Once again, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association sponsored the State Swine Production Proficiency Award at the Kentucky FFA State Convention in June.
According to the National FFA Organization, “Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agriculture experiences [projects], have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.”
The winner of the 2019 Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency award is Landon Muse from the Apollo FFA Chapter.
Muse raises Kentucky Proud show pigs in Hawesville, which he exhibits himself and sells to other youth swine exhibitors.
Muse has been showing pigs for seven years.
He has had the opportunity to exhibit his pigs across Kentucky as well as at several national shows, including the North American International Livestock Expo, the National Junior Swine Association’s Summer Spectacular and Team Purebred’s Mid-South Regional.
Muse says that his experience raising pigs has given him the opportunity to focus on different aspects of the swine industry, including artificial insemination, climate controlled housing, nutrition and herd health.
The skills he is most proud of are his swine showmanship skills.
“I have worked for years and have put many hours into exhibiting swine. I can now compete competitively on a national level in swine showmanship contests,” Muse said.
As state winner, Muse’s proficiency was sent on to compete at the national level at the National FFA Convention in October.
Muse is a senior at Apollo High School in Owensboro.
After graduation he hopes to attend Murray State University and major in pre-veterinary science.
He hopes to eventually be accepted to veterinary school, preferably at Auburn University, Purdue University or Texas Tech University.
Muse feels fortunate that his proficiency project has allowed him to begin exploring his future career.
“Not a lot of youth my age have a chance like this to go ahead and start in their chosen career field,” Muse said.
“I have had the chance to breed, raise, feed, take care of a barn full of show pigs. These skills I have acquired will help me if I want to go into the vet science or animal science field and they will see and understand that I have already had some experience in the care of pigs.”
Landon Muse is the son of Troy and Debbie Muse.
His FFA Advisors are Aaron Tucker, Phillip Johnson and Debbie Muse.