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Ag a way of life for ENMSF swine show winner

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Micah Lightfoot, left, shakes hands with judge Dan Lane after he chose her pig, Fish, seen behind her, the winner of its class in the Hampshire division of the swine show Tuesday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Fish went on to be named Hampshire reserve grand champion. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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She didn’t expect her pig, named Fish, to do well, but hard work and persistence paid off for Micah Lightfoot at the swine show Tuesday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.

Fish won his class in the Hampshire division of the swine show and then went on to be named reserve grand champion in the division.

“This is the biggest win he’s had,” said Lightfoot, of the Logan FFA.

She said she’d had Fish since April and worked with him about eight hours every day, starting in the mornings at 6:30 a.m. and then again in the evenings at 7 p.m.

“We walk them every morning and feed them. It takes a lot. I’ll be at the barn for four hours every feeding, so morning and night,” she said.

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Lightfoot is a senior at Logan High School, where her father is the FFA advisor. Her mother was also an FFA advisor when Lightfoot was younger, so she’s been around livestock and shows her whole life, she said.

“They had all their ag kids, and my siblings and I would be on the bus with them going places. I knew even from a young age that’s what I wanted to do and raise my kids in the ag industry,” she said.

She’ll show for her FFA team one more year, and then she has plans to attend New Mexico State University majoring in animal science.

“That’s where I want to start, and I might get a double major — animal science and ag communications — but I want to be an FFA advisor,” she said.

The fair continues Wednesday with seniors day. Admission and parking is free for those age 55 and older and special events will start at 4 p.m.

The market lamb show will start at 10 a.m. with poultry showmanship at noon. 

The arts and crafts and commercial buildings open from 4 to 10 p.m., and the carnival is open from 4 to 11 p.m.

Parade trophies will be awarded at 6:30 p.m.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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