The 2013 Illinois Superior young Swine Producers Award Contest was held Aug. 10 in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair. Twenty-two 4-H and FFA members from across Illinois competed in the event.
This is a three-phase competition challenging the young people’s knowledge of swine production. Scholarships of $1,000 each are presented each year to the five highest scoring individuals overall.
This year’s winners include Justene Jennings of DeKalb, Brice Hintzche of Lindenwood, Adrian Austin of Mt. Vernon, Brandon Butcher of Blue Mound and Dylan Sigrist of Farina.
In the swine management test, Hintzche, Butcher and Sigrist sorted themselves to the top and received plaques for their achievements. In the skill-a-thon phase, Jordan Schipper of Milford, Jennings and Hintzche took home the highest honors. In the Judging competition, Brandon Pasdertz of Verona, James Banas of Willmington and Jennings, made up the top three.
The contest is sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, and the Illinois State fair. The land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Breeders Association supplies the individual plaques presented to the scholarship and phase winners.
This year marked the 17th consecutive year for the Superior Young Swine Producers Contest which has provided participating youth the opportunity to compete for $85,000 in college scholarships since its inception. The purpose of the contest is to create an educational activity that promotes youth development, career development and personal growth through increased knowledge of the swine industry.