Meet 19-year-old Maeghan Smith of Novinger. Agriculture was something her family took pride in as they had a big interest in raising cattle and pigs.
Throughout her years with the Show Me 4-H Group and the Novinger FFA, she showed cattle. But this year she decided to show pigs. She has even taught them a neat trickâ?¦her pigs know how to sit.
"One of my pigs seemed like taught herself. She kept on sitting every time I gave her a treat. So with my other pig, I tried teaching her how to sit and she caught right on. Cookies are the trick," Smith said.
This will be Maeghanâ??s first year showing her pigs at the Sullivan County and NEMO Fairs. According to her, it takes a lot of hard work and responsibility to take care of the hogs and prepare them for the shows. But still, they are her babies
"They're like my kids, as much time I spend out here with them. I come out here and rinse them off at least 3 times a day. I'm out here 2 hours at least with them each day just hanging out with them," Smith said.
Other than teaching her pigs how to sit, Maeghan has shared some other funny moments with them.
"I was selling one of my pigs. Afterwards, she got out of the ring and there was a lady, someone that we know. She just took off and when in between those lady's legs and the lady landed right on her butt," Smith said.
Maeghan is planning to continue working in agriculture as it helped shape her into the person she is today.
"I can't imagine living in the city or anywhere else. It's done a lot for me. Give it a shot so you can at least say you tried it," Smith said.
Even though she is a graduate, Maeghan is still active with the Novinger FFA.
She is about to enter her second year at MACC and is planning to attend Truman State University after receiving her Associateâ??s to study animal science.
Congratulations Maeghan on being this week's Ag Kid.