Cassville 12-year-old takes 4 awards at fair
Chasteen earns Champion Landrace with boar
Cassville resident Hunter Chasteen was recently recognized at the Ozark Empire Fair for his Landrace pigs, taking a quartet of awards at the annual event.
His first time to show, Chasteen, 12, won Grand Champion Landrace in the Junior and Open Show with his Landrace boar, named Dominator. His Landrace gilt, Cupcake, took Reserve Champion for Landrace (2nd place), and his gilt, Princess, placed third in both Junior and Open Show.
"We are very proud of him in his start with animals," said parents Dwane Chasteen and Melissa Inman. "He plans on doing it again next year. His goal this year was the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield. He wants to go to the state fair next year. He also showed at the Barry County Fair and Purdy Fair this year.
"He would like to thank everyone who supported him, including Roaring River Health and Rehab Administrator Russ Newby, who breeds and shows Landrace pigs, and daughter Jasmine Newby for getting him started and helping him prepare to show."
"I like meeting all the new kids and adults at the shows, getting advice on how to make my pigs better next year, and I love working with animals," Hunter Chasteen said.
Inman said this is Chasteen's second year working with pigs.
"He has to feed them every morning, work with them in the evenings and give them baths," she said. "He trains them to walk with him. During shows, judges look at details like a pig's musculature, how they walk and posture."
To motivate the pigs to walk with him, Chasteen said he treats them to a marshmallow or Oreo cookie.
"Next year he'll be in [FFA]," Inman said. "He's hopefully going to get to breed next year."