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Results from 2018 Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show

Jan 26, 2018


Dr. Dwight Loveday, Associate Professor

A very successful Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show was recently completed. The show had 280 junior exhibitors from 37 counties that showed 646 hogs. Swine skillathon featured 257 youth participating. New for the 2018 show was the addition of purebred barrow classes and breeding gilt classes. In addition to the individual hog classes, youth competed in showmanship, ultrasound carcass class, swine skillathon, premier exhibitor and swine photography contest.

The judge for the show was Seth Ebert, Boar Stud Manager for A Cut Above in York, Nebraska.

The 2018 Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show was held in conjunction with the Tennessee Pork Producers Association annual meeting. A special thank you to all the Extension staff, specialist, parents, volunteers and sponsor who made this year’s show a success! Award and general sponsorship includes the following:

Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, UT Department of Animal Science, Farm Credit Mid-America, Tosh Farms, Goolsby Sausage – James Meat Co. , Pig Improvement Company (PIC), Zoetis, Tennessee Farmer’s Cooperative, Hartford Insurance Group, Tennessee Pork Producers Association, Katie Emily, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Livestock Producers, Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Robert Fitzgerald PIC, Jonathan Pierce, Reese Brothers Mule Company, Prater Showpigs, Hart Showpigs, Jenkins Show Pigs, Ky/Tn Crop Ins. Agency, Leath Family Farms, Carr Brothers, Bartholomew Farm, White Family Show Pigs.

Show Result Highlights: Complete show results.

Grand Champion Crossbred market hog was exhibited by Audra Hart, Bledsoe County. Her hog was the division 3 winner and weighed 263 pounds. Reserve Grand Champion Crossbred honors went to Foster Wingler from Rutherford County on the 245 pounds Division 2 winner. In the Purebred barrow division, the Supreme Champion Purebred barrow was the Yorkshire exhibited by Lincoln Hart, Bledsoe County. The Reserve Supreme Champion Purebred barrow was the Reserve Yorkshire shown by Ellie White of Clay County.

Other breed champions are:

Chester White – Abigayle Bartholomew (Henderson County), Champion; Kaitlin Taylor (Wilson County), Reserve Champion

Duroc – Brigette Swafford (Bedford County), Champion; Lytton Haley (Rutherford County), Reserve Champion

Yorkshire – Lincoln Hart (Bledsoe County), Champion; Ellie White (Clay County), Reserve Champion

All Other Breeds – Brigette Swafford (Bedford County), Champion; Hannah Sanders (Warren County), Reserve Champion

Junior Market Hog Show
Audra Heart – Champion 5th/6th grade Showmanship
Junior Market Hog Show

Eighty-five purebred gilts were shown in the Chester White, Duroc, Yorkshire and All Other Breeds classes. The Supreme Champion Purebred Gilt was shown by Bethany Sims, Roane County, on her Champion Yorkshire and Audra hart had the Reserve Supreme Champion Purebred Gilt on her Reserve Champion Yorkshire gilt.

Other winners are:

Chester White – Wesley Miller (Cumberland County), Champion; Mary Carter Shirley (White County), Reserve Champion

Duroc – Bethany Sims (Roane County), Champion; John Neely (Rutherford County), Reserve Champion

Yorkshire – Bethany Sims (Roane County), Champion; Audra Hart (Bledsoe County), Reserve Champion

All Other Breeds – Kate Lamon (Giles County), Champion; Hannah Sanders (Warren County), Reserve Champion

133 hogs were ultrasounded for the carcass class. 36 pigs qualified for the purple award in the Ultra- sound Carcass Class. To be a Purple Award, hogs had a live weight between 250-280 pounds, a 10th rib fat thickness between .50-.80 inch and a loin muscle area between 7.0-9.99 sq. inches. Winning top honors was Aaylah Gibson of Wilson County. A special thank you to Dr. Rob Fitzgerald of PIC for performing the ultrasound measurements.

