American Kunekune Pig Registry
Sanctioned Show Rules
The AKPR Sanctioned Show Program has been developed to encourage the exhibition, marketing and promotion of AKPR registered Kunekune Pigs. Any show receiving AKPR sanctioning must be open to all AKPR registered Kunekune Pigs that meet the requirements of the AKPR show rules. Points will be earned at AKPR Sanctioned shows by animals, exhibitors and breeders and will not be awarded until after the official show results are received by the AKPR.
Eligibility of Animals
All pigs must be registered in the AKPR herd book at least 30 days prior to the show date.
All pigs under six months of age are required to be Litter Notified with herd book number assigned.
All pigs entered into AKPR sanctioned shows must be registered with the AKPR .
A copy of the animals’ original registration certificate is required for entry to the show and must be present during the show.
All pigs must be appropriately identified – Ear tag, Tattoo, Microchip or Ear Notching are all forms of identification accepted by the AKPR.
Pigs registered to an individual with a prefix account not in good standing are ineligible to exhibit in an AKPR Sanctioned Show.
The AKPR will accept and permanently record all wins in Shows that have been determined to have met all requirements (as stated below) for AKPR sanctioning.
Failure to comply with AKPR Show Rules may result in the loss of sanctioning.
Effective June 1, 2018, AKPR requires that an AKPR Sanctioned Show Application be submitted to the AKPR no less than 120 days prior to the show.
No show shall be sanctioned during the week of the AKPR National Show with the exception of a one day qualifying show to be held in conjunction with and prior to the National Show.
The main focus of AKPR Sanctioned Shows is genetic improvement, promotion and preservation of the Kunekune Pig breed.
The AKPR reserves the right to set up a booth at all sanctioned shows free of charge to the AKPR. This booth shall be used to sell AKPR merchandise, accept prefix applications, and distribute literature and publications regarding Kunekune Pigs, the AKPR and the International Kunekune Pig Preservation Project.
Judges shall be selected from the official AKPR Sanctioned Judges list or may be approved through application on a one-time basis as an Approved Judge. In the case where an AKPR Sanctioned Judge is commissioned, an AKPR novice apprentice judge has permission to accompany the judge for training and mentorship.
AKPR sanctioned shows must be held on public property, adequately insured and where members of the public may attend.
The National Show Ring Code of Ethics shall apply at all AKPR sanctioned shows.
Any show receiving AKPR sanctioning shall be open only to AKPR registered Kunekune Pigs. Show Representatives may use their discretion and have the right to ban an individual if they consider it necessary for the good of the show.
There shall be no limit on the number of animals that can be entered in a class by an exhibitor.
In the case where it is considered dangerous or too crowded to properly judge the number of pigs in any given class, the class may be split and judged in groups with winners driving for the final placing.
Any show limiting the number of entries in any way must state this in their rules.
AKPR sanctioned shows may not require animals to sell in a sale as a condition of participating in the show. However, they may require participation in the show in order to offer pigs for sale at the venue.
When AKPR registration certificates are presented at check-in, registered name, AKPR registration number and ear tag, tattoo or microchip number or ear notching of each animal must be recorded as well as current owner and breeder as this information must be displayed on the results turned into the AKPR.
Only pigs entered under their AKPR registration number and presenting a copy of their AKPR Certificate of Registration will be eligible to earn points for their actual placing in the show.
Points for AKPR Sanctioned Shows will be awarded based on the following schedule:
AKPR Class Points
# Exhibited in Class 1st 2nd 3rd
6-7 3 1
8-9 4 2
10-12 5 3 1
13-15 6 4 2
Division Class Points will be awarded as follows:
Grand Champion – 5 points
Reserve Grand Champion – 3 points
Showmanship Points will only be awarded to AKPR registered breeders in good standing as follows:
AKPR Showmanship Points
Age Group 1st 2nd 3rd
Youth Registered Breeder 3 2 1
Regular Registered Breeder 3 2 1
All animals must be AKPR registered purebred Kunekune Pigs.
Junior Boar - under 6 months of age
Senior Boar – at least 6 months but not yet 1 year
Junior Yearling Boar – at least 1 year of age and less than 18 months
Senior Yearling Boar – at least 18 months of age and less than 2 years
Aged Boar – at least 2 years of age or older
The Champion and the Reserve Champion boar will be chosen from the first place animals in the above divisions.
