The Livestock Judging Team from Black Hawk College East Campus recently took top honors in the junior college division at the National Barrow Show (NBS) Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn. The team also placed 3rd 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 is known as the largest collaboration of judging teams from coast to coast.
The four-day National Barrow Show celebrated its 69th 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 31 of those 40 years and placed reserve nine years. In 2001, the contest was conducted under the name of American Swine Breeders Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.
This year nine teams competed in the division.
The team coached by Dan Hoge and Jared Boyert had five members finish in the top 11 individually with Kale Boysen of Morning Sun, IA, taking the 2nd spot.
Other winners were:
• Reid Suddeth, Mineral Point, WI – 3rd Overall
• Carter Ward, Plattsburg, MO – 5th Overall
• Maggie Smith, Bryant, IL – 9th Overall
• Nick Bangert, Blue Grass, IA – 11th Overall
BHC’s Ward – one of 90 contestants in the junior college division – took the high individual spot in Reasons with Boysen placing 3rd.
Rounding out the team were Grant Colvin of Rushville, IN.; Haley Haverback of Atkinson, IL; A.J. Line of Seaton, IL; Ben Markegard of Peterson, MN, and Mike Scott of Townsend, DE.
Filling out the top four spots behind Black Hawk College were:
• Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL – 2nd
• Blinn College, Brenham, TX – 3rd
• Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL – 4th
• Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL – 5th
This event is co-sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation and the National Swine Registry.
Last updated 9/25/2015