The World Pork Expo Junior National is the youth portion of this premier event, held in Des Moines, Iowa in early June. This year, it attracted 975 young people who brought more than 2,200 hogs from 29 different states, including 200 first‐time attendees. The show is sanctioned by junior swine associations, including the National Junior Swine Association (NJSA) and Team Purebred. Pens were brought all the way from Omaha, Nebraska, to accommodate the 24 percent increase in the number of animals exhibited.
The WPX Junior National is a unique opportunity for NJSA members, since the World Pork Expo attracts more than 20,000 industry‐enthusiasts from around the world. In addition to the swine show, young people were able to take part in many educational contests and demonstrations designed to teach animal husbandry, sportsmanship and stockmanship skills.
This year, Maddie Caldwell’s purebred Hampshire gilt, sired by CDO0 Point Taken 257‐3, was selected by Judge Andy Rash, of Illinois, to top the Hampshire division before going on to be named the 2015 Grand Champion NJSA Purebred Gilt Overall. The gilt was selected from among the other breed champions, including gilts from Duroc, Landrace and Yorkshire breeds.
The Grand Champion Purebred Barrow Overall was awarded to Justin Wallace of Indiana. His Hampshire barrow, sired by OTTN3 West Point 60‐3, was selected by Judge Ryan Sites of Oklahoma.
Summer Spectacular a hit
The record‐breaking summer did not stop with the WPX Junior National. The National Junior Summer Spectacular (NJSS) was held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 29‐July 4. More than 600 exhibitors traveled from 26 states to participate in this national event.
Like the WPX Junior National, this event gave youth countless opportunities to improve skills such as public speaking, which will serve them beyond their youth exhibition careers into their professional lives. This aligns with NJSA’s mission to reward excellence, enhance educational opportunities, promote purebred swine and develop young leaders within the industry.
“These events provide youth from across the country with an opportunity to not only gain valuable skills through numerous educational competitions, but also spend valuable time with their families and develop life‐long friendships,” says Brian Arnold, National Swine Registry’s V.P. of Member Outreach and Youth Development.
After all 675 gilt entries were shown at the NJSS, Kayla Baker’s Yorkshire gilt, sired by ABD3 Dress To Kill 1‐3, topped the Purebred Gilt Show, which was evaluated by Jay and Will Winter of Texas.
This year’s NJSS featured a new Grand Champion Bred‐and‐Owned Female Overall. The division was only open to young people who had bred, raised and shown their project and was designed to get young people interested in swine production. Jordan Schippert’s Duroc gilt was sired by NEWI3 Iconic 13‐5 and topped the bred‐and‐owned division.
Bridget Halat of Illinois brought the Yorkshire barrow that topped the nearly 300 Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire entries to garner the Grand Champion Overall Purebred Barrow title. Her entry was sired by RWG4 The Prophet 4‐1 and was evaluated by Dr. Clint Schwab, Illinois, and Mike McCoy, Ohio.
Halat’s success did not stop there. She was one of two youth exhibitors who marketed their gilts for record prices through the National Swine Registry‐sponsored Summer Type Conference (STC) sale, held in conjunction with NJSS.
Halat’s Duroc gilt first won Grand Champion Duroc Gilt and Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Gilt Overall before she sold for the record price of $27,000 to Meeker Durocs of Illinois. This gilt was sired by HD3 Royalty 19‐2
The second record‐breaking gilt was exhibited by Kallie Brattain of Indiana. Brattain’s entry won fifth overall Hampshire gilt during NJSS before being named Champion Hampshire Gilt in the open STC ring. Her Point Maker 90‐1 daughter then sold to Travis Platt Showpigs, Indiana, for $37,100.
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