Sara Wiechman of Littleton, Colorado, is exhibiting two Herefords named Hot Tamale and Red Hot at the 2019 National Western Stock Show.
Wiechman has been showing swine for six years and this is her second year at the National Western. She also has shown at her county fair and the Colorado State Fair. Wiechman chose to show swine because of family ties with her dad raising them, as well as the profitability that the species has.
“Unlike sheep and cattle where you can clip to change their appearance, you get what you get when showing (swine),” Wiechman said.
When choosing her new animals for show, Wiechman looks at their structure. She said she wants the animal to be able to hold a good amount of weight and be able to carry good muscle. She also said she wants a breed that she can be competitive with, this year that’s a bit different.
“It’s the first year they’ve had a class, and it’s something new,” Wiechman said.
This year, Wiechman will compete in showmanship and a market class. Showmanship is her favorite class to compete in because she gets to demonstrate her knowledge and showing skills. Wiechman said she is excited to spend time with her friends that also show market swine.
Wiechman's two Herefords have been with her since September and they have had a many new experiences together. Unlike summer shows, National Western poses some difficulties when training and preparing for the show.
Wiechman said her pigs were fine walking in deep snow when she was with him but would not move when she walked away. She also explained that you must keep them warm in the winter with additional bedding.
Through her 10-years showing, Wiechman has learned that it takes a lot of dedication to raise her animals and that every year poses new opportunity and learning experiences.
“Have confidence in yourself and do not be concerned with what other people think,” Wiechman said.
Guest Blogger: Brooklynn Salo, National Western Media Intern