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SWINE ‘SWAGGERS’ HER WAY TO THE TOP
Indiana County Duroc Gilt Named Supreme Champion
1/10/2009
HARRISBURG – The Supreme Champion swine at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show was the winning Duroc gilt, KENW8 MS SWAGGER 17-5, topping 189 entries from eight different breeds. This dazzling Duroc also sold for $900 at the Bred Gilt sale. 
 
Judge Al Schiminke of Van Horn, Iowa, selected the winner exhibited by Ken Wetzel of Rossiter, Indiana County. The Wetzel family has participated in the Pennsylvania Farm Show for many years and has owned several champions in the Duroc breed, along with Hampshire and Chester White swine.
 
Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff congratulated the winner and presented the supreme champion banner.  
 
The Bred Gilt Sale averaged $495 on 196 lots, grossing $97,090.  These totals topple last year’s sale averages with the sale average being $487 on 167 lots, grossing $79,800.
 
The champion and reserve champion gilts of each breed were:
 
Berkshire Champion: JTP8 Gold Miss, James Partlett Jr., Airville, York Co.
Res. Champion: JTP Gold Miss, James Partlett Jr., Airville, York Co. 
 
Chester White Champion: January Gilts, Ken Wetzel Family, Rossiter, Indiana Co.
Res. Champion: January Gilts 4-4, Ken Wetzel Family, Rossiter, Indiana Co.
 
Duroc Champion: KENW8 MS SWAGGER 17-5, Ken Wetzel Family, Rossiter, Indiana Co.
Res. Champion: DCHH8 Real Deal 5-2, David Holloway, Glen Rock, York Co.
 
Hampshire Champion: ERCR8 MS Light My Fire 8-4, Eric Rabenold, Kutztown, Berks Co.
Res. Champion: SAMR8 MS Big Kahuna 3-1, Samantha Rabenold, Kutztown, Berks Co.
 
Landrace Champion: LAG8 Monopoly 3-2, Grant A. Lazarus III, Germansville, Lehigh Co.
Res. Champion: JRWI 8 Miss Karlstorp 1-1, John Wingert, Sykesville, Jefferson Co.
 
Poland China Champion: BLP 1-9, Ron Lloyd, Hanover, Adams Co.
Res. Champion: JCS8 Concrete is Bionic 104-3, John C. Strawbridge, Whitehall, Lehigh Co.
 
Spotted Champion: 8 Sara Lee, Rick Wilson, New Freedom, York Co.
Res. Champion:  DHAL8 Hope 10-7, Dalton Hall, Julian, Centre Co.
 
Yorkshire Champion: CBH8 Sue 13-5, Charles and Mark Hall, Julian, Centre Co.
Res. Champion: RRWY 8 Ashley, Wilson Bros, New Freedom, York Co.
 
For a complete list of show results visit the Farm Show Web Site at www.farmshow.state.pa.us and click on ‘Show Results’
 
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 10-17 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $8. 
 
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
 
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