While most pigs in the 82nd annual Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair on Wednesday had impeccable features, there were two amongst the pen found to be nearly perfect.
Todd Beyers, who raises show pigs at Beyers Farms, judged the market swine show and said it was a tough decision sorting through all the exhibitors.
“Half of you may go one way and the other might go the other way with which one you think is perfect,” he said. “But that’s what makes this industry go round.”
When it came down to it, Mikala Grady of Grandview 4-H won grand champion, while Lindsey Jones of Friendship 4-H won reserve champion.
“It was extremely close between the pair,” Beyers said. “The differences I see in them is the Hampshire is a little stouter in terms of her bow and in terms of her rear legs.”
Grady’s pig, Beyers said, trotted smoothly around the pen.
“The way she gets and goes is extremely well in terms of her size,” he said. “She comes at you through the weight in her chest and is fresh up top.”
Grady also won grand champion in market swine in 2017.
In regards to Jones’ pig, Beyers said he was just as impressed.
“I like that one an awful lot,” he said. “This one was so unique in terms of his looks. I think he is incredible.”
Showmanship winners included Hayven Newcomb of Grandview FFA, who won champion senior showmanship, with Haliegh Rumsey of Joshua FFAwinning reserve champion senior showmanship.
Trenton Doty of Grandview FFA won champion intermediate showmanship, with Mia Meehan of Grandview FFA winning reserve champion intermediate showmanship.
Rylan Mohon of Friendship 4-H won champion junior showmanship, with Tyler Feaster of Joshua FFA winning reserve champion junior showmanship.
Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.
Exhibitors retain possession of their entries after the sale so they can campaign in other shows across Texas over the next few months.
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