The National Swine Registry announced the decision to cancel The Exposition scheduled for June 7-13 in Indianapolis, Ind. The NSR Summer Type Conference and NJSA National Junior Show will be held jointly July 5-11 in conjunction with the Team Purebred National Junior Show, CPS and ABA Summer Type Conferences in Des Moines, Iowa.
“If we have the opportunity to host a live event with safety precautions, we will do our part to make sure that happens,” Clay Zwilling, CEO of the National Swine Registry, said during a Facebook live event on Thursday. “While none of us know what the new normal will be, we can promise that we will be better together through this difficult circumstance. We are working towards making this event the best of its kind, and the ultimate opportunity to highlight our youth exhibitors’ perseverance and work ethic, as well as, our breeders’ dedication to purebred swine genetics.”
The associations expressed their commitment to helping prevent the spread of this virus by taking prudent steps to protect their exhibitors, their families, and sponsors, as well as the community at large, according to a statement from NSR.
NSR shared the following information for exhibitors:
1. All entries for The Exposition will be refunded in full. This process will take a few weeks so follow NSR communication platforms for up-to-date information.
2. A new entry form will be posted in the coming weeks allowing everyone to re-enter for the event that is to be held in July.
3. Open exhibitors with Exposition-age boars can participate in online marketing strategies through NSR. The details of these options will be released in the coming days, he said.
4. Entries that were previously made for the NSR Summer Type Conference and NJSA National Junior Summer Spectacular will be refunded in full.
5. Follow association communication platforms for updates and changes.
“We all have to endure this experience together. It’s important we are empathetic and unified as we move forward in developing solutions. I want to commend our breeders and industry partners and stakeholders for their resiliency,” Zwilling said. “Decisions are being made in the best interests of our industry and members, but also with the emphasis of social responsibility and ownership to our global community.”
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