‘Truckload’ of pigs kicks off barrow show

Published 7:09 am Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday’s “truck show” got the ball rolling on the 2009 National Barrow Show in Austin.

The show was meant to highlight pigs with very good marketability and consumer appeal, National Swine Registry CEO Darrell Anderson said.

“The truckload show is one of the highlights,” he said.

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Entrants brought six pigs that looked similar, which is what judges were looking for, Johnson said.

Pigs came from Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota to compete.

While the truck show really gets the week going, there were a few events before it.

During the weekend, the Junior Barrow Classic was held, and earlier on Monday students competed in a judging contest.

The National Barrow Show is at the Mower County Fairgrounds through Wednesday, but if you want to come out, be wary of road work — sections of 12th Street next to the fair are under construction and blocked off, as are parts of a few nearby streets.

Detours to the barrow show are marked.