Swine Teaching Farm takes top honors at CPS National Show

September 22, 2020

The Iowa State University Swine Teaching Farm performed well at the 2020 CPS National Show in Des Moines, Iowa on September 16th exhibiting the Champion Duroc Boar and the Reserve Overall Truckload.

The students that worked together to prepare for this show expressed how much they enjoyed the opportunity to work together on a project with others that have similar interests, especially during these difficult times with many online classes.

“I enjoyed being able to work with other students towards a goal together. It was refreshing to be able to interact hands-on, sense so many others believe that virtual learning is a replacement. Nothing will ever replace the physical aspect of putting effort into something,” said Bryce Bedeker, a junior in agronomy.

Jenna Siegel, junior in agricultural business also told us, “It was enjoyable to be able to work pigs and prepare them for a show just as we did in our junior show days with kids that have the same passion and background. It was very fun and was a great opportunity to represent the university!”

The students also spoke about their passion for animals and getting the chance to work with high quality livestock. The Champion Duroc Boar is out of Hooked on a Feeling and Bomb Squad. He also goes back to both VEISHEA and Cyclone boards on his dam’s side which both show up in pedigrees at national shows.

I enjoyed getting to see good livestock that gave us a break from school work. Being a new transfer student, it was a great way to interact with other students with the same interest levels, stated Collin Swanton, sophomore in agricultural studies.

CPS National Show team

CPS National Show

Champion ISU Boar

ISU Swine Teaching Farm Manager and graduate student, Derek Henningson, with Champion Duroc Boar at the 2020 CPS National Show.