A long-standing supporter of the Missouri youth show pig circuit has been chosen as the recipient of the annual Missouri Pork Association Chairman’s Award. JR Reid was presented the award this week during the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo.
Reid has been involved in the pork industry all his life, growing up with a grandfather and father who raised pigs. He bought his first Poland China gilt in 1962. Now, Reid is nationally known for his Poland China, Spot and Chester show pigs, and have received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the Poland China Swine Association.
“JR’s leadership and enthusiasm has helped Missouri’s show pig industry grow,” says Francis Forst, MPA chairman. “We know our future lies in our youth, and JR’s influence helps make that future brighter.”
Since 2002, Reid has been the superintendent of the Swine Pavilion at the Missouri State Fair, and it has flourished under his leadership. His priority has always been the kids, and that dedication is evident in the decisions he’s made and support he’s given. The Pavilion has went through two rounds of upgrades in the last few years, and his support helped raise funds for those improvements.
Reid was instrumental in the founding of MPA’s Youth Show Pig Circuit, which has awarded over $154,000 to youth swine exhibitors in the Circuit on the Best of Breeds Row at the Missouri State Fair.
Each year, the MPA Chairman presents the award to a key individual for their support of the pork industry, the Association and its members.
The 2019 Missouri Pork Expo was held Feb. 12-13 in Columbia. Pork producers from across the state enjoyed a trade show, producer education sessions and guest speakers.