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Julie Kimmerle’s FFA project named “Tahoe” took fourth place during the judging competition of a few days ago. She has hope that her swine will do better at the junior livestock auction scheduled for Saturday. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
STOCKTON – They’re looking forward for the piggies to go out to market.

But this is no nursery rhyme.

Vanessa Fatzer and Julie Kimmerle have market swines at this year’s San Joaquin County Fair.

Since March, the two members of East Union High’s Future Farmers of America chapter have been feeding, grooming and tending to their livestock projects at the Manteca Unified school farm for this particular week.

If all goes accordingly, their swines could fetch top dollars at the Junior Livestock Auction planned for Saturday.

Last year’s auction raised nearly $800,000 in sales, with 93 percent going back to FFA and 4-H students.

Kimmerle, who graduated a few weeks ago from East Union, named her livestock “Tahoe.”

During judging competition held a few days earlier, the swine took fourth place out of seven in the field.

“The judges said she has better qualities for the auction,” Kimmerle said.

The same goes for Fatzer’s project.

She named her swine, “Gordy.”

Fatzer’s swine took fourth place out of five in the judging competition. But she came away encouraged by the feedback from the judges.

“They really liked his size and said he could supply quality meat (in the market),” Fatzer said.

Judging of livestock will continue today at the San Joaquin County Fair, with cattle, goats and turkeys taking place throughout the day at the Beef Ring and Sheep Ring.

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