Carnell leads in Swine Show

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Molly Carnell leads a pig in her final 4-H Swine show. Carnell has participated in 4-H shows for 13 years. In her last show she came away with multiple ribbons included Champion Market Gilts, Champion Breeding Gilt and Champion Senior Shopwerson.

NEW ULM — The Brown County 4-H Swine show was once again one of the largest livestock show at the free fair.

Dozens of exhibitors brought swine to the competition with multiple weight classes in several of the divisions. 

The Crossbred Market Barrow division had the most exhibitors with 21 swine entered across six weight classes. Purebred Market Barrow was the second-largest division, featuring 17 swine in four classes.

This year was a strong showing for Molly Carnell of the Comfrey Comets. Her swine took home several of the top prizes including Champion Market Gilt, Champion Breeding Gilt, Champion Pen of Three, Campion Senior Showperson and Reserve Champion Barrow.

Carnell said her secret was to walk with the pigs every day and get them used to the whip.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Aubree Schmidt, 11, sits with her prize pig. With the swine she won Junior Champion Showperson and Champion Barrow.

Carnell is a veteran of the 4-H program. This was her 13th and last year showing swine at the 4-H show. She will attend University at St. Cloud.

Aubree Schmidt, 11, also had a great day with swine. She took the Champion Barrow ribbon and Junior Champion showperson. Schmidt said in showing a pig she always tries to take at the judge and keep the pigs head up, which can be a challenge as the animal tires. Schmidt said she was fortunate to have a cooperative pig. Her Champion Barrow was named after Minnesota Viking Everson Griffen.

Other honors went to Kiera Lafferty for Champion Intermediate Showperson. Mallory Drake received Reserve Champion Market Gilt and Reserve Champion Pen of Three. Haily Green was Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt.

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