Posted Jan. 29, 2013
The Iowa Pork Producers Association has announced the results of the 5th annual Youth Swine Judging Contest held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Jan. 24 as part of the 2013 Iowa Pork Congress.
A record turnout of 511 4-H and FFA students from 46 schools around Iowa participated in the contest. The students were able to test their gilt selection and market evaluation skills in four different judging classes.
The results are:
1st Place Team—Prairie City-Monroe FFA Team 1 (Receive Plaque and $400 scholarship each)
2nd Place Team—Grinnell FFA Team 1 (Receive Plaque and $200 scholarship each)
3rd Place Team—Grinnell FFA Team 2 (Receive Plaque and $100 scholarship each)
4th Place Team—Osage FFA Team 1 (Receive Plaque)
5th Place Team—Earlham FFA Team 1 (Receive Plaque)
High Individual — Connor Warrick of Prairie City-Monroe
1st Place Team — Benton County 4H Team 2 (Receive Plaque)
2nd Pace Team — Wayne FFA Team 2 (Receive Plaque)
3rd Place Team — Des Moines County 4H Team 1 (Receive Plaque)
High Individual — Andrew Wiley of Benton County 4H
IPPA conducted two small assessments with students during the contest. Both included 12 questions about hog production and meat quality. The first assessment focused mostly on general farm practices related to livestock production. The second focused on meat quality and characteristics as they related to livestock production and handling practices.
Following the event, many of the students were able to visit the Iowa Pork Congress tradeshow at the Iowa Events Center.