Vaz wins grand champ in swine with ‘Daisy Mae’

July 30, 2013 • Local News

“Daisy Mae” [auth] was a bit tuckered out by Tuesday afternoon but she was still full of personality as she chewed on her owner’s plastic shoe.

The Hampshire swine had, after all, performed four times in the judge’s circle as Brennan Vaz led her around before she was chosen as grand champion at this year’s Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair.

Vaz, 14, said he was ecstatic when the judge began walking his way.

“I saw him lift up that banner,” Vaz said. “I had a feeling he was walking my way. I felt that butterfly happiness inside. It was something good.”

Since first taking Daisy Mae home around April 1, Vaz said he’s noticed her particular sense of humor.

“She loved chewing on my Crocs,” Vaz said. “She’s kinda funny.”

He would have to dig his plastic shoes in her feed to lead her to eat, he said.

“She likes to be scratched behind her ears,” he said.

This was Vaz’s first year entering the swine competition. He will also enter a steer on Thursday. He will enter Roswell High School next year, where he plans to continue participating in FFA.

Abby Ashcraft, a student at Gateway Christian School, took home the prize for Reserve Grand Champion for her Cross swine.

“It was really great,” she said. “(The judge) seemed like he was walking to somebody else, then he turned and walked to me.”

Ashcraft’s father and brother, reserve champion cross Colton Ashcraft, helped her raise “Si.”

“My dad and my brother did a lot of the work, too,” she said. “He loved to run. He would stick by all the other pigs. He was kind of stubborn at the same time.”

Ashcraft will sell Si and put the money in her college fund, she said.

The participants in the swine competition needed to continuously own and care for the animals from June 1. Only water or non-oil based dressings were allowed.

The swines were to be washed off and free of mud and waste before they were weighed and classified. The minimum weight was 190 pounds and maximum was 270 pounds.

Travis Begley of Canyon, Texas, judged Tuesday’s market swine competition that began at 8 a.m.

Daisy Mae and Si are now headed to the Junior Livestock Auction to be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

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