POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:20pm
Edinburg, TX (NEWS CENTER 23) — Kids in 4-H and FFA are showing off their project animals in competition in Edinburg.
The South Texas Agriculture Roundup allows students to be judged on their cattle, lambs, goats, rabbits, pigs and chickens.
Competition is the final leg for these kids. For many out in the show ring, it took a year or more to get to this point with there animal.
"It's a lot of responsibility, like caring for a child. It's up early in the morning and working late at night, and you got to feed them, you got to clean them, when they are sick you got to tend to them. So they do learn a lot of responsibility," said Gene Espinoza, STAR President Elect.
Each kid is dressed to show and has their animal brushed. In front of the judge, everyone wants to look their best.
Today, Emerald Salinas, 11, is showing her breeding percentage goat.
"We have to stand up there feet and make sure they are standing good," said Emerald Salinas. "It takes a lot of practice."
And her practice paid off, at the end of her class, she and her goat Daisy walked away with a first place blue ribbon.