Swine prospect show helps children prepare for stock show season


Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:31 a.m.

As stock show season inches nearer in the Crossroads, one upcoming event aims to help kids succeed.

The Cuero Masonic Lodge will host its annual swine prospect show Jan. 11 at the Friar Ag Building inside Cuero's city park.

The event offers participants a chance to gain experience in the ring and to learn ways to improve on their animals before show season arrives, said J.C. Hull, an event organizer.

"Judges can tell them if the animals need to gain or lose weight," he said. "It's good information."

Meanwhile, it also allows the animals a chance to become more comfortable with the show atmosphere and to being around big crowds, Hull explained.

The show is open to those enrolled in school below the college level, according to a Masonic lodge news release. It will operate under a five-breed format, and breeds include Duroc, Hamp, York, crosses and OPB.

An optional showmanship competition also takes place during the show.

Weigh-in is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hull said, and showmanship judging begins at 1 p.m.

Swine judging follows immediately after.

Prizes go to grand, reserve and first- through fifth-place winners for each breed class, according to the release, while showmanship winners will receive cash prizes.

Entry fees are $20 per head for swine judging, according to the release, and $5 per person in showmanship.

Hull encouraged people to come to weigh-in equipped with a list including the participant's name and breed of hogs being shown to assist with the registration process.

"We've never been so rushed that we can't handle registration," he said, "but it helps."

For more information, call organizer Albert Jahnsen at 361-275-2240.



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