FFA members compete in stock shows for prizes


Estefani Zea, Reporter

Future Farmers of America participated in the annual Archer Live County Show on January 6 and 7.
“Students from Archer City, and other schools participated in showing their swine, sheep, goats, cattle, chickens and rabbits”, FFA sponsor Tanner Hash said. “These students have been raising their projects for a while and exhibited them at county. Many will take them to major stock shows as well.”
The “major shows” will include Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston, Hash said.
“The sale brought in the most money to the students that I have ever seen. The sale totaled $244,400 not including add ones for the students. With 206 kids entered, the average was $1,085 per kid,” Hash said.
Freshmen Zoey Bates presented a pig in the stock show.
“I worked on my showmanship and on my pig,” Bates said.
Bates was a breed and market champ. She also placed first in her class.
“I thought I did really well in the show,” Bates said. “I felt most confident in this show than I have ever felt in any other shows.”
Although ninth grader Valerie Rater did not get to show this year, due to Covid, she did have plans for the show this year.
“I was going to show a Hampshire pig,” Rater said. “I was going to feed it correctly and walk her.”
Rater said she wanted to try to “do better” in this years’ county show.
Kellar Crow also participated and placed second in his class.
“I presented a pig,” Crow said. “I did good but I felt like I could have done better.”