Feb 29, 2024
Story Submitted by Adeline Stone ’25 and Jamie Oesch ’24
The Central Trail FFA hosted the annual FFA Swine Show on Saturday, April 22nd. This show was sanctioned through the Iowa Swine Show Jackpot Series, with competitors coming from all over the state of Iowa, as well as some out of state participants. There was a total of 113 head of swine competing in the breeding and market show. We had an amazing judge, Briley Williams, who braved the cold and showed her talent all day. We are very lucky to have numerous businesses, as well as Mr. Whitey Brines, who help make this show a success.
The champion Breeding Gilt who received a $200 cash prize and a belt buckle was Liam Gruhn with his Dark Cross Gilt. Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt received a cash prize of $100 and a banner and was given to Kinsey Coffey and her Landrace Gilt. Third overall Breeding Gilt, receiving a banner, was given to Charles Ploeger with his Light Cross Gilt. Fourth overall Breeding Gilt was awarded to Scarlett Belknap with her Reserve Dark Cross Gilt. Fifth overall Breeding Gilt was awarded to Scarlett Belknap with her Chester Gilt. The Champion Market Animal, awarded $200 and a belt buckle, was Kinsey Coffey with her Dark Cross Barrow. The Reserve Champion Market Animal, who was awarded a cash prize of $100 and a banner, was Stella Belknap with her Reserve Dark Cross Barrow. Third overall Market Animal, receiving a banner, was awarded to Stella Belknap with her Light Cross Barrow. Fourth overall Market Animal was awarded to Stella Belknap with her spot Barrow. Fifth overall Market Animal was Bryson Brown with his Reserve Light Cross Barrow. Class winners 1st through 3rd also received a cash prize.
The show was made possible by numerous local supporters. The Central Trail FFA members would like to give these supporters a token of appreciation; Commercial Roof Coating, North Lumber & Home Center, Hog Slat, Decatur County Farm Bureau, Central Iowa Insurance, LHB Farms, Inc, Weinheimer Farms, Smith Feeder Supply, and GRM Networks. The Central Trail FFA appreciates all of the sponsors and participants for helping to make this show a continued success for the chapter.