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Zirkel wins Ag contest

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Eleven-year-old Crista Zirkel of Medina won $200 after placing eighth in the junior division of the recent Texas Farm Credit (TFC) virtual Youth Agriculture Video Showcase. Zirkel’s video submission highlighted her commitment to the care of her lambs.

Late last fall, TFC launched a virtual contest encouraging local youth to submit a video spotlighting their agricultural project. Contest participants, aged eight to 18 and involved in agriculture in 2020, submitted a video explaining their project in detail, elaborating on goals and describing future plans.

In Zirkel’s video submission, she reflects on her previous years’ experience showing a market barrel cross pig named Wilbur. This year, she has chosen to shift gears and focus on two lambs: Smokey, a medium wool lamb and Willie, a fine wool cross lamb.

Zirkel discusses the diet of her lambs: grains, alfalfa and supplements. She also elaborates on “the value of a clean water source” when it comes to the overall health of her lambs. She is committed to the lambs receiving enough exercise and she practices the correct way to position the lambs when it comes time to show. Zirkel takes pride in her lambs’ wool care. She takes pride in the sheering, cleaning and fluffing both Smokey and Willie.

“I will probably stick with lambs” says Zirkel, as she enjoys working with the animal.

Additionally, she believes participating in agriculture will ultimately help her achieve her goal of becoming a vet.

“Stock shows will help me prepare for the future by teaching me about animals and how to care for them.”

Other winners of the Texas Farm Credit virtual Youth Agriculture Video Showcase include Junior Grand Champion Bridger Etheridge of Nacogdoches and Senior Grand Champion Amanda Hoffmann of Schertz.