FFA show day: pigs

Freshman Tatum Vela and Junior Caroline O'Driscoll talk about showing their pigs at the Fort Bend County Fair.

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FFA show day: pigs

Kenedy May, Staff Member

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CAROLINE  O‘DRISCOLL

How many animals have you shown and what kind?

I’ve shown four pigs and one pen of broilers.

What is the best you’ve done at a show?

My first year showing a pig at Fort Bend County. I got second place in my class and made premium auction.

What is the schedule for show day like?

Before show day you have to check your pig in at like 4:30 in the morning. Then show day is very stressful. You have to be with your animal all day and then you have to get ready, like do your makeup, put on your show clothes, and get your animal ready. So, yeah, it’s a lot of stress.

Why did you continue to show animals after your first time?

Because it was a good learning experience and it was just really fun and I learned a lot of things.

What was your pig’s name this time?

Her name was Rosie. She’s probably my favorite pig so far.

How did you do this time?

I didn’t do as well as I wanted to.

Have you only shown at the Fort Bend County Fair?

Yes, well I’ve shown once at the Houston Livestock Show. I showed my pig there my freshman year. I’d do it again, but definitely not this year. Maybe next year.

TATUM VELA:

How did you feel before your first time showing and how do you feel now?

I was nervous because I didn’t know how it would go, but now that I’ve shown I’m really glad that I did it because I learned through the experience.

What animal did you show?

I showed a pig named Bruno.

How did you do for your first time?

I think I did pretty good. I got seventh out of ten so I think I did pretty good for my first time showing.

Do you have a special bond with your animal?

I think we do have a special bond.

What convinced you to raise an animal this year?

My friend Kaylee introduced me to FFA and she raised a pig last year so she told me about it and I was really interested.

What did you have to do to raise your pig?

Every morning and every night we fed him, so we gave him food and you also have to wash him and prepare him to show.

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