Cuero swine prospect show is Saturday
Jan. 8, 2013 at midnight
Updated Jan. 7, 2013 at 7:08 p.m.
As Crossroads-area piggies prepare to go to market, one organization plans to make sure they're at their best.
Cuero's Masonic Lodge will host its annual swine prospect show Saturday at the Friar Ag Building, inside the Cuero city park.
The event is much like any other show but judges offer advice to participants regarding animals' weight, composition and more, said J.C. Hull, one of the organizers. He said the goal is to prepare participants and their animals for the upcoming livestock show season.
"At show time, it's too late," he said. "We want to help get them ready."
The show is open to barrows and gilts only, and follows a five-breed format. Breeds include Duroc, Hamp, York, crosses and OPB.
An optional showmanship competition will also take place, Hull said, giving participants the chance to test out their skills before show season.
"It's good information if you've never done it before," he explained. "You've got to learn to move the animal and keep it moving, but you can't take your eye off the judge."
Prizes go to grand and reserve champions, first through third places in each breed class and to the show's overall grand and reserve champions.
The event is open to those enrolled in school below the college level.
Entry fees are $20 per head in swine judging, and $5 per person in showmanship, according to the flyer.
Weigh-in is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and showmanship judging begins at 1 p.m. Swine judging follows immediately after.