Junior Sow - under 6 months of age
Senior Sow – at least 6 months but not yet 1 year
Junior Yearling Sow – at least 1 year of age and less than 18 months
Senior Yearling Sow – at least 18 months of age and less than 2 years
Aged Sow – at least 2 years of age or older
The Champion and the Reserve Champion sow will be chosen from the first place animals in the above divisions.
Classic Head - ONLY the head is judged based on the Breed Standard for grazing characteristics. Any sex or age is allowed.
Get of Sire - group of pigs consisting of a boar and two of his offspring either male or female or a combination thereof.
Produce of Dam - Group of pigs consisting of a sow and two (or more to be determined by show coordinators) of her offspring either male or female or a combination thereof.
Sow with Piglets – sow is judged with her litter in the ring. Judge is considering maternal characteristics, consistency in litter, and number of piglets accommodated, etc.
Pen of Pork - A group of three pigs is shown together in a pen and judged as a group for uniformity as a group, consistency of quality and size, owned by a single AKPR Registered Breeder. This group may consist of multiple prefixes or be the product of one AKPR Registered breeding program.
Youth Showmanship - In this class only the handler -aged 13 and younger- is considered by the judge. Handlers will be judged on their ability to drive their pig exhibiting its best qualities to their judge, their understanding of show etiquette/manners, their knowledge of swine and the pig in their charge, among other things at the judge's discretion.
Showmanship - In this class only the handler is considered by the judge. Handlers will be judged on their ability to drive their pig exhibiting its best qualities to their judge, their understanding of show etiquette/manners, their knowledge of swine and the pig in their charge, among other things at the judge's discretion.
**Calculating Ages in Relation to Classes - Birth dates, as listed on the registration certificate, will be used in determining class divisions. In order to calculate the class breaks, take the show date and count back to the birth date to determine the age and the class for the animal
The show must provide ring stewards to assist in the ring and assist with moving animals to and from the ring.
The show must provide a secretary to record entries for each class including official name of animal, producers name, current owner’s name and name of handler.
The show must assign numbers to be worn throughout the show’s entirety by handlers showing pigs. The number should be affixed to the left chest of the handler’s lab coat in plain view.
It is the responsibility of the Show host to have a copy of the AKPR Official Show Rules available at all times in case any questions arise during the course of the show.
The show report must be completed and forwarded to the AKPR within 30 days of the show. The report must include the following:
Number of Animals exhibited in the Class
Each Animal’s Name
Each Animal’s AKPR Registration Number
Identifying Ear tag, Tattoo, Microchip or Ear Notch
Exhibitor/Owner of the Animal at the time of the show
Breeder of the Animal
Name and Assigned Number of Handler Showing the Animal
Any animal that is not checked in with an AKPR registration certificate will not receive recognition in any AKPR publication or website. Such animals are not eligible to earn points.
A copy of scheduled classes and applying entry rules must be sent to the AKPR.
Changes and/or corrections to the official show results, once they have been turned in to the AKPR, will require the signature of the Show Host and one other show official.
It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to refrain from presenting any animal owned by the presiding judge within 90 days prior to the show date.
It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to ensure proper health documentation (CVI) is in place for swine movement across state lines.
It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to ensure all animals attending a show are treated and free of external and internal parasites prior to traveling to the show.
Show Ring Etiquette
All handlers entering the ring must wear a white lab coat, closed-toed shoes, with exhibitor number affixed to the left chest.
Exhibitors must be aware of their class entries and take note when their class is called to the show ring.
Upon ring entry handlers should immediately begin driving their pig.
All pigs are shown using a WHITE pig board no larger than 24 inches wide and 24 inches long and cane/stick to guide the pig in the ring.
All senior boars must be shown with 2 competent handlers (no youth 13 of age or under). Exhibitor shall be equipped with a show board as described above and second handler shall use a protective board of any size to ensure protection of handlers, pigs, and the judge(s).
It is the responsibility of the handler/s to ensure the safety of themselves, the animal in their charge as well as other handlers and animals at all times. Failure to do so will be cause to excuse the handler from the class at the discretion of the judge or show personnel.
Extra ring stewards should be present during senior boar classes and sow classes to assist if need be.
Code of Conduct.
All exhibitors, their family members and show management must read, be aware of and adhere to the National Show Ring Code of Ethics.
