The Livestock Judging Team from Black Hawk College East Campus took top honors recently in the junior college division at the National Barrow Show (NBS) Swine Judging Contest in Austin, Minn., as well as 1st 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 68th 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 9 years. In 2001, the contest was conducted under the name of American Swine Breeders Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lake Land College of Mattoon, Ill., took the reserve spot Overall. This year 13 teams competed in the division.
The team coached by Hoge and Jared Boyert had four members finish in the top 10 individually with Clayton Boyert of Seville, Ohio, taking the top spot.
• Hayden Wilder of Remington, Ind. – 2nd Overall
• Maggie Neer of Urbana, Ohio – 5th Overall
• Kendall Steines of Springbrook, Iowa – 7th Overall
BHC’s Wilder – one of 90 contestants in the junior college division – took the high individual spot in Reasons, with Boyert placing 5th.
Rounding out the team were Kade Knapp of Stanwood, Iowa; Colton Geiger of Columbia City, Ind. and Tyler Dawson of Rushville, Ind.
Filling out the top four spots behind Black Hawk College were:
• Lake Land College, Mattoon, Ill. – 2nd
• Blinn College, Brenham, Texas – 3rd
• Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. – 4th
• Casper College, Casper, Wyo. – 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. 27-28 at the Ak-Sar-Ben Livestock Expo in Omaha, Neb.