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4-H members have fine swine time
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Tylan Lusk, 10, presents his Duroc gilt, winning second place in his division during the 4-H Central Region and Tennessee Swine Expos.
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Hannah Sanders, 15, exhibits her Grand Champion Hereford gilt, which was one of her many wins at the 4-H Central Region and Tennessee Swine Expos.

Local 4-H’ers did fine with their swine while competing in the Central Region and Tennessee Swine Expos in Murfreesboro from Jan. 6-9.

Warren County 4-H members competed in the regional and state swine expo, enjoying much success during both shows and bringing home several blue ribbons. 

“All of our 4-H’ers were very successful,” says Emily Motte, the 4-H agent over Warren County. “Several of them brought home Grand and Reserved Grand Champion titles in their respective divisions.”

During the Central Region Swine Expo, Casper Cossitt received the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion in two divisions. Hannah Sanders was awarded the Grand Champion titles in three divisions, and placed first in showmanship for her age division. Jaden Mertz exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion in another division.

While at the regional show, 4-H’ers also competed in the skill-a-thon contest, which is designed to test the knowledge over the animal they’re exhibiting. Numerous topics are covered, including breeds, quality assurance, health, management, feed and nutrition, product evaluation and others. 

“Our kids that show swine and compete in this are always successful every year,” says Motte. “Each year, I see our 4-H’ers improve in their showmanship and their knowledge of their projects and animals.”

During the skill-a-thon, Cossitt placed third in the Junior Division, Sanders placed first in the Senior Level 1 Division and William Prater placed fifth in the Senior Level 2 Division.

At the overall Tennessee State Swine Expo, Cossitt exhibited a Grand Champion, and Sanders exhibited the Grand Champion hog in two divisions and the Reserve Grand Champion in another. Sanders’ breeding gilt also placed fifth overall in the state in the Breeding Gilt Grand Champion Drive, and Tylan Lusk placed 10th of 58 in the Junior Showmanship Division.  

More wins came from Lusk and Sanders being recognized in the top 10 Premier Exhibitors for the Senior Level 1 Breeding Gilt Division with Lusk placing 10th and Sanders placing second. Sanders was also recognized as the first place Senior Level 1 Premier Exhibitor in the Market Hog Division. 

The Tennessee State Swine Skill-a-thon had many winners from Warren County with John Porter Prater placing 26th of 42 in the Junior High Division, Sanders placing second in the Senior Level 1 Division and Prater and Mertz placing in the top 10 in the Senior Level 2 Division.