Meet 18-year-old Blake Smith of Novinger. Agriculture was something his family took pride in as they had a big interest and history in raising cattle and pigs. Four years ago Blake got into the field and started showing and raising hogs himself. He still enjoys it to this very day with his friends and partners in crimeâ?¦Batman and Spiderman.
â??Theyâ??re mostly laid back. Theyâ??re not crazy and wild. Theyâ??re easy to take care of. Theyâ??re just calm for the most part. Theyâ??re fun to be around little creatures,â?? Smith said.
Blake is the President of the Novinger FFA. He's shown his pigs at the Sullivan, Putnam, and NEMO Fairs and had won awards in Rate of Gain and Reserve Champion. According to him it takes a lot responsibility to take care of his hogs and prepare them for the shows.
â??You got to clean out the barn and make sure theyâ??re clean, have feed and water, all that good stuff. Make sure in the summer time they stay cool. It teaches you a lot of responsibility,â?? Smith said.
Blake has also had many funny moments with his animals.
â??My parents called and asked where my boar was. I guess he was across the road in his pen. They were like no, Uncle Terry saw him walking down the road. I walked over and the only thing I could see he just picked up one of the panels and went under the pen himself,â?? Smith said.
Blake plans to continue working in agriculture. He says it's helped shape him into the person he is today.
â??Itâ??s the biggest part of my life. I was raised on a farm. I plan on staying here owning a farm myself someday and expanding a little bit,â?? Smith said.
When not on the farm working with his pigs, Blake likes to trap shoot and play sports like baseball and basketball. He plans to attend Moberly Area Community College after he graduates to continue his Ag studies.
Congratulations Blake on being this week's Ag Kid.