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Teen taps pig to first-place win

August 05, 2003|by JENNIFER SMITS

Trenten Smith used a cane to tap his pig, Angelina, on the shoulder.

The cane taps helped guide Angelina around the show ring during Class 5 competition, for hogs weighing 240 to 244 pounds, of the Market Swine show at the Washington County Ag Expo.

After the competition, Trenten, 13, smiled and held a blue ribbon as friends and family congratulated him. Angelina had won first place in the class. Trenten said he spent about an hour Monday morning washing and brushing Angelina in preparation for the showing. He has been working with the pig since April to get her ready for the event.

Trenten is an Ag Expo veteran, who said he has shown dairy cows since he was 5 years old and has five cows at this year's Expo. This is the first year he has participated in the swine show.

Grandma takes boy to see farm animals

Three-and-a-half-year-old Carlan Gray bounded around the petting farm looking at the cows, goats, pigs and other farm animals at Ag Expo Monday.

Carlan's grandmother, Fran Gray, said she took him to the Ag Expo to see the animals and exhibits, although she was hoping there also would be pony rides.

Carlan seemed content with the petting farm, and said that the cows are his favorite animals at the Expo. Then he tentatively petted a nearby calf.

"Look at the goat, Carlan," Gray said as one of the goats stood on its hind legs and peered out of its pen. Carlan, however, had walked away and was busy looking at a truck parked nearby.

Preparing animals is shear madness

Charles Frey gripped his daughter's market lamb between his knees Monday as he tried to shear the uncooperative animal's head, while the sheep struggled and voiced its discontentment.

Frey said he was helping his children, Katie, 12, and Timothy, 11, get their animals ready for the show on Wednesday.

He said they have to "slick shear" the sheep so that the judge and buyers at the auction on Friday can see what the animal actually looks like. He said Katie and Timothy have been training the animals to walk with them in a halter and lead rope and will train them to walk alongside them without the halter and lead.

After Frey finished shearing Katie's lamb, Timothy brought Snowball, his market lamb, over to his father, who started the shearing process again.

Steer clear of mud and manure

Alfred the steer stood patiently as his owner, Amy Rhoderick, 13, scrubbed mud and manure out of his tail.

Amy was getting the 1-year-old steer ready for the dairy steer fitting and showing class and had just finished giving him a bath Monday.

"You have to make sure the white spots are really white," she said.

Amy, who shows dairy steers and heifers, said that she has to work all week to keep the animals clean. She has been working with Alfred to get him ready for the Ag Expo since the middle of June, she said.

She said she always thinks the auction at the end of the week is sad because she gets attached to her animals.

Alfred, though, will have another year until he is auctioned, because dairy steers are not auctioned until they are 2 years old, she said.

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