fair to the judges. Should Omaha succeed in Landing the third National show the officers of the Swine growers association should see to it that the show be located there Only on condition that a satisfactory judging Pavilion be erected. In this respect the National has entirely outgrown its clothes and it is unfair to exhibitors and to visitors to have the showing done under the conditions that prevailed last week. In cataloguing the entries and in using the ring card system real Prog Ress was indicated and it was unfortunate that the numbering system was not carried out in the Case of the Duroc and berkshires. Where Only exhibitors Are allowed to enter the ring it is of great advantage if the visitor can have placed in his Han a Catalon giving him the needed information about every entry. A Start along right lie j has been made and those in charge of the show this year were convinced that Cata logs Complete in every detail would be issued for the next show. Is has succeeded Sal much of the Success of the National is due the various Breed associations president of the National the american Poland China this show established his Eye single to Swine improvement and he ree m relegating to the rear the i divid National As a special Means of laurels to one particular Breed Over another. Sensible rivalry or Mcfadden strongly commends so Long As it leads to Swine improvement in w him the natio Ilal can Only succeed in his opinion when its officers serve with an Eye single to the purpose of working ment in pure bred hogs of All Breeds. Through this Means Only win the common hog of the country become better adapted to the purpose for which he is raised. Breed superintendents were prepared to Lead the i rvs Juii m

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