Peabody Wins 39th Annual Iowa State Fair Big Boar Competition Sponsored by Feed Energy
August 7, 2014
Des Moines, IA
The 2014 Iowa State Fair kicked off today with the crowing of a Big Boar. Peabody of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, received first place weighing in at 1273 lbs. The 5 year old crossbred boar was raised by a group of owners, Friends of Peabody. Peabody will be on display throughout the duration of the Iowa State Fair, running Aug. 7-17, in the Swine Barn.
“Peabody was named in honor of our "State Fair Gang" friend, Brad Peyton, who passed away in September from pancreatic cancer. Brad's college nickname was Peabody,” said Lori Dvorak, who presented Peabody and is a 4-H member from North Polk."This was truely a team effort. John Sweeny picked him out, and I raised with support of Craig Rowles, ElitePORK Partnership, Tom Dittmer and Grandview Farms."
The runner-up was Big Mac who weighs 1142 lbs., 135 lbs. less than the champion. McDonald Acres of Hopkinton, Iowa, raised the 2 year old boar.
“The Iowa State Fair Big Boar competition is a staple for swine industry relations to the public,” said Mike Shindelar, executive director of Feed Energy, today’s competition sponsor. “While our company and the swine industry focus on developing lean meat for consumers, today’s event showcases the great families that bring the food to our tables. Congratulations to all who exhibited!”
The Iowa State Fair Big Boar competition celebrated its 39th year in 2014 and continues to be one of the top attractions during the fair. This year’s competition hosted nine entries all from Iowa. In the competition’s history, only one Big Boar has ever come from outside of Iowa. Reggie raised by the Stockdale Family from Austin, Ind., won in 2012 weighing in at 1335 lbs, which is the heaviest boar on record.
About Feed Energy
Feed Energy is an agribusiness firm primarily engaged in further refining vegetable oil as a high-energy, liquid feed ingredient. The company produces and distributes throughout the Midwest scientifically balanced ingredients specific to their customers' needs. Feed Energy's headquarters and original production facility have been in Des Moines for more than 25 years, with additional Iowa production facilities in Sioux City and Pacific Junction. Feed Energy is a part of Riley Resource Group, a collection of related companies who serve the agricultural industry and the communities in which we live and work.
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