Community Rallies to Support 4-H Family, Buys Pig for $102,000


By Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork 

August 1, 2022


The crowd roared, tears rolled and the auctioneer was at a loss for words as 10-year-old Hudson Duttlinger’s 300-pound Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Gilt sold for $102,000 – $340 a pound at the Porter County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on July 28 in Valparaiso, Ind.


“That moment was amazing and bittersweet,” says Eric Duttlinger, Hudson’s father.


He heard rumblings their community was coming together to do something to honor his wife, Ashlee, who was fighting a courageous battle against colon cancer. She was diagnosed several years ago. Her cancer went into remission, but it came back with a vengeance. 


“It’s been an up and down battle for years, but never once has Ashlee had a bad attitude about anything in life,” wrote close family friend Jonathan Kraft on the GoFundMe page he and his wife, Anna, started to create the Duttlinger Family Scholarship Fund. “Unfortunately, her fight has become too much, and they have brought in hospice to make her more comfortable.”


The Krafts serve as the co-chairs of the Porter County 4-H Celebration Sale. They used their organizing skills honed by decades of professional and personal experience to put together a bidding “war” for the 2022 auction. By the time sale was over, 116 donations had been made, and were treated as a collective buyer for the auction.


A Speechless Moment ...


Immeasurable Impact ...