4-H holds spring swine show


It was another cold day for the Washington County 4-H/FFA Spring Swine Show on Feb. 14 at Four States Livestock Auction in Hagerstown, but that didn't keep spectators or buyers away.

Auctioneer Floyd Davis said at the end of the sale that those were some of the best prices he had seen in a long time, especially with the economy the way it is.

The going rate per pound is 50 cents for swine and the lowest a youth received during the sale was 77 cents per pound. It has been a long-standing tradition that Wilson Ruritan buy from the youth at the show. According to retired 4-H educator Norris Diefenderfer, Wilson Ruritan started buying in 1984, but did not buy the grand champion until 1986. Before 1986, it purchased the champion pair and the reserve champion hogs. At the 2009 sale, Wilson Ruritan bought 4-H member Blake Bandeff's champion hog for $3 per pound and donated it back to the Washington County 4-H Swine Club to be resold. The resale amount goes back directly to the club for future educational activities, shows and awards.


Bandeff's champion hog was resold at the end of the sale for 87 cents per pound and was purchased by Martin's Elevator for the 4-H Swine Club. Martin's Elevator is another longtime supporter of Washington County 4-H.

The reserve champion hog was purchased by Wayne Gaver of Frederick County, Md., and was also donated back to the club, resold and purchased by Martin's Elevator. In all, Martin's Elevator contributed $414.38 to the club.

Fourteen youth exhibited 47 hogs on Valentine's Day. Four of the youths were participating in their first show. First-year 4-H'er Krystle Stoy said judge Blaine Brown's comments and pointers for showmanship taught her a lot and will help her better prepare for the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair in July. The 4-H motto is "To Make the Best Better."



o Junior Champion - Gene Wiles, Hagerstown

o Intermediate Champion - Justin Martin, Smithsburg

o Senior Champion - Tim Martin, Smithsburg

o Overall Champion and Harlan Biggs Award Recipient - Tim Martin, Smithsburg

Market classes

o Champion Light Weight - Cory DeBaugh, Boonsboro

o Reserve Champion Light Weight - Cory DeBaugh, Boonsboro

o Champion Medium Weight - Blake Bandeff, Williamsport

o Reserve Champion Medium Weight - Tim Martin, Smithsburg

o Champion Heavy Weight - Blake Bandeff, Williamsport

o Reserve Champion Heavy Weight - Kandis Stoy, Boonsboro

o Champion Pairs - Cory DeBaugh, Boonsboro

o Grand Champion - Blake Bandeff, Williamsport

o Reserve Grand Champion - Kandis Stoy, Boonsboro

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