Livestock judges bring home National Barrow Show hardware

Sept. 16, 2011 —

For the 30th time, livestock judges from Black Hawk College East Campus took top honors in the junior college division at the National Barrow Show Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn.

This year the National Barrow Show celebrated its 65th year. The swine judging competition is held in conjunction with the four-day show. In 1974, the junior college division portion of the contest was created. Black Hawk College has won the junior college division 30 of those 37 years.

Black Hawk College took first place with a score of 2,995 points out of a possible 3,250, beating 12 teams in the division.

The team coached by Dan Hoge and Brian Arnold consisted of:

  • Stephen Gentry of Lebanon, Ind.
  • Jon Heaton of Toulon, Ill.
  • Jared Hoffer of Frankfort, Ind.
  • Sam Mattingly of Lebanon, Ind.
  • Jacee May of Stillwater, Okla.
  • Nick Riecke of LaOtto, Ind.
  • Andrew Stockdale of Waynetown, Ind.

Team alternates were:

  • Matthew Morrison of Conewango Valley, N.Y.
  • Jason Hieston of Jamestown, Ind.
  • Brett Johnson of Bloomington, Ill.
  • Patrick Andress of Dothan, Ala.

Filling out the top five spots behind Black Hawk College were:

  • Redlands Community College, El Reno, Okla., second with 2950 points.
  • Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill., third with 2938 points.
  • Casper College, Casper, Wyo., fourth with 2,919 points.
  • Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill., fifth with 2,918 points.

BHC’s Gentry, one of 104 contestants in the junior college division, was top individual with a total of 610 out of a possible 650 points. On his heels in second was Emily Limes of Lake Land College with a score of 609, and a close third was Tyler Loschen, Lincoln Land Community College with 608. Also finishing in the top 10 overall for Black Hawk College was Mattingly in seventh and Riecke in eighth.

Black Hawk College also brought home high team reasons with a score of 895 points. The individual reasons category had Gentry in second by one point with a score of 185 just behind Dalton Newell of Redlands Community College delivering the best set of reasons with a score of 186. In a tie that was broken based on lower placing totals in reasons classes, Nick Riecke finished fifth behind Dave Ammann of Lake Land College in fourth.

This event is co-sponsored by Hormel Foods Corporation and the National Association of Swine Records.