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Practice makes perfect for Coby Schunka in 2014 Victoria Livestock Show lamb contest

By Bianca Montes
Feb. 22, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Coby Schunka practices the proper way to show a lamb for the judges in preparation for the 2014 Victoria Livestock Show. Coby works with the lambs for half an hour in the evening after he comes home from school. He is part of the  West High School FFA.

The first year Coby Schunka showed a lamb at the Victoria Livestock Show, he said he didn't really know what he was doing.

He purchased a lamb from a nearby farm with the help of his older brother and used spare materials around his country home to fence in an area of the yard.

He didn't place that year.

Now, five years later, his two lambs - and a goat for company - are fenced in behind a large, rounded area, which includes a feeding area that's also a covered area for when the weather gets cold.

The area, he said, is built in a circle because that is how they will show at the 2014 Victoria Livestock Show. Working with them and preparing them for the show is his favorite part, he said.

To get the lambs ready, he stretches them and teaches them to flex their hind muscles - which isn't easy.

"They get annoying pretty quick," Coby, 16, said. "You have to learn with the animal, and they have to learn with you."

The hardest part, he said, is when they don't cooperate.

As the show nears, he spends more time with the lambs, though - about an hour every day.

In the past few years, the West High School FFA member has placed second in his class, and one of his lambs was reserve grand champion two years ago.

He has high hopes of doing well this year.

He is also showing in the carcass lamb division.

"I'm kind of country," Coby said, explaining why he wanted to raise lambs. "Animals are my thing."



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