Missouri junior swine exhibitors traveled to jackpot shows throughout the summer competing for points in the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit. Points for the circuit could be earned from six of eight shows held across Missouri between the months of June and July. An awards presentation was conducted to conclude the program on Aug. 12 at the Pork Place on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.
Local winners, include: Remington Isaacs, Chillicothe, 9th Crossbred Gilt; Riggin Isaacs, Chillicothe, 10th Crossbred Barrow, 3rd Poland China Barrow; Connor Keithley, Chillicothe, 5th Overall Barrow, 7th Crossbred Barrow, High Point Crossbred Gilt, High Point Yorkshire Barrow, 2nd Overall Gilt, 3rd Duroc Barrow; Kaylee Lewis, Chillicothe, 2nd Spotted Gilt, 2nd Spotted Barrow; Colby Gillespie, Chillicothe, 3rd Hampshire Barrow; Hattie Bradford, Gallatin, 5th Hereford Barrow; Kiley Foster, Gower, 5th Berkshire Barrow; Eli Henke, Princeton, 6th Overall Gilt, High Point Hereford Gilt, 3rd Spotted Gilt, 3rd in Senior Showmanship; Addy Henke, Princeton, 2nd Hampshire Barrow, 6th Overall Barrow, High Point Spotted Barrow, 3rd in Intermediate Showmanship; Mikaylee Henke, Princeton, 2nd Hereford Gilt; Gracie Mitchell, Princeton, 4th Hereford Gilt; Reed Mitchell, Princeton, High Point Hereford Barrow; Alex Heussner, Tina, 5th Duroc Gilt, 2nd Yorkshire Barrow; Jaiden Rodenberg, Wheeling, 10th Overall Gilt, High Point Poland China Gilt, 1st in Junior Showmanship; and Macie Rodenberg, Wheeling, 5th Poland China Gilt
This year, 170 members participated in the program, accumulating points from several shows held across Missouri. Points could be earned in each of the following breeds for both market barrows and breeding gilts: Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Hereford, Poland China, Spotted, Yorkshire, OPB and Crossbred. Points were also earned for members who participated in one of four Showmanship divisions.
The MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit is designed to provide junior swine exhibitors the opportunity to develop their citizenship, leadership and sportsmanship skills and to reward Missouri youth for their participation and hard work put toward exhibiting swine projects statewide. For more information, contact the Missouri Pork Association at 573-445-8375 or visit the MYSPC webpage, http://www.mopork.com/youth/mpa-youth-show-pig-circuit/