Stock Show

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Kathy Shockey

Caleb Stovall pictured after winning Grand Champion.

Eveline Rivero and Gisselle Hernandez

Stock show is an event where livestock are exhibited and judged on certain phenotypic breed traits as specified by their respective breed standard.

Rylee Mckay and Caleb Stovall are both juniors at Dumas High School, they both participated in The Moore County Livestock Show which occured on January 10, 2018.

“I’ve been showing for 9 years, I have sheep, goats and pigs. Showing livestock takes a lot of work and time,” Mckay said.

It has been a very long run for some, but they continue to push and keep showing.

“I’ve been showing since I was in 3rd grade, I show pigs and I used to show cattle. This year I had more success than any other year, I actually won the entire pig show,” Stovall said.

Showing livestock is for those who are determined and enjoy spending time with their animals.

“Before the shows we wash them and sheer them, they get certain amounts of food and other additives in their feed in order to get them ready for shows.” Mckay said.

Stock shows are not just about showing, it is about learning, and making new experiences.

“My favorite part is all of the life lessons that I have learned from all of the different adults,” Stovall said.

Success is gained and responsibility is built through working with and showing the animals.

“We travel all over the state to go to major stock shows. We have them all year long, getting them ready for those shows. It’s a lot of time and effort put into the projects, but in the end it’s all worth it; meeting new people and just the experience in general,” Mckay said.

Not only is it just a way for them to spend time, but it also brings them closer to those who they show alongside with.

“The love and support that I am surrounded with means everything to me,” Mckay said.

Livestock show means a lot to many people, in the aspect that some revolve all of their free time around it.

“I would not trade it for the world,” Mckay said.  

It also teaches lessons that can be carried throughout life.

“I think stock show teaches you to be responsible, because you have to make sure you feed your animals and make sure they have water, but it also teaches you respect for those around you. I believe you know the struggles that other people are going through and you are more likely to help them.” Stovall said.

Competing in stock shows also helps create great friendships.

“I also love meeting new people at shows, some of my greatest friends and most caring people I know I met them at stock shows,” Stovall said.

One also builds great bonds with their animals.

“Teaching your pigs takes persistence and patience because when you start walking them, more than likely they will just run and not let you touch them, but eventually you reach a level of mutual respect for one another and you begin to trust each other in a sense,” said Stovall.