|Posted by Afton Blight on July 21, 2013 at 10:05 PM|
There are three weeks until the Calhoun County Fair begins. Each pig must weigh between 220-280 pounds to be shown and sold at the fair and when the Weitzels weighed them last week, most of the pigs tipped the scale around 250 pounds. As a result, the pigs are now on a restricted diet. It is difficult to predict how the pigs will handle the summer heat and daily exercise sessions but this group of pigs has not decreased their feed consumption and have kept gaining weight.
Kelsie and Kaleb are starting to look for the best pair of pigs for each of them to take to the fair. Ideally a great pair of pigs are the same color, weight, and body length/size but it is acceptable to compromise on the color aspect. If the pair of pigs vary in the other two characteristics too much they will not place well as a "pen" but the 4-H'er still has a chance of achieveing a high placing with their individual pig and in the showmanship class.
In the photos, Kaleb and Kelsie are walking their pigs as they do everyday, twice a day. After each walk the pigs enjoy a quick spray down from the garden hose before returning to their pens to relax.