Livestock arrives at Routt County Fair
August 14, 2012
Hayden — Routt County 4-H members were bringing more than their livestock to the Routt County Fair on Tuesday.
Twelve-year-old Kendall Hood, of Steamboat Springs, is in his third year of raising pigs and brought with him a pig named Oreo as well as some valuable experience.
"I think that she'll place really well in market because of how well-built she is," Kendall said.
It was a different story last year, when his pig was weighed in at a porky 305 pounds, significantly higher than the recommended maximum weight of 275 pounds. Kendall said the problem was that his swine had a habit of pigging out and would shove the other pigs out of the way during mealtimes.
"I knew that I overfed him," Kendall said.
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The pig ended up doing surprisingly well and placed fourth in showmanship and sixth in market competition.
"I don't know how it placed in market because my pig was real round," Kendall said.
Fortunately, there was a buyer at last year's fair who preferred pigs weighing more than 300 pounds, and Kendall was able to sell his pig for $1,650.
Despite the good outcome at last year's fair with his portly pig, this year Kendall wanted his pig to show better, so he has been keeping a better eye on Oreo's waistline. He got Oreo in March and has been allowing her plenty of exercise and a strictly portioned diet. Kendall proudly pointed out Oreo's flat stomach and a crease in her back that signals a well-built pig.
"We've worked with them a lot," Kendall said.
Going into her fifth year of showing pigs, 13-year-old Jessika Hockett, of Hayden, brought two pigs this year named Happy and Go Lucky. To prepare them for Wednesday's shows, she cleaned them and was using a pair of trimmers to take off their hair.
"Pigs really aren't hard," Jessika said. "You just have to clean up after them, basically."
Sawyer Lorenz, 18, of Steamboat, also is showing two pigs in his fifth year of raising pigs. He also dealt with overweight pigs at last year's fair but thinks it's possible he might have a champion.
"Maybe," Lorenz said. "It's pretty difficult."
The swine showmanship competition begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday and is immediately followed by the Market Swine Show.
On Thursday, rabbit, poultry, goats, sheep and lamb will be shown. The shows are followed by the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the day Thursday, entries in the home arts competition will be judged. Entries need to be checked in from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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