4-H and FFA members from Bradley County showed at the County Hog Show at Tri-State Exhibition Center on Sunday.
Fourteen youth participant weighed in, groomed and showed their 22 animals and competed for judge Courtney Tavern. Tavern is from Kentucky and came for the day to judge the youth and their swine.
The youth participated in a Skill-a-Thon test where they had to identify types of feed, parts of the animal, cuts of meats, diseases and basic care for pigs. The Skill-a-thon contest is always a fun one to test the youth’s knowledge of pigs. The showmanship contest is where youth are judged on their ability to show their animal. The criteria is based on the child alone and not on the pig.
The results from the show are as follows:
Showmanship Class winners – Junior (fourth through sixth grade) – Olivia Congdon; Junior High seventh and eighth grade) – Major Waters; Senior High Level 1 (ninth and 10th grade) – Sydney Brady; Senior High Level 2 (11th and-12th grade) – Keri Beth Cox.
Purebred Breeding Gilts winner – Keri Beth Cox, Hereford
Purebreed Barrow winner Jolee Neely, Hampshire
Weight Class winners –
Lightweight Class Placings (77–128 lbs.): first place, Dustin Barnett; second place, Alex Blackwell; third place, Ellie Waters; and fourth place, Brianna Smith.
Midweight Class Placings (143-156 lbs.): first place, Daniel Cox; second place , Keri Beth Cox; third place, Stephanie Bates; and fourth place, HaLee Kazy.
Heavyweight Class Placings (166-177 lbs.): first place, Brylie Campbell ; second place, Sydney Brady; third place, Tucker Yarbor; fourth place, Olivia Congdon; fifth place, Major Waters.
Grand Champion Market Hog – Brylie Campbell
Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog – Daniel Cox
Junior (fourth through sixth grade) – Olivia Congdon
Junior High (seventh and eighth grade)) – Major Waters
Senior High Level 1 (ninth and 10th grade) – Stephanie Bates
Senior High Level 2 (11th-12th grade) – Keri Beth Cox
Donors who made the program possible were Double D’s Farm, Tri-State Exhibition Center, Bradley FFA Alumni, River Valley Ag Credit, Farm Credit of Mid-America, Southeastern Co-op, Tractor Supply Company, Triple J Farms, and Roanoke Farms.
4-H is open to youth, ages 8-18, without regard for race, gender, handicap, ethnic original, or religion.
For more information on the local program, contact Lynne Middleton at 423-728-7001 or email LMiddle2@utk.edu. For more information on the Bradley FFA Program contact Jamey Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.