Pressure : 29.90 in
Dewpoint : 61.0 °
Wind : South
Swine Barn filling up for the State Fair Swine Show
It sat empty all week, but today the swine barn is very busy. Pigs are filling up those pens in preparation for the swine show.
For 14 year old Cheyenne Gerlech, showing swine is second nature.
"It's pretty much like walking to me because i was showing before I could walk," said Cheyenne Gerlech, 4H and FFA Member.
She was showing pigs at 7 months with the help of her older brother. For many of the kids out here, this is a welcome lesson in responsibility.
"They're easy to train and fun to work with," said Lyndsey Figgner, 4H Member.
"Gives me a sense of responsibility. Keeps me going, gives me somethings to do a lot," said Dylan Boggs, 4H Member.
"You have to think about the animals before you think about yourself," said Gerlech.
Between washing them, feeding them and getting them water, there's a lot to take care of. The most important thing with the heat is keeping them watered.
"If he gets stressed and it's hot out he's probably gonna die from heat stroke," said Boggs.
Something that's all too common for these kids.
"I lost a few this year during the heat," said Figgner.
"Like five seconds ago a pig stressed out and died," said Gerlech
It can be hard to let go and easy to become attached after spending so much time with the pigs.
"Yeah, I kinda treat them as my pets, they get marshmallows every now and then. they just get babied a lot," said Boggs.
For Gerlech this experience is shaping her future. With college only four years away she's already preparing to work with animals.
"I know I want to be with animals. I'm comfortable with animals and I think animals are comfortable with me," said Gerlech
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