4H members prep hogs for Waterford Community Fair sale
WATERFORD — Pickup trucks and trailers were lined up Thursday evening at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds to offload hogs for the annual weigh-in.
Some 183 hogs were entered this year by 4-Hers for the fair, which is in its 61st year.
“The numbers are down about 10 percent,” said Chris Campbell, hog chairman. “Those are still pretty decent numbers.”
Thursday night, hogs were weighed and checked in to get ready for the show, which begins at 8 a.m. today.
Campbell said the show will start with the senior, intermediate and junior showmanship classes, before going into the market class judging. After the judging is complete, they will pick the grand and reserve champions.
“There is one drive around the ring and (the 4-Her does) as the judge instructs,” Campbell said of the showmanship classes. For those who can’t attend the show, it will be live streamed on the Waterford Community Fair’s Facebook page.
The market class hogs are 220 to 280 pounds, he added. They are judged on their uniformity, the width of their loin and the depth of ham.
The sale will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Weather permitting, it will be on the track,” Campbell said. “If it rains, it will be in the barn. We’ll have to rope off an area for the buyers only.”
He said no livestock will be out of the pens for the sales.
This is the sixth year showing both hogs and market goats for Lanee Heiss, 14, of Waterford.
“Since I was little I loved animals,” she said. “I wanted to get into 4-H and my parents let me show hogs and market goats.”
She explained she can only show one hog, but she is allowed to show two goats.
“Market hogs are simple and easy to show,” she added. “They are very different from other animals.”
The ease of training hogs is also why Briceson Cline, 12, of Waterford, chose to show them. He’s been in 4-H for five years and has always shown hogs.
“I just started taking steers this year, but I’m not taking Barlow cows this year,” he explained. “I started out taking Barlow cows.”
Cline isn’t the only one in his family to show and handle animals.
“My mom grew up milking cows,” he said. “All my siblings (were in 4-H). I didn’t have anything else to do.”
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