MOUNT VERNON — Members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America met Monday evening to show their hogs after months of hard work at the swine show at the Knox County Fair.
Showing a hog at the fair takes some training for both the hog and the showman in order to get the hog show ready.
Brock Stute, who is apart of the Green Valley Giants 4-H club in Mount Vernon, said that he started walking his hog twice a day in June to get her show-ready.
“They’re pretty smart,” he said about his hog. “I started (training) her pretty early.”
Stute showed in the heavyweight division of the show and said he plans on doing it again next year.
While Stute started in June, Sierra Rine only starting training her hog two weeks ago. Rine is apart of the Redbrush 4-H club in Fredericktown and showed lightweight division.
“He didn’t like it very much,” Rine said about training her hog. She taught him how to follow the stick and walk around in order to perform in the show.
John Sheasby said that it’s pretty fun training your hog. Sheasby is a part of Centerburg’s Future Farmers of America and showed in the heavyweight division.
“You get to walk them every day, you get to feed them,” Sheasby said. He said that it helps build responsibility for yourself and your future.
“Obviously you will have responsibilities and having a hog is a big responsibility,” he said. “They’re intelligent animals, you have to train them hard just like any other animal.”
The show opened up with the Bred, Born, and Raised Division in which the participants have been raising their hogs since birth.
The judging focused on the form of the animal and how the hog held themselves.