1/11/2014 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show champion parade kicked off Jan. 4 with the selection of the supreme champion bred gilt in the Small Arena.
Judge Terry Shaffer of Indiana commended the quality of the show from top to bottom before making his final announcement. And, though each of the breed champions was an excellent representation of its breed, only one could be named supreme.
“I look for a wide-based, stout, big-volume type of gilt that best represents her respected breed,” he said. The best fit was DCHH3 Spike O Lucy 2-9, exhibited by Dave and Bettie Holloway of Holloway Genetics in Glen Rock, Pa.
After the show, the champion sold for $2,050 in the Pennsylvania Farm Shows Bred Gilt Sale, one of the largest sales of its type in the nation. The buyer was Ronald Magaha of Beallsville, Md.
A total of 157 head were sold in the sale, averaging $772.13 each.
This champion gilt earned a reputation for her attitude at the show, yet her conformation outshone her temperament for the supreme champion banner.
This bred gilt is due to farrow in a couple of weeks, and Bettie Halloway said she was allowed to be a little “testy” in the ring.
Holloway’s husband had several items, including some feed, a water sprayer and “toys,” to keep the gilt entertained and quiet in her pen while each champion was brought to center ring for its introduction to the audience.
“We’ve worked hard with our Berkshires for the past few years,” Bettie Holloway said. “It feels good to reach this ultimate goal.”
The couple also earned a supreme banner in 2007 with a Yorkshire. This gilt was selected a year ago as a potential candidate for this show and sale.
“We had to keep her healthy and growing,” she said. Then they had to make the right selection for mating this pig.
The sale provides an opportunity for pig breeders to purchase genetics from other breeders. For those who sell, the reward comes from hearing of their animal’s future success.
Holloway said another pig, which was last year’s reserve champion gilt and sold in the 2013 sale, has provided a great success story for its new owners, who showed the animal at the Maryland State Fair and the Keystone International Livestock Exposition this past fall, winning several champion awards.
Before the champion announcement, the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Cooperative honored show and sale organizer Rick Smith for his years of service.
Champion show and sale prices are as follows:
Supreme and champion Berkshire: DCHH3 Spike O Lucy 2-9, exhibited by Dave Holloway, Glen Rock, Pa., sold for $2,050 to Ronald Magaha, Beallsville, Md.
Reserve champion Berkshire: CRPH3 Spike O Lucy 5-8, exhibited by Cory and Kevin Pfautz, Ephrata, Pa., sold for $1,450 to James Parlett and Son, Airville, Pa.
Champion Chester White: TM3 Emily 1-13, exhibited by James T. Parlett and Sons, Airville, Pa., sold for $1,000 to Michael Starr, Brockport, Pa.
Reserve champion Chester White: KWF13 Ms Tonto Gonzal 5-11, exhibited by Ken Wetzel Family, Rossiter, Pa., sold for $900 to James Martin of Maryland.
Champion Duroc: JOEB3 Jak 16 Ms Waldo 14-5, exhibited by Jacob Hartman, Lonhartsville, Pa., sold for $1,000 to Ronald Magaha, Bealsville, Md.
Reserve champion Duroc: DCHH3 Cherry Chip 9-9, exhibited by Dave Holloway, Glen Rock, Pa., sold for $1,200 to Russell Whewell, Carthage, Ill.
Champion Hampshire: ERCR Ms 7-Up 11-1, exhibited by Eric Rabenold, Kutztown, Pa., sold for $1,000 to Charles Ruby, Rocky Ridge, Md.
Reserve champion Hampshire: RRWY3 S Sue 23-4, exhibited by Wilson Bros., New Freedom, Pa., sold for $950 to the exhibitor.
Champion Landrace: RRWY3 Sally 21-5, exhibited by Wilson Bros., New Freedom, Pa., sold for $550 to Zachary Mearkle, Hopewell, Pa.
Reserve champion Landrace: LAG3 Outlook 2-1, exhibited by Grant Lazarus III, Germansville, Pa., sold for $925 to Lisa Foust, Conneaut Lake, Pa.
Champion Poland: JCS3 Blaze 107-2, exhibited by John Strawbridge, Whitehall, Pa., sold for $800 to the Todd Bennecoff family, Kutztown, Pa.
Reserve champion Poland: JCS3 Heat Wave Bravo 104-2, exhibited by John Strawbridge, Whitehall, Pa., sold for $450 to John Corey, Canterbury, Conn.
Champion Spotted: SL13 Rampage 14-10, exhibited by the Lazarus Brothers, Germansville, Pa., sold for $750 to Gary Sprague of Fort Edward, N.Y.
Reserve champion Spotted: RA3 Gretchen 6-6, exhibited by Russell and Ginger Kegg, Bedford, Pa., sold for $600 to Mary Palmer, Union City, Pa.
Champion Yorkshire: BSY13 Miss Ajao 2-1, exhibited by Bryan Smith, New Enterprise, Pa., sold for $1,500 to Eric Rabenold, Kutztown, Pa.
Reserve champion Yorkshire: JTPS3 Flair 1-7, exhibited by James T. Parlett and Son, Airville, Pa., sold for $1,500 to Kevin Craun of Mount Crawford, Va.