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Market hog show attracts 546 entries

Story and photos by Glen Liford 2/23/2017


John Buryl Neely, holding the purple banner, exhibited the grand champion hog at the 2017 Junior Market Hog Show. Joining him are, from left, Adam Brown, Tennessee Farm Bureau; Will Hilty, judge; Dr. Neal Schrick, University of Tennessee animal science professor and department head; Lacey Johnston, UTK Animal Science Department; Alanna Vaught and Johnny Neely, parents of John Buryl; Andy Davis, Farm Credit Mid-America; and John Houston, TFC feed & animal health marketing manager.
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Some 305 4-H and FFA members exhibited 546 hogs in the 2017 Tennessee Junior Market Hog Show Jan. 16-18 at the Tennessee Livestock Center in Murfreesboro.

Besides the market hog classes, participants also battled it out in showmanship, carcass ultrasounding, skillathon, and premier exhibitor competitions.

The 2017 grand champion market hog – a 262-pounder – was shown by John Buryl Neely of Rutherford County. Reserve champion honors went to Giles County’s Kate Lamon for her 272-pound entry.

Tennessee Farmers Cooperative awarded belt buckles and jackets to exhibitors of the grand and reserve champion entries.

Other class winners, listed with their home counties, were Foster Wingler, Rutherford, lightweight champion; Clay Orman, Dickson, lightweight reserve champion; Audra Hart, Bledsoe, Division I champion; John Buryl Neely, Rutherford, Division I reserve; Lincoln Hart, Bledsoe, Division II champion; Eli Mundy, Claiborne, Division II reserve; John Buryl Neely, Rutherford, Division III champion; Bethany Sims, Rhea, Division III reserve; Kate Lamon, Giles, Division IV champion; Addyson Trew, Polk, Division IV reserve; Audra Hart, Bledsoe, Division V champion; and Lincoln Hart, Bledsoe, Division V reserve.

Capturing showmanship honors at the statewide event were Kate Lamon, Giles, champion fourth-grade; Audra Hart, Bledsoe, reserve champion fourth-grade; Bethany Sims, Rhea, champion fifth-sixth grade; Kenlee Ewton, Rhea, reserve fifth-sixth grade; Laurel Snow, champion seventh-eighth grade; Eli Mundy, Claiborne, reserve seventh-eighth grade; Lincoln Hart, Bledsoe, champion ninth-tenth grade; McKinley Waters, Fentress, reserve ninth-tenth grade; Wyatt Snow, Blount, champion eleventh-twelfth grade; and Abigayle Bartholomew, Henderson, reserve eleventh-twelfth grade.

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