In addition, all exhibitors, their family members and others acting on the behalf of the exhibitor must display good sportsmanship and act in a courteous manner at all AKPR sanctioned shows. Unsportsmanlike conduct will be referred to the AKPR for appropriate action, if deemed necessary. Unsportsmanlike conduct may include but is not limited to physical actions, threats, outbursts, or use of profanity. AKPR action is not limited to, but may result in the exhibitor found in violation to lose points from that particular show, loose multiple show points, and/or be barred from current or future participation in AKPR sanctioned shows. The decision of the AKPR regarding the unsportsmanlike conduct shall be final.
Any pig exhibited at an AKPR Sanctioned Show or event shall be subject to disqualification for any of the following:
Any pronounced defect/abnormality
Belts – any pig exhibiting a true belt encompassing the entire girth of equal size and width including both forelegs with no breaks/bleeds.
Any boar exhibiting tusks protruding past the lip. ALL tusks must be trimmed prior to entering show grounds. Boars not properly trimmed will be turned away at the show gate and not allowed entry to show property.
Identification that is illegible or inconsistent with the registration certificate.
Failure to adhere to Acceptable Practices and Substances
Should any animal that has been awarded a prize be disqualified before its class has been dismissed from the show ring, the lower placing animals shall move up to fill the vacancy. Should any animal be disqualified after the class has been dismissed from the show ring, the lower placing animals will not move into any higher position.
Acceptable Practices and Substances
No person shall conspire with another person/s to intentionally violate, or knowingly contribute or cooperate with another person/s either by affirmative action or inaction to violate any part of these Rules & Regulations.
Permitted Practices and Substances:
Antiparasitic medications administered as needed, and as directed on the label, for animal health and well-being.
Drugs and other substances labeled for use in swine to treat health issues in an exhibited pig.
Any extra-label usage requires a prescription, or statement for use from the attending veterinarian.
Grooming products that are not restricted from use in meat producing animals including: brushes, combs, clippers, hoof trimmers, shampoos, conditioners, oils, mousse, alcohol/liniment, sprays and powders
Prohibited Practices and Substances:
Injection or external or internal administration via any orifice of any substance (including drugs, chemicals, and any other forms of products) prohibited from use in meat producing animals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and/or any Federal, State or Local Law.
Extra-label use of any drug or substance approved for use on meat producing animals, but not approved for use in swine (even though commonly used in swine), unless accompanied by a licensed veterinarian’s prescription or statement of use while on the show premises.
Injection or external or internal administration via any orifice of any allowed substance in any way that is inconsistent with the dosage and the route prescribed by the manufacturer or prescribing veterinarian.
Administration of any quantity of any diuretic, growth stimulant, or performance enhancing drug. *Sedatives cannot be used to alter animal temperament.
Presenting any animal whose natural conformation and structure have been surgically altered in any way, with the exception of:
Removal of tusks
Removal of testicles in the case of barrows
Using any inhumane or unethical treatments, including striking animals, using electrical contrivance, or other similar methods.
The following grooming practices are prohibited:
Using any substance to enhance or change the color of the livestock, including the livestock’s hide or hooves;
Adding any substance externally to build up, change or alter the shape or conformation of the livestock, including by way of example, but not limited to rope, false hair, graphite, hemp, and powders;
Pigmented grooming aides or materials.
In addition, colored or pigmented substances, i.e. paint, are prohibited from use on all swine at all AKPR sanctioned shows. Painting of the hooves is prohibited. Use of clear substances is permitted. The host of the sanctioned show shall enforce Prohibited Grooming Practices. Any exhibitor and the exhibitor’s animal at an AKPR sanctioned show that does not follow the rule will be disqualified and all awards will be forfeited. AKPR registered breeders who do not follow Prohibited Grooming Practices will be disqualified as described above from that show only, and their points for that particular show will be removed.
Show Support System (All show support is at the discretion of AKPR)
AKPR will provide placing ribbons 1st through 3rd and division ribbons Champion and Reserve Champion to AKPR Sanctioned shows.
AKPR staff will be available during the planning process to answer and assist with questions and planning details that may arise during this time.
AKPR will provide promotion of the sanctioned show through the AKPR web page and AKPR facebook page.
AKPR will provide Kunekune Pig, AKPR and International Kunekune Pig Preservation Project promotional materials to be displayed and handed out at the sanctioned show.