Columbia, MO —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 nineteen different shows held across Missouri. An awards presentation was conducted to conclude the program August 9 at the Pork Place on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Almost $18,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the winners in various categories.

Winners from the region included:

Tanner Ellison – Baring – 7th place in Crossbred Gilts, 4th place in Chester White Barrows, 3rd place in Chester White Gilts, 3rd place in Hampshire Gilts, 1st place in Showmanship -Senior

Kalli Parrish – Edina – 9th place in Crossbred Gilts, 5th place in Berkshire Barrows, 5th place in Showmanship – Novice

Austin Clithero – Macon – 5th place in Overall Barrows, 2nd place in Duroc Barrows, 1st place in Hampshire Barrows, 1st place in Spotted Barrows

Payden Crain – Madison – 4th place in Spotted Gilts, 4th place in OPB Barrows

Morgan Blessing – Memphis – 3rd place in OPB Gilts

Carlee Long – Paris – 10th place in Crossbred Gilts, 5th place in Chester White Gilts

Marlena Long – Paris – 5th place in Showmanship – Senior

For complete results, visit http://www.mopork.com/youth/mpa-youth-show-pig-circuit/

Premium sponsors for this year’s Circuit included Show Stock Outfitters, Northeast Veterinary Service, Heimer Hampshires and Judging Pro. Funds were also raised through advertising in the official pocket guide and a benefit auction.

This year, 210 members participated in the program, accumulating points from 19 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, Poland China, Spotted, Yorkshire, OPB and Crossbred. Points were also earned for members who participated in one of four Showmanship divisions. Prizes were awarded to the top five finishers in each breed for both market barrows and breeding gilts, and in each Showmanship division. The top ten were awarded in the crossbred division. Prizes were also awarded to the top ten exhibitors in both the overall barrow and overall gilt categories.

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/