As the popularity of showing hogs has grown, Georgia Farm Bureau 5th and 7th District leaders held shows to encourage 4-H and FFA youth in their livestock projects. The events gave the students a chance to earn prize money to finance raising their hogs and to gain show experience before the state show in late February.
Both shows were held Feb. 5. The Upson-Lee Agriculture Center hosted the 3rd Annual GFB 5th District Market Hog Show. Portal High School FFA hosted the inaugural GFB 7th District Market Hog Show.
The 5th District show attracted 75 exhibitors showing 103 hogs in 14 weight classes. The 7th District show drew 24 exhibitors showing 31 hogs divided into five weight classes.
In addition to students at each show competing to see who had raised the best hog in their weight class, exhibitors at both shows, ranging from pre-K to high school seniors, competed for showmanship honors for their age division: novice (3rd grade & under); junior (4th-6th grade); intermediate (7th – 9th grade); or senior (10th – 12th grade).
Showmanship competitors were judged on their ability to maintain control of their hog as they walked it around the show ring and their ability to walk their hog in a way that best showcases the animal’s muscles, legs & overall structure.
7th District Showmanship winners were: Novice, Tatem Pittman, Toombs Co.; Junior, Nathan Newman, Bulloch Co; Intermediate, Kate Anna Newman, Bulloch Co.; & Senior, Taylor Lucas, Effingham Co.
Both shows awarded prize money to the 2nd – 4th place winners of each showmanship and weight class division based on the total prize jackpot each show had to divide.
5th DIST HOG SHOWMANSHIP
The GFB 5th Dist. Champion Showmanship winners, were from left: Novice Showman SJ. Key, Harris Co.; Junior Showman Lawson Cooley, Crawford Co.; Intermediate Showman Walker Davis, Pike Co.; & Senior Showman Carter Steele, Pike Co., chosen by show judge Gary Childs. Each showmanship division champion received a belt buckle & $60. Carter Steele also won the overall grand champion weight class prize of $250. Scout Taylor, Crawford County, not pictured, exhibited the overall reserve champion hog to win $150.
Photo by Logan Thomas
7TH DIST HOG SHOW GRAND CHAMPION
Tatem Pittman of Toombs County, grand champion winner of the first GFB 7th District Market Hog Show, won $350. From left, show judge Richard Gill, Bulloch Co. Farm Bureau Director Fred Blitch & GFB 7th Dist. Director Gary Bell congratulate him. Taylor Lucas of Effingham County, not pictured, won $250 as the reserve champion.