NPPC Honors Duroc Breeding Legend with Commemorative Painting

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DES MOINES, IA, October 10, 2019 – The National Pork Producers Council today unveiled a commemorative painting in honor of Kay Christian, a highly respected pork producer who contributed to the industry in countless ways before her passing on Nov. 4, 2018.

The painting is the second in a series commissioned by NPPC from Iowa artist Valerie Miller, who specializes in livestock-themed art. Entitled “Kay,” the artwork depicts a Duroc gilt the breed for which Christian was so well known for raising, and will be showcased at pork industry events over the next year.

Christian was recognized throughout the industry for raising quality, purebred Duroc hogs and for investing in the development of the next generation of pork industry leaders. Christian is the only woman honored to date with an Iowa Master Seedstock Producer Award, a recognition she earned twice.

“It’s appropriate that we honor Kay during Pork Month,” said Iowa Pork Producers Association Chief Executive Officer Pat McGonegle. “Kay was an exemplary industry leader known not only for her Duroc breeding expertise but also for her commitment to mentoring aspiring producers, including many 4-Hers, and serving as a judge at many pig shows.” Canvas, paper prints and other representations of the “Kay” painting are available from Steel Cow, the artists retail operation, at

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