Selling a pig in the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions is the dream of every 4-H and FFA youth showman. Each year, two lucky showmen find themselves in the New Market Hall sale arena as the bids roll in on their hogs. The Kentucky Pork Producers has been a buyer of the Grand Champion Market Hog for many years. This article will highlight the Grand Champion exhibitor and their experience as a swine showman.
Logan Boyd took home top honors in the 2016 Kentucky State Fair Junior Market Hog show, exhibiting the Grand Champion Market Hog which sold for $13,000 to the Kentucky Pork Producers, Monsanto, Green Hill Productions and Sam Moore.
Boyd, 19, is a member of the Mason County FFA Chapter and has been showing pigs for 11 years. His 282 pound crossbred gilt named “Hilda” was bred by Will Hilty.
Boyd says his favorite thing about showing pigs is going to pig sales and picking out my show pigs. He also enjoys watching them grow and change throughout the year.
Boyd described himself as “excited and nervous” before going into the Sale of Champions.
“You spend a lot of time, work and money getting these pigs to this point and you just hope that someone will appreciate what you have done,” he said.
Boyd is currently attending Maysville Community and Technical College and majoring in Culinary Arts. He plans to become a chef.
Boyd would like to thank the buyers of his Grand Champion pig, saying, “With your support the youth of tomorrow can prosper in agriculture.”
Logan is the son of Charlie & Paula Boyd of Maysville. His FFA advisor is Andrew Sorrell.