Top 10 Carcass Class winners:

  1. Aaylah Gibson, Wilson County
  2. Ella McLerran, Clay County
  3. Heather Whited, Jefferson County
  4. Kendra Sellers, Knox County
  5. Callie Head, Sumner County
  6. Montana Wright, Rutherford County
  7. Heath Kimes, Clay County
  8. Keith Hanna, Union County
  9. Cooper Eslick, Lincoln County
  10. Eion Cannon, Loudon County

Photography Contest:

Tennessee Junior Hog Show Photography Contest was by Madisyn Harris, Loudon County. Information about the the “most liked” photo con- test from the photography contest can be found on the TN 4-H Live- stock Facebook page.

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Madisyn Harris photography winner
Junior Market Hog Show
Ellie White. Champion 4th grade Showmanship

4th Grade Showmanship

  • Champion – Ellie White, Clay County
  • Reserve Champion – Madilyn McKinney, McMinn County

5th and 6th Grade Showmanship

  • Champion – Audra Hart, Bledsoe County
  • Reserve Champion – Kate Lamon, Giles County

7th and 8th Grade Showmanship

  • Champion – John Neely, Rutherford County
  • Reserve Champion – Eli Mundy, Claiborne County

9th and 10th Grade Showmanship

  • Champion – McKinnley Waters, Fentress County
  • Reserve Champion – Kennedy Hill, Union County

11th and 12th Grade Showmanship

  • Champion – Samantha Roberts, McMinn County
Junior Market Hog Show
Abi Bartholomew 11th/12th grade Premier Exhibitor with Matt Fennel, TN Farm Bureau

4th Grade Skillathon:

  • Jake Head, Sumner County
  • Cordell McLerran, Clay County
  • Austin Carter, Rutherford County
  • Caden McKnight, Monroe County
  • Joseph Henry, McMinn County

5th and 6th Grade Skillathon:

  • RuthAnn Johns, Williamson County
  • Micah Kibbey, Sumner County
  • Mason Allen, Williamson County
  • Kenley Roark, Macon County
  • Abby Grace Rippy, Sumner County

7th and 8th Grade Skillathon:

  • John Neely, Rutherford County
  • Eli Rich, Clay County
  • Will Poynor, Williamson County
  • Hannah Sanders, Warren County
  • Sam Lamb, Williamson County

9th and 10th Grade Skillathon:

  • Ella McLerran, Clay County
  • Kennedy Hill, Union County
  • Liam Allen, Williamson County
  • Madisyn Harris, Loudon County
  • Wesley Trew, Polk County

11th and 12th Grade Skillathon:

  • Keri B. Cox, Bradley County
  • Abigayle Bartholomew, Henderson County
  • Garrett Franklin, Clay County
  • Samantha Roberts, McMinn County
  • Emily Johnson, Loudon County
Junior Market Hog Show
Madilyn McKinney Res. Champion 4th grade Showmanship

4th Grade Premier Exhibitor:

  • Jake Head, Sumner County
  • Cordell McLerran, Clay County
  • Joseph Henry, McMinn County
  • Ella Gamble, Anderson County
  • Caden McKnight, Monroe County

5th and 6th Grade Premier Exhibitor:

  • Kenley Roark, Macon County
  • RuthAnn Johns, Williamson County
  • Mason Allen, Williamson County
  • Gracie Leath, Sumner County
  • Abby Grace Rippy, Sumner County

7th and 8th Grade Premier Exhibitor:

  • John Neely, Rutherford County
  • Bethany Sims, Roane County
  • Hannah Sanders, Warren County
  • Will Poynor, Williamson County
  • Sam Lamb, Williamson County

9th and 10th Grade Premier Exhibitor:

  • Kennedy Hill, Union County
  • Madisyn Harris, Loudon County
  • Wesley Trew, Polk County
  • Liam Allen, Williamson County
  • Ella McLerran, Clay County

11th and 12th Grade Premier Exhibitor:

  • Abigayle Bartholomew, Henderson County
  • Keri B. Cox, Bradley County
  • Samantha Roberts, McMinn County
  • Garrett Franklin, Clay County
  • Kaitlin Taylor, Wilson County