Posted at: 09/08/2013 8:54 PM
Updated at: 09/08/2013 10:41 PM
Hogs Take Over Austin for World Series of Swine
(ABC 6 News)-- The World Series of Swine is in Austin.
"It’s kinda like a sport, you know, hard work and dedication working on it every day and you just get better and better and better," said Walter Colvin, a showman.
Grooming pigs is something Colvin has done since he was 4 years old.
"It all starts at home and that's whether you raise your own hogs or you buy em off somebody and then feedin em for roughly 4 to 5 months and over those 4 to 5 months making the hog kind of your companion," said Colvin.
For him, this is a hobby. He's come from indiana to showcase his hogs.
Travis Ray Hamilton has been raising hogs about half of his life, he’s 13.
"It sticks to ya."
He says he spends about two hours a day with his pigs.
"He has to be your best friend 24/7," said Hamilton.
Constant care for the hogs is essential.
"There's kind of three different aspects: the grooming part, the feeding part, as well as the training and walking as well," said Torie Schwartz from the National Swine Registry.
She says the animals are judged on market traits.
The showmen are judged separately, and Walter says there's a certain way to showcase your hogs.
"You gotta keep it moving, keep it walking, keep the hog between you and the judge and you know try to avoid everyone else and stand out from the crowd," said Colvin.
He’s dedicated to keeping this a part of his life.
"This will be something that my kids grow up doing," said Colvin.