On March 13, the Paoli Agriculture department will be hosting their annual pig sale. This will be the fifth year for the sale.
There will be five to six different litters available to purchase, including crossbreeds, Yorkshires and Berkshires.
“Even though I may not be able to partake in the sale this year, I’m glad I have a chance to be involved in the program. It is something that when the school year starts that I always look forward to. It’s a great experience for people of any age, and seeing kids learn how to breed and farrow a pig honestly warms your heart. It may be a dirty job but people who participate are willing to get their hands dirty in order to learn, which is nice,” said freshman Haylie Gilliatt.
Gilliatt has been raising pigs since she was little, and has sold a litter in the sale for two years. Gilliatt does not have a pig in the sale this year, but still plans on helping with it.
There will be three litters that are being sold that have lived their whole lives inside Paoli’s barn; Buffy, Reba, and Rosie. Buffy is owned by freshman Keely Scott, Reba by senior Carson Little and Rosie by seventh grader Graydan Padgett.
“I am looking forward to getting to see how all of the pigs we sold do at the fair. I love getting to work with the pigs, and I enjoy learning new things every day,” said Scott. Scott has been raising pigs since she was around three years old. This will be her seventh year selling them in Paoli’s sale.
As stated above, the sale is March 13, starting at 2 p.m. For more information about the sale, you can contact FFA Sponsor Cory Scott at Scottc@paoli.k12.in.us, or 812-723-3905.
Story by Carley Higgins