(CLIVE, Iowa) - The Iowa Purebred Swine Council and the Iowa Pork Producers Association recognized a successful swine producer last night for his efforts in promoting purebred swine.
Al Schminke of Van Horne accepted the 2017 Master Seedstock Award at the 46th annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines. A brief multi-media presentation of his purebred business also was presented.
Schminke and his wife, Kandy, started raising market pigs together more than 45 years ago. After their children became more interested and involved in the family swine operation, they started to focus more on the show ring instead of commercial production. Both of their children were highly competitive and enjoyed spending their time exhibiting pigs at the local, state and national levels.
In their Schminke Genetics farrow-to-finish purebred business, Al and Kandy focus on raising Chester White's and F-1 show pigs. To maintain their elite lines of offspring, they choose to sell their very elite boars as well as show pigs and gilts. They also hold online auctions selling bred sows and show prospects in fall and spring.
The Schminke's efforts have paid off with numerous awards over the years for their children and customers. They had the Champion Chester White Barrow at the 2017 Ohio State Fair Open Show, the Grand Champion Chester White Barrow at the 2016 Houston Stock Show, the Reserve Champion Chester Barrow at the North American Livestock Expo in 2014, and the Grand Champion Chester White Barrow at the 2013 American Royal, Team Purebred Junior Show and the National Stock Show. These are just a few of their many show ring success stories across the country.
This community-minded couple is actively involved in their local church and volunteer at various events with the Benton Community FFA Alumni Association. Al and Kandy have hosted local swine judging teams to practice and prepare for competitions. Al is a past board member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and is currently a member of the Iowa Purebred Swine Council.
Al and Kandy have raised two children.
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council has sponsored the Master Seedstock Award since 1958 and has selected one Master Seedstock Award recipient each year since then. Its purpose is to recognize significant contributions to the Iowa and national purebred industries and for evidence of genetic improvements within their selected breeds for the benefit of Iowa, the nation and, in many cases, internationally.