More than 150 Kansas youth from 45 counties exhibited 317 pigs in the 2019 Dr. Bob Hines Swine Classic June 28-29 in Manhattan.
 
Youth had the opportunity to compete in a skillathon contest, photography contest, pork cook-off and showmanship, in addition to prospect and market hog classes. Brian Hines, Quincy, Michigan, judged this year’s Swine Classic, which is named after his father, Dr. Bob Hines.
 
Kansas Pork Association is a sponsor of the event and served as a judge in the skillathon contest and pork cook-off.
 
Exhibiting the grand champion prospect pig was Hayden Englert, Washington County. Completing the top five prospect pigs were Landon Roberts, Marion County, reserve; Jacob DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County, third, James DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County, fourth; and Tyra Meyer, Lincoln County, fifth.
 
Champion market pig was awarded to Aubriana Vannocker, Coffey County. Completing the top five market pigs were Kyser Nemecek, Allen County, reserve; Kason Ramsey, Finney County, third, Travis Oliver, Finney County, fourth; and McKinley Sutton, Bourbon County, fifth.
 
Showmanship classes were hosted Friday evening. In the senior division, Alya Arana, Finney County, was named grand champion showman.
 
Also placing in the top five seniors were:
Reserve Champion – James DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County
3rd – Braden Mai, Russell County
4th – Abi Lillard, Dickinson County
5th – Zane McDougal, Leavenworth County
 
In the intermediate division, Jenna DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County, was named grand champion showman.
 
Also placing in the top five intermediates were:
Reserve champion – Lane Higbie, Franklin County
3rd – Calla Higbie, Franklin County
4th – Kyser Nemecek, Allen County
5th – Kaden Stroup, Linn County
 
In the junior division, Anah Higbie, Franklin County, was named grand champion showman.
 
Also placing in the top five juniors were:
Reserve champion – Marley Sutton, Bourbon County
3rd – McKinley Sutton, Bourbon County
4th – Tayte Leck, Wilson County
5th – Gentry Ward, Miami County
 
In the Skillathon contest, the top five seniors included Cord Dodson, Montgomery County, champion; James DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County, reserve; Brenden Anderson, Montgomery County, third; Abi Lillard, Dickinson County, fourth; and Kolton Hall, Montgomery County, fifth. Top five intermediate included Lane Higbie, Franklin County, champion; Jenna DeRouchey, Pottawatomie County, reserve; Kyser Nemecek, Allen County, third; Garrison Moore, Douglas County, fourth; and Lincoln Martin, Ford County, fifth. In the junior division, winners included Anah Higbie, Franklin County, champion; Layla Pickerign, Dickinson County, reserve; Tayte Leck, Wilson County, third; Harry Langill, Nemaha County, fourth; and Ashton Neill, Atchison County, fifth.
 
Paige Snyder, Jackson County, had the champion people’s choice photograph, followed by Ty Jones, Wabaunsee County, with reserve.
 
The champion pork cook-off award went to the Bacon family of Morris County.
The event is hosted by K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.
 
Original release July 1, KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas Youth Compete in 2019 Dr. Bob Hines Swine Classic