Archer County Junior Livestock Show Underway

Months of work and training are coming to a head this weekend in Archer County.  4H members and Future Farmers of America are hoping they have the 'best in show' at the Archer County Junior Livestock Show.

It's a weekend of weighing, judging, and viewing.  The Archer County Activity Building is filled with pigs, goats, chickens, and other animals.  Show Board President Dan York says the show is the first, and one of the biggest shows of the year for youth in the area.

"It's almost a full-time job for the kids.  I mean, you have to tend to your animals two times a day, feed, water, and then we groom them to keep them looking their best for the shows," he said.

For Abbe Strickland, an FFA member, this is the fifth year as a participant in the livestock show -- her second time showing a pig.

"I had to groom it, take care of it, and walk it," she said.

She says the three months she's been raising the pig have taught her a lot about responsibility.  She loves "getting out there and doing the best I can."

The youth showcase certain aspects of their animals for the judges.

"The animal has to be built correctly, walk correctly.  That's the main thing you're lookin' for in a show like this," York said.

Roy Valentine raised four rabbits.  He says it's pretty easy to handle after you train them.

"I usually get 'em out, play with 'em.  I've cleaned 'em up every once in a while," he said.

But he's mostly looking forward to selling his animals in tomorrow night's auction.  He made $100 off of his animals last year.  York says every kid gets a chance to auction off their animals so that they can realize the rewards of raising livestock.

"The pigs is my favorite part, but just the kids, watchin' them, that's the fun part," he said.

The livestock show continues tonight and tomorrow, ending with the auction on Saturday night.  For a complete agenda of all the scheduled events at the livestock show, click here.

Spencer Blake, Newschannel 6