Junior Livestock Show: Swine show successes

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Mar 6, 2014 - 9:07:14 AM

FAMILY AFFAIRThere was a whole lot of squealing going on at the Stephens County Fairgrounds in Duncan Tuesday.
Students showing off prized swine kicked off the Stephens County Jr. Livestock Show with gilts and barrows taking the show ring.
Marlow and Central High students tallied seven breed champions or reserve champions, in eight different categories.
Marlow FFA’s Kylie Sellers won reserve grand champion after placing second in the cross breed category. Outshining seven other breeds, Sellers’ hog finished second in both showings behind Jessee Ferrell of Comanche.
The Marlow High School senior admitted she was surprised she won reserve grand champion.
“I didn’t think I was going to do as well as I did,” Sellers said.
Sellers has been working with the hogs for the five months leading up to the event. It is her fifth year showing and this year has been her best.
“It just goes to show, hard work does pay off,” Sellers said. THAT'S SOME PIG
Marlow FFA advisor, Derek Mitchell is proud of her accomplishment.
“She did awesome,” Mitchell said. “Kylie has always been really calm. She figures out what the judge is looking for, and she is real driven and focused. This is very deserving.”
Kylie’s sister MaKenzie Sellers made it a family affair as her entry won the Chester White category. They were the only two gilt winners from Marlow.
Central High claimed five breed champions or reserve champions. Deekota Williams (Duroc), Maverick Williams (Hampshire), and Brooke Cox (Yorkshire) all took top honors. Reserve champions were Madison Perry (Chester White), and Wyatt Farmer (Duroc).
It was an exciting day particularly for Deekota Williams. The senior has been showing Durocs since he was 10 years old, winning either breed champion or reserve champion every year.
“I’ve raised Durocs my whole life, and to be able to win champion my last year is really special,” Williams said.
Central High FFA sponsor Ron Curry is not surprised by the accomplishment.
“His entire family has been involved,” Curry said. “He has great parents, and comes from a tradition of showing. He is serious and mature for his age, and he has a drive to succeed. If he’s not winning, he realizes there will be another day to compete. That is something we try to instill at Central High. We want to be competitive, but even if we don’t win, you can learn a lot from the failures.”