Jaxon Davies said that he's always looked up to his older siblings, and that's who got him started participating in 4-H showing pigs. This week's Ag Student of the Week is a fifth grade member of Shallowater 4-H.
"When we moved to Lubbock we started doing the process. My step brother, he showed pigs, and then we started getting into the habit, too," Jaxon said. "And I've been showing for three years now."
Jaxon's favorite pig this year he affectionately named Stone Cold because of all of his muscling. And that muscling helped earn him two prizes at the Lubbock County stock show.
"I've taken him to Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and we're going to go to Houston. I went to the Lubbock County stock show. I got second and fourth," Jaxon said.
Although showing pigs is the fun part, a lot of hours are spent in the barn preparing for the big day. And since Jaxon is home schooled, he makes an extra trip out to the barn at lunch time to get in some extra work with his animals.
"I have to clean their pens out, I have to walk them one by one about ten minutes, and then we wash them, we feed them every day, every morning, at lunch, and at night, too," Jaxon said.
Besides just showing livestock, Jaxon is interested in the archery and firearm activities offered through 4-H. He hopes to get his very own bow and arrow soon, and already really enjoys going hunting.
"I've heard you can do bow and arrows, guns, I like shooting guns," Jaxon said.
One of the biggest lessons that he's learned already, though, is that sharing is a big part of being in 4-H. When you're hours from home at a stock show, you always help your neighbors out.
"We went to San Antonio and we may have some feed our friends don't have, and they borrow it and we don't care, and we want to help them out," Jaxon said.
And they always return the favor. Older, more experienced 4-H members have lent Jaxon a hand, too helping him improve his showmanship skills.
"Like don't get behind the judge and don't get too close to the judge," Jaxon said.
Jaxon said that when he grows up, he wants to stay involved with agriculture.
"I want to go to Texas A&M and I want to get my degree for an ag teacher," Jaxon said.
Congratulations again to this week's Ag Student of the Week, Jaxon Davies. If you know of any hard working students that are involved in agriculture, please email nominations to AgDay@fox34.com .