The Iowa pork industry has a long history of honoring producers who excel in the production of hogs and this is another significant award that has been handed out since 1958.
Sponsored by the Iowa Purebred Swine Council, the Master Seedstock Producer Award is designed 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.
That initial 1958 class consisted of Wilbert Meinhart of Hudson, Wallace Lang and his son, Tom, of Brooklyn and Bernard Weed and sons of Ute.
Over the years, recipients of the Master Seedstock Producer Award have become a virtual "Who's Who" of seedstock producers in Iowa purebred circles -- the Friedows of Kanawha, the Hirsches of Indianola, the Stewarts of Waverly, the Eddie brothers of Storm Lake, the Conover family, Curtiss of Churdan, the Olsons, the Huinkers, the Christians and so many other distinguished producers.
With thousands of people involved in pork production in Iowa, it is a rare honor to receive the award and more than 100 Master Seedstock Producers have now been recognized since the award's inception.
2013 Master Seedstock Producer
The Master Seedstock Award is presented annually by the Iowa Purebred Swine Council to recognize outstanding seedstock producers who exemplify integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred swine industry.
We’re proud to introduce the recipient of the 2013 Master Seedstock Producer Award.
Orient, Adair County
Matt Rohrig received the award at the 42nd annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines on Jan. 22.
Rohrig is a full-time salesman for Hog Slat, building and servicing swine production units in Iowa and Nebraska, but he's also in the business of raising show pigs for youth exhibitions and purebred Yorkshire development. He’s been raising purebred Yorkshires for 12 years and has 60 purebred Yorkshire and crossbred sows.
Matt’s goal is to produce about 100 litters annually, primarily for show pig markets. His fall pigs are usually sold to Texas and Oklahoma buyers and his spring hogs are sold in Iowa and other Midwest and Southern states. Matt also has demand for purebred animals from other breeders and from commercial operations. The remainder are sold as feeder pigs or fed out to market weight.
The Yorkshire breed has been good to Rohrig as evidenced by recent grand and reserve championship entries of both gilts and boars at the Iowa State Fair, National Barrow Show and other exhibitions.
Matt has been active in the Iowa Purebred Swine Council, working on the Iowa Swine Jackpot Series subcommittee and helping to plan and build the Iowa State Fair exhibit – Little Hands on the Farm. He is involved in state and national Yorkshire Breed Association activities, a role that continues to expand as he was recently elected to the American Yorkshire Club Board of Directors.