The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo named the 2021 Junior Market Barrow champions Wednesday, March 17.
JUNIOR MARKET BARROW GRAND CHAMPION
The Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Lainee Cook, 15, of Lynn County 4-H. She attributed her win to a lot of hard work amid an adverse show season.
“My pig was actually supposed to show at San Antonio, but he stopped eating at that time, so we brought him here,” Cook said. “We did everything that we could think of to get him prepared for show.”
After high school, Cook said she plans on going to college to pursue a career in the agricultural industry.
JUNIOR MARKET BARROW RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION
The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow was exhibited by Emily Muehlstein, 15, of Jones County 4-H.
Muehlstein said she believes that her career in the show ring has taught her valuable lessons that she is able to apply to her life.
“I’ve learned responsibility and sportsmanship through showing,” Muehlstein said. “I think anyone who shows can learn that, too.”
After high school, Muehlstein said she hopes to attend Texas A&M University or Tarleton State University and pursue a career as a speech pathologist or a teacher.
The 2021 Junior Market Barrow Show was judged by Seth Swanson of Newark, Illinois, and Justin Rodibaugh of Rensselaer, Indiana.
The barrows will sell in a private auction held May 21, 2021.
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