Harrisburg – Austin Wivell of Smock, Fayette County, won Grand Champion Junior Market Swine on Monday, Jan. 9, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Wivell topped a record-breaking 401 entries with his 266-pound Crossbred gilt.
At the end of the 10 hour show, Judge Ken Winebark of Lindale, Texas, said, “I am very pleased with the championship drive. I have found an extra special hog that exhibits the best flow from head to tail and is stout-made throughout.”
Judge Winebark evaluated the hogs on muscle, leanness, length, depth of body and structural correctness. He said he was honored to judge the swine show, as he showed hogs as a young man at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
A new addition to the Junior Swine Show is the Junior Production Test, where youth exhibitors can earn premiums based on performance data of their hogs. The hogs were sent to the Livestock Evaluation Center in Rock Springs, Centre County, in October, and were on test until Jan. 3. The market hogs are subjected to the same feed ration and management practices and are tested on lean gain per day (the amount of muscle weight gain per day) based on ultrasound tests of loin-eye area (LEA) and backfat (BF).
Ken Kephart, Professor of Animal Science at Penn State University said the portion of the show was added so that youth exhibitors can receive premiums based on the performance data and the market evaluation of the judge at the show. “Production testing is a good way for producers to identify outstanding sire lines from the progeny within a herd,” said Kephart.
Abigail Reiff of Pequea, Lancaster County, took Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine with her 272-pound Crossbred hog.
The Junior Market Swine Show Champions were:
Champion: Aiden Bomgardner, Mifflinburg, Union Co.
Reserve: J.C. Norris, Hopewell, Bedford Co.
Champion: Jacob McMaster, Cochranton, Crawford Co.
Reserve: Matthew Shuey, Westfield, Tioga Co.
Champion: Olivia Mullen, Ebensburg, Cambria Co.
Reserve: Lindsey Marshall, Creekside, Indiana Co.
Champion: Levi Beal, Rockwood, Somerset Co.
Reserve: Toni Marie DeCarlo, New Salem, Fayette Co.
Champion: Austin Wivell, Smock, Fayette Co.
Reserve: Abigail Reiff, Pequea, Lancaster Co.
Champion: Marissa Miller, Greenville, Crawford Co.
Reserve: Lance Lazarus, Breinigsville, Lehigh Co.
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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