McKinney FFA members from across the district loaded up their livestock recently and joined the annual migration of farm animals to the State Fair of Texas for the Junior Barrow and steer shows held October 3-7. It was the culmination of many hours spent in the company of less-than-aromatic animals, and the hard work paid off in both shows.
It may seem counter-intuitive to consider swine conformation in terms of ideals, but the fact is McKinney’s FFA students have raised some fine pigs. Finer than most, according to the results in the Junior Barrow show. In the middle weight crossbred class, Mara Vernier, a senior at McKinney High School, placed 6th out of a field of 50 with her barrow “Walter.” McKinney North sophomore Ashlee Daniels faced 35 other competitors in the heavy weight Durocs class and finished 2nd with “Bently” who was also named Texas Bred Class Heavy Weight Champion Duroc. Both Mara and Ashlee’s pigs qualified for the Auction of Champions that was held on Friday, October 7, an honor reserved for only the top 6% of the pigs on exhibition. Cole Carter, a freshman at McKinney High School placed respectably with his dark crossbred barrow “Charles.” Mara, Ashlee and Cole’s participation and success qualify them for scholarships awarded by the State Fair of Texas.
The results were just as impressive in the steer show as McKinney earned outstanding recognition from the judges. McKinney North senior Justin Crump won the market division with his light weight European Cross market steer and qualified for the Auction of Champions — limited to the top 56 steers at the fair. Trenton Whan, a Faubion Middle School student, showed his steer in the prospect division for young, light weight calves; the judges named it the Reserve Champion Hereford steer of the show. Because prospect cattle do not sell at the fair, Trenton’s calf will have more chances to win at other major market shows this year. Austin Crump, a freshman at McKinney North, also represented the district proudly at the State Fair. His steer will go on to other shows for a chance to qualify for a premium sale.
McKinney ISD is proud of the hard work and dedication of its FFA members and congratulates these students on their success at the State Fair of Texas.