BALLINGER - The stands were full of family, friends, educators and producers at the 16th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show held Jan. 12-14 at the Ballinger Community Center.

BALLINGER - The stands were full of family, friends, educators and producers at the 16th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show held Jan. 12-14 at the Ballinger Community Center. 

"The show featured approximately 400 livestock projects from youth participating in the 4-H and FFA programs in Ballinger, Miles, Rowena and Winters.

"The show went extremely well this year," said Runnels County Extension Agent Garrett Cline. "It was extremely competitive in all of the species. The kids did a great job in the show ring and it was obvious that a lot of hard work was put into preparing the project animals for show. 

 Cecil Kalina, president of the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association agreed. 

"The quality of the animals was excellent," Kalina said. "Our swine show is the largest show we had this year. But the sheep show was as tough as any county show in Texas." 

 There were a variety of judges for the different events.Tad Knight of Plains, praised the participants for their high quality projects during the swine competition. 

 "These kids have put so much work into this," Knight told the crowd as he walked the ring inspecting the projects. "These kids are also showing great showmanship." 

 With that, he tapped the winning hog for the competition and it was announced that Trent Helms of Ballinger FFA, was the winner.

 While the swine show continued, other members prepared their animals for show, like Brody Schwertner, a third grader from Miles 4-H. 

 This is Schwertner's first time to compete in the rabbit category. 

"I like it," he said. 

 On Saturday, the sheep and cattle were judged followed by the cattle show which featured heifers and steers. The Runnels County Premium Sale followed and all funds generated from the sale went back to the 4-H and FFA youth. 

 The final tally of how much the sale generated was not available at press time. 

 Next week, the Runnels County Register will publish a special section with all of the results from the Livestock Show included.