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Rohrer Rocks into Winner Circle with Shakira at the 2010 PA Farm Show
Somerset and Westmoreland County Youth Exhibit Grand Champion Swine Honors
1/11/2010

Harrisburg – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding presented Hannah Rohrer of Somerset, Pa., the Grand Champion title in the Junior Market Hog Show on Monday, Jan. 11, at the 2010 PA Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Rohrer, with her 267-pound crossbred market hog, outshined 347 youth swine entries from across the state to win her first Grand Champion Banner. She has exhibited at the Farm Show for seven years. A member of the A Cut Above 4-H Club, this excited 14-year-old received this prestigious honor with her homebred market hog, named Shakira. 

Sean Gallagher, 18, of New Alexander, Westmorland County, took Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine honors with his 266-pound crossbred market hog, called Buddy. He is a member of the Extreme Stockmen 4-H Club and has been exhibiting here for two years; however this marks his first win at the Farm Show.

For the second consecutive year, Judge David Walter from Warren, Ind., evaluated the market hog entries exhibited by 4-H and FFA youth from across the state. This year’s swine show topped participation from last year’s show with 19 new exhibitors, six purebred divisions and a highly competitive drive of crossbred swine. Before naming the Grand Champion, he commented “This show is all about the kids and the quality has greatly improved, since last year”.

Walter evaluated the hog’s on balance, muscling, finish, structural correctness and soundness.

The Junior Market Swine Show Champions were:
Berkshire
Champion: Katie Harvision, Titusville, Crawford Co.
Reserve: Myranda Strada, Lake Areil, Wayne Co.
 
Duroc   
Champion: Pierce Wilson, Fayette City, Fayette Co.
Reserve: Teagan Pfautz, Ephrata, Lancaster Co.

Hampshire  
Champion: Aminata Kalley, Philadelphia , Philadelphia Co. 
Reserve: Cole Seaman, Grantville, Lebanon Co. 
 
Spotted Swine
Champion: Melody Heath, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co.  
Reserve: Katelyn Macatee, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. 
 
Yorkshire
Champion: Cody Torock, Latorbe, Westmoreland Co.
Reserve: Dylan Bomgardner, Annville, Lebanon Co. 

All Other Breeds
Champion: Lance Lazarus, Breinigsville, Lehigh Co. 
Reserve: Adrianna McGuckin, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. 

Lightweight Crossbred
Champion: Sarah Farley, West Hazelton, Somerset Co.
Reverse: Janelle Stair, Punxsatawney, Armstrong Co.

Middleweight Crossbred
Champion: Katie Shultz, Dillsburg, York Co.
Reserve: Jaden Bushmire, Connellsville, Fayette Co.

Light Heavyweight Crossbred
Champion: Hannah Rohrer, Somerset, Somerset Co.
Reserve: Sean Gallagher, New Alexandra, Westmoreland Co.

Heavy Heavyweight Crossbred
Champion: Kelly Pierce, Hillsdale, Indiana Co.
Reserve: Michael Kasanicky, Leechburg, Armstrong Co.

Overall Crossbred
Champion: Hannah Rohrer, Somerset, Somerset Co. 
Reserve: Sean Gallagher, New Alexandra, Westmoreland Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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