Guthri Jenschke reached one core conclusion when she was asked about her involvement in the Junior Livestock Show of Erath County, which will begin its four-day run on Jan. 8.

“Overall, this is my passion,” said Jenschke, a 17-year-old Stephenville High School senior who began showing animals when she was in the third grade. “Ag’s based around my whole life. I really like the stock show industry. I think they’re humble people.”

Jenschke, who has been in 4-H for 10 years and FFA four years, lately has been focused on the duroc variety of hogs in junior livestock shows. 

She has also competed in October in the AgriScience competition, with great success — advancing to the national event in Indianapolis the past two years. She placed third in the nation in that event last October, and earned scholarship money. The year before, she placed 10th in the nation.

Her animal entry in last year’s Erath County swine competition captured the reserve championship. 

This year she is showing one duroc gilt (female), one Hampshire gilt and one cross barrow (male) pig.

“I do switch around with breeds, but my favorite is duroc,” she said.

Both of her parents participated in junior livestock shows when they were in school, with steers and heifers. Jenschke’s father, Lonnie Jenschke, is the county extension agent for Erath County. He grew up in Fredericksburg, and his wife, Kim, grew up in Brownwood. Kim is a teacher at Gilbert Intermediate.

She plans to attend Weatherford College in the fall, then transfer to either Texas Tech or West Texas A&M University. She has declared a major in ag communications.

She admitted that she grows fond of her show animals.

“It depends on the personality of the pig. I may get a little attached,” she said.

The hardest part of the shows, she said, is that “you never know what’s going to happen. The outcome may not be what you expect.”