By Josh Moniz
NEW ULM - Mallory Drake, 9, of Comfrey, won four ribbons in the 4-H Swine Show: Champion Market Gilt, Reserve Champion Market Gilt, Reserve Champion Barrow and Champion of Pen 3.
Drake's accomplishments are particularly impressive since this is her first year officially competing. Her only prior claim to fame was being part of feature photograph on the cover of Iowa Pork Producers Magazine earlier this year.
She said her success came from doing the hard work of sticking with the routine of cleaning, feeding and exercising the pigs. She said she finds 4-H to be incredibly fun as a competitive activity.
"It's really fun! I like being with the animals and working on them," said Drake.
She said she plans to just stick with pigs for competitions because she finds them more enjoyable to work with than other animals. She said she is already looking forward to many more years with 4-H.
4-H Swine Results
Champion Market Gilt: Mallory Drake
Reserve Champion Market Gilt: Mallory Drake
Champion Barrow: Brok Miller
Reserve Champion Barrow: Mallory Drake
Champion Breeding Gilt: Tyson Meidl
Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt:
Champion of Pen 3: Mallory Drake
Reserve Champion of Pen 3: Brok Miller
Champion Club Truck Load: Comfrey Comets
Reserve Champion Club Truck Load: Leavenworth Luckey Clovers
Champion Sr. Showperson: Brok Miller
Reserve Champion Sr. Showperson: Josie Schieffert
Champion Intermediate Showperson: Tyson Meidl
Reserve Champion Intermediate Showperson: Cassidy Hacker
Champion Jr. Showperson: Emma Schieffert
Reserve Champion Jr. Showperson: Austin Augustin
FFA Swine Results
Champion Breeding Gilt: Cassidy Hacker
Champion of Pen 3: Cassidy Hacker
Champion Market Barrow: Chantel Miller
Reserve Market Barrow: Jazmyne Miller