MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 23, 2014

FG livestock show builds kids’ skills

By E.I. Hillin
Phoenix Staff Writer

— FORT GIBSON — Cameron Mosteller said he dedicated many hours to preparing his show pigs for livestock shows.

“I walk them, brush them every day,” said Mosteller, a Fort Gibson junior. “I clean their pens. It’s 7 in the morning, and 7 every night.”

Fort Gibson agriculture students competed in the 65th annual Fort Gibson Livestock Show on Saturday.

“It’s been really competitive,” said livestock Judge Justin Stacy of Oktaha.

Sheep, goats, pigs, and cattle converged at the livestock show to prove to the judge they had the winning look and build.

“This is the first step in preparing,” said Fort Gibson ag teacher Bryan Craig. “We can look at all our animals, so we can change things to make it better. The kids get experience and the animals get the experience.”

All of the students were able to participate and be rewarded for their hard work. Many students had multiple show animals.

This is Mosteller’s fourth year of showing animals.

“I plan on getting five show hogs next year,” he said.

Mosteller’s father, Darrell Adair, said the local show gives all the Fort Gibson students a chance to compete.

“The kids who are new to showing, it’s really good for them,” Adair said. “Every kid that shows will get some money.”

Morgan Craig, a Fort Gibson senior, stole the show with her goats. Craig won Grand Champion, Grand Champion Reserve and the Senior Showmanship awards.

“Its my last year. It’s a good way to end it,” Craig said.

Craig is the daughter of Fort Gibson Ag teacher, Bryan Craig.

Morgan said she had been around livestock all her life, and plans on becoming a livestock judge.

“I’ve been showing since I was 9. It’s hard to stay away from it,” she said.

Mesa Gann, a Fort Gibson seventh-grader, was eager to show her pigs.

Christy Gann, Mesa’s mother, said that her daughter really enjoyed participating in the livestock shows.

“She loves doing this,” said Christy Gann. “She has two pigs. She has been showing for three years. She wants to be a veterinarian.”

The next show for Fort Gibson students will be Feb. 26 through March 1 at the Muskogee County Spring Livestock Show. The Regional Livestock show will also be in Muskogee, and the State Livestock show will be in Oklahoma City.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.