From exhibiting in the Midwest to sorting market hogs at the 2019 National Western Stock Show, Brian Arnold has come a long way from his Indiana roots.
Arnold grew up showing swine through 4H and judged livestock during his high school years.
He went on the judge livestock at Black Hawk East and Purdue University. After graduation, he returned to Black Hawk East as an instructor and judging coach. More recently, he has worked for the National Swine Registry and is currently the Pork Feed Specialist at Zoetis.
At Black Hawk East, he met his wife Molly and they were married in 2007. Brian and Molly have two kids, Reece, 7, and Dawson, 3.
“Brian has a passion for the industry and loves to judge,” Molly said.
Following his opportunity to judge at the National Western, Arnold will have sorted hogs at every major livestock show.
“Judging is a team sport,” Molly said. “We stick together as a family.”
During the selection of the Champion Market Swine, Arnold encouraged exhibitors to enjoy their youth and foster good relationships.
"The friends you make through the livestock industry will be the ones who get you through adversity," Arnold said.
Arnold closed his grand drive speech with this impactful statement.
"Bottom line is, ladies and gentlemen, we need your help. You young people are going to be the ones to take on those challenges. Your experiences you have had showing livestock will prepare you for those challenges."