Uvalde High School senior Andrew Maldonado starts his day by taking care of five pigs, which he says may seem quite extreme for people who have not participated in a stock show.
“Feeding five hungry pigs can often be loud, depending if I can catch them in a deep sleep or if they are wide awake,” Maldonado said, adding that he makes sure to put on enough clothes in case he gets dirty.
It’s rinse and repeat after that, with dinner feedings and cleanings taking place after school.
This is Maldonado’s 10th year to participate in the Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show. He’s been participating since he was in the third grade, when he showed a lamb. He has shown swine ever since.
“At first, learning how to take care of and showing a pig was rough at times,” he said. “But with the help of family members along the way it helped me become a mentor to my younger family members who got to show in the stock show as well.”
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