Hog Heaven for Avery’s Taylor Williams

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By Allyson Pebsworth
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An Avery High School student is in hog heaven after her recent award for showing swine; Taylor Williams was recently awarded with the Intermediate Swine Showmanship Champion at the Belt Buckle Bonanza last month.
When it comes to Swine Showmanship, it is classified as the overall care, training and appearance of 4-H and FFA members and their project animals, as well as the members’ performance in and outside the show ring. Showmanship in the ring is characterized by the appearance of the person showing and his or her animal along with the manner in which they present the animal to the judge.
There are two phases in swine showmanship: preparation of the animal and showing behavior. A highly judged exhibitor is able to keep their animal under control at all times, which can be difficult because unlike other animals, pigs are not held or restrained during showing.
This recognition is one of many that Taylor has won so far in her time showing pigs, which she has been doing since she was in Kindergarten. She started traveling to Houston and Dallas for the Major Stock Shows when she was in the fourth grade Now an incoming freshman at AHS, Taylor has a total of nine pigs that she cares for and alternates in taking to shows.
Taylor believes getting involved with the FFA show teams and working with the Texas Junior Livestock Association has helped her get, “Out of my shell, I was really shy and now I can talk to people a lot more. I really love the animals.”
Showing swine is no easy task, especially when Taylor is involved in a variety of other extracurricular activities including basketball, volleyball, and BETA Club. Walking the pigs at least once per day and feeding them twice a day, Taylor is committed to finding time in her active life schedule to ensure her pigs are ready for shows.
Taylor’s mother, Christy Williams, expressed her feelings on her daughter’s success, “John (Taylor’s father) and I feel very blessed that Taylor has had so many wonderful opportunities presented to her through FFA and her participation on the show team. We know that the many life lessons she learns through showing livestock will help nurture and grow the amazing young woman she is becoming.”
Taylor’s future in the FFA show team continues to grow brighter every year as her hard work and dedication to her animals shines through.

 

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