The Livestock Judging Team from Black Hawk College East Campus kicked off their fall contest schedule Sept. 7 taking reserve honors in the junior college division at the National Barrow Show (NBS) Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn., as well as 2nd in Reasons.
BHC sophomores spend their nights and weekends preparing for the NBS Swine Judging Contest, their first fall contest. On the way to the competition, they meet up with numerous Midwestern judging teams for an “NBS Pilgrimage.” BHC judging team coach Dan Hoge, an icon in collegiate judging circles, conducts the pilgrimage, helping all of the teams prepare for the NBS contest. This judging journey to Austin, Minn. is known as the largest collaboration of judging teams from coast to coast.
The four-day National Barrow Show celebrated its 67th year this fall. In 1974, the junior college division portion of the Swine Judging Contest was created. Before 1974, community/junior colleges and universities competed in one unified “Collegiate” division. Black Hawk College has won the junior college division 29 of those 38 years (the contest was canceled in 2001).
This year, Black Hawk College placed just behind Lake Land College of Mattoon, Ill., in both Overall and Reasons rankings beating eight teams in the division.
The team coached by Hoge and Jared Boyert had three members finish in the top 10 individually with Hank LeVan of Woodstock, Ohio, wrapping up in the 11th spot.
- Corey Edge of Rosedale, Ind. – 3rd Overall
- Tyler Gradert of Geneseo, Ill. – 4th Overall
- Trevor Kirkpatrick of Washington Courthouse, Ohio – 7th Overall
BHC’s Edge – one of 88 contestants in the junior college division – was also 2nd high individual in Reasons, coming in hard on the heels of Jennifer Livermore of Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill.
Rounding out the team were Deven King of Lansing, Mich.; Caitlyn Bowyer of Sumner, Ill.; Matthew Hahn of Minonk, Ill. and Ben Lenig of Wakarusa, Ind.
Team alternates were:
- Tracey Clifford of Auburn, Ind.
- Grant Malone of Abingdon, Ill.
- Trevor Kirkpatrick of Washington Courthouse, Ohio
Freshman Colton Geiger of Columbia City, Ind., earned High individual in the 4-H division as well.
Filling out the top five spots behind Black Hawk College were:
- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, Okla. – 3rd
- Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Ill. – 4th
- Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Ill. – 5th
This event is co-sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation and the National Association of Swine Records.
The next contest for the team will be Sept. 28-29 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Expo in Omaha, Neb.