|Posted by Afton Blight on August 21, 2013 at 9:40 PM|
The 2013 Calhoun County fair week has ended. All projects have been awarded ribbons and livestock have been judged. Two days before the pigs were due to arrive at the fair, one of Kaleb's choice pigs collided with a penmate while running around the yard during their exercise time. Pigs often get silly like this and it's funny to watch, but this time the gilt (female pig) injured her leg during this rambunctious act and could not be taken to the fair because she walked with a limp. As a result, Kaleb only showed one animal at this years fair.
To start off the week Kelsie and Kaleb's feed records were reviewed and given blue ribbons! They spent the next couple days ensuring their pigs where comfortable and happy. On Tuesday the first class to be judged was Homegrown. Only 4-H members who have a part in raising their pigs from breeding the sows (mother pigs) to the finished 4-H project are entered in this class which focuses on the structure and muscularity of the animal. Kelsie's pig did well in this class but did not receive a spot in the top three.
Directly following the Homegrown class is Showmanship which is a class where each youth demonstrates how they have worked and trained their pig by walking it back and forth in front of the judge. It really does sound simple when I write it down but in reality, it is no simple task. Kaleb was placed 6th in his intermediate showmanship class. Kelsie's pig did not co-operate and just stood in the corner and screamed which sounds a little funny, but is very frustrating for the club member who has worked hard walking and training the pigs for months only for it to desire it's pen over the show ring.
The Market Hog competition was held on Wednesday. During this class, each animal is judged according to their ease of mobility, muscularity, and leanness. Kaleb's pig did not place in this class but Kelsie received 1st place pen in her division which means the judge liked how her pigs looked in regards to their market qualities, and how they matched as a pair. All the pigs were sold on Friday at the large animal livestock auction. Both Kaleb and Kelsie were pleased with the overall outcome of this year's fair and although it is sad to sell their 4-H projects, they know that next year will be just as much fun!
This concludes the 2013 4-H Swine Club blogumentary. Thank you for following along and don't forget to visit the Calhoun County Fair next year to see the Weitzel's 4-H projects!