The annual Medina County Jr. Livestock Show in Hondo took place Jan. 25 – 29 where Devine students did exceptionally well in. Every single member on the Devine FFA chapter took home a ribbon. The early mornings, late nights, and all of the time spent with their animals and on their projects preparing for this moment has truly paid off.
“Given the current situation with COVID, I am beyond proud of all our FFA kids. They have put in so much work not knowing if they would even be able to show,” Agriculture Science Teacher/ FFA Advisor Mrs. Adrianna Segura said. “They did amazing and I cannot wait to see how they do at Majors.”
Doing exceptionally well, junior Audrey Longoria was awarded Reserve Grand Champion Duroc, Reserve Grand Champion Cross Gilt, 4th Place Market Swine, and 5th Place Market Swine at this year’s show.
“I had to go feed every morning at 6 a.m., at lunch I would have to feed and prepare my animal, then right after school I would go walk for at least an hour and a half. I would also spend at least thirty minutes brushing them. On weekends I would spend my free time at the pins cleaning their pins, bathing them, and doing the basics to prepare them for show,” junior Audrey Longoria said. “When it all came down for show time all of that hard work and countless hours paid off, I was very excited to win.”
For the Ag Mechanic show, juniors Kannon Ramirez and Brady Hackabeil were awarded Reserve Grand Champion with their portable cattle panels project.
“It took about two and a half weeks to finish the pan- els. We faced a few challenges but the biggest one was trying to get the gate not to sag. It took us many trial and errors to figure it out, but we got it done,” junior Kannon Ramirez said. “It felt great to have all of our hard work pay off in the end.”