This week is the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond,OR. Our reason for attending was to support our grandson, Colt and his Swine entry in the 4-H competition with his pig Ginger. This was a first experience for us and quite an education in the judging of swine. Colt has put a lot of time and attention into getting Ginger ready for the competition and did a great job in showing her.
He did not get Champion Market Hog this year, but he did place second in his class for market so he went onto the Championship Round. He also did well in the Showmanship Category, placing 3rd in his class which also took him into the Championship Round. He also did some extra showmanship with another members hog and placed in 1st and 2nd for these categories. Ginger weighed in at 263 pounds. For the auction Colt got $8.50/lb from a local business owner (SunWest Plumbing). Not a bad pay day for an 11 year old. He does have to pay himself back for the expenses but even with that, he will still have a lot to put towards the future.
|Colt & Proud Dad|
|Colt and Proud Mom|
When judging swine, you judge them from the ground up, then rear to the front,look for muscle, volume and structural correctness. The perfectly structured pig should look like a coke bottle.
|Best of Market Competition|
|Dad Looking On|
The showmanship competition involves how well you handle your pig, cleanliness and how you impress the judge with your skills and interaction with your entry. How well you drive your pig around the ring keeping it from hugging the fence is another important aspect. Eye contact with the judge is very important.
I feel all the entrants did a very good job and I know how difficult it was for the judge to choose the winner.
I also learned that all swine sold at auction, must go to market. I have a problem with this in that if I were to buy one, I would rather it go to pasture, but rules are rules.
|Ready for Auction|
Colt, you did a great job and we are proud of you!
|Proud Nana & Papa|