Niles boy moo-ving ahead at fair
Published 7:02 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2013
BERRIEN SPRINGS — At age 10, Niles’ Trent George has accomplished more at the Berrien County Youth Fair than others twice his age.
He’s shown grand champion steer, heifer, swine and lamb, to name a few.
On Wednesday, George put another notch in his belt by showing the grand champion female beef at the Youth Beef Show in the show arena.
“I like winning,” said George, who will be attending fifth grade at Ballard Elementary in Niles.
George also showed the grand champion female beef in 2010.
Trent is the third generation of his family to show livestock at the fair. His grandfather, Charles Durm, was involved in the first Berrien County Youth Fair in Grove in 1945.
Trent’s mother, Carrie, also showed animals at the fair along with her siblings. Carrie is an agriculture teacher at Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis and the school’s FFA advisor.
Trent’s younger brother, Drew, showed the grand champion market hog at the fair Tuesday.
“For me and my boys and my husband, this is our hobby,” said Carrie. “Some people do sports, some people do racing — we show livestock.
“We go all summer all over Michigan. We went to Missouri this summer and we go to Kentucky to show. We show mainly sheep and cattle; pigs is just a county thing.”
Carrie said her husband, who grew up in Indiana, was involved in livestock too.
“Tim and I met at a cattle show,” she said.
Trent said he enjoys traveling around the Midwest in the summer, showing livestock. He’s been doing it since he was 5.
“You get to meet new people — it’s fun,” Trent said.
Carrie said showing livestock has helped her kids in many ways.
“It teaches them responsibility because these animals don’t feed themselves — you have to put in a lot of work every day,” she said. “It also gives them confidence. Every time they go in the ring you see them gain more and more confidence. They aren’t afraid of being in front of people, talking to people.”
Trent was the overall sheep showman and showed the grand champion market lamb Tuesday.