Rogers place first in the Market Hog competition

Allison B. Hudson

More than 60 Market Hogs competed in the LSU AgCenter’s annual Ascension Parish Market Hog Division at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on January 15.  One of Donaldsonville’s own, Jamee Rogers won 1st place in her Class, Champion in the Division, and Grand Champion Overall-Market Hog.  The competition doesn’t end there; however, Jamee and her hog Otis will vie for awards at the District and State Livestock shows.  Both shows will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The District competition is February 3-5 and the State competition February 12 –19.

Jamee, a 4-H member for the past three years, has the role of caring for her hogs which includes providing them the proper nutrition to keep them healthy.  She has been preparing for this year’s competitions for the past six months. To prep her hogs for competition in the show ring, Jamee is responsible for training, grooming and feeding them. This care and attention for her hog’s demands hours of her time each and every day.

The 4-H competitions require more than just the responsibilities of working with the animals; it provides many learning experiences and life lessons along the way. Caring for these animals requires dedication, hard work, loyalty and responsibility. This wonderful journey also allows many opportunities to develop lifelong relationships with the people that you meet along the way.