Oklahoma teenager sells award-winning pig for $17,500 – WSB-TV Channel 2

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TIPTON, Okla. – Caroline Gaye’s hard work paid off, but her award-winning appearance at the recent Oklahoma Youth Expo Purebred Gilt Show 2022 means she’ll have to part ways with her beloved Penny.

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Gaye, a 16-year-old resident of Tipton Children’s Home, led Penny the Duroc to a third place overall at the show’s Duroc Show, earning her 46th place in the sale where the top 2% of gilts most exhibited are sold. to hog farmers nationwide, Farm Journal’s “PORK” magazine reported.

Gilts are female pigs that have not yet had piglets, and they are judged on their looks, muscles and herding qualities, KOKI reported.

“Gaye was drawn to the pigsty. She used her own money to purchase a breeding pig for $500 in 2021, and she worked all year preparing her animal to be shown last week at Oklahoma Youth Expo 2022,” said JD Rosman, Vice – president of the communications of the exposure to the television channel. , noting that the show is the “largest junior livestock show in the world, involving more than 7,500 4-H and FFA members and more than 13,000 head of cattle, sheep, hogs, goats and farm machinery projects “.

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According to PORK, the Tipton Children’s Home not only provides residents with the opportunity to have a safe and secure home, but encourages participation in its animal program, which typically starts children with chickens before more engaged participants move on to pig care and dairy products. heifers.

“I mean, you’re up two or three times a day feeding the animals, watering them, walking and all the responsibilities that come with it. It’s just a natural tool for raising children,” Tipton agriculture professor Tim White told the magazine through Future Farmers of America.

Meanwhile, a pig farmer bought Penny from Gaye after the contest for $17,500, which she plans to invest in her education to become a registered nurse, KOKI reported.

“I just hope she goes to a good place and can breed and have little Pennies like her,” Gaye told PORK.

Read KOKI’s full report to see more photos of Gaye and Penny.

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