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Jackson Hole, WY News

Livestock earn big bids, bringing their 4-H handlers to tears

Show and auction give kids opportunity to win ribbons and earn money.

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4H Pig Show

Hose water glistened in the early morning sun as little ones in boots and bolo ties sprayed down the swine they’ve been raising for months. Dawn broke, and so did wind, as the kids prepped plump pigs for the 4-H Swine Show.

“They do that a lot,” Justin Castagno, 16, said about his pigs Gunter and Rosita, who passed gas as he fed them marshmallows. “They’re addicted to marshmallows.”

4H Pig Show

Justin Castagno guides Gunter the pig as judges keep a watchful eye on all the participants. 4H runs in the family for Justin Castagno. It’s Castagno’s ninth year in 4H, but his family has been participating for the last two decades.

4H Pig Show

4-H runs in the family for Justin Castagno. It’s Castagno’s ninth year in 4-H, but his family has been participating for the last two decades. Castagno shows his 230-pound Hamp Cross named Gunter on July 28 at the pig showcase.

Livestock Auction

Skylar Hare shows off her Longhorn “Spade,” trying to catch the eye of a buyer. Spade went to the highest bidder for $10/lb. Heritage Arena filled with animals and the auction tent filled with bidders as 4-H members showed their livestock.

Livestock Auction

Wyatt Loudenslager, seen here with his 1,341-pound baby, Cocoa, is in his second year in 4-H. He has been raising Cocoa since October. This was another record-breaking year for the livestock auction, which garnered $859,223 from 97 sale lots, a 3% jump from last year.

4H Pig Show

Gunter the pig walks his way around Heritage Arena Thursday morning guided by Justin Castagno. It was Castagno’s ninth year participating in 4-H.

Livestock Auction

Karen the lamb nibbles on Preston Sandretto’s first-place ribbon. About 55% of the lots sold at the auction will go to community food providers like the Jackson Cupboard and the Senior Center of Jackson Hole.