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Featured Story | Aaron Kerlee Raises Champions on HONOR® Show Chow®

Eleven-year-old Aaron Kerlee is having a very good year.

A member of the California Junior Livestock Association, Aaron has won every Junior Showmanship Contest he has entered this year, including the California Pork Producers Association, Red Wave Classic, Western Bonanza A&B, Circle of Champions, Monterey Bay Classic and the MJC Showmaster Classic.

Seven out of seven! And that’s just January through June.

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Caring for Show Animals in Summer

It’s not just the summer heat. Humidity and a lack of ventilation can take a toll on show animals in summer. Here are some tips that can help you recognize and avoid problems during the hot weather months:

  • Some of the adverse affects of excessive heat are:

    • Poor growth performance

    • Depressed immune system

    • Infertility in bulls, rams, bucks, boars and other intact male animals

    • Loss of bloom or body condition

    • Reduction of feed intake, which contributes to all of the above.

  • Animals eat to meet energy requirements. As temperatures increase, energy requirements decrease. So the best way to keep animals on feed during the heat of summer is by reducing their body temperatures. This can be done in a number of ways:

    • A fan, or some type of air movement to cool the animals

    • A mister and fan that blows water-cooled air across the body surface

    • Feeding at the coolest times of day (early in the morning, or evening)

    • Always feed fibrous feedstuffs (hay, etc.) to ruminants in the evening. Fiber generates more heat during digestion than do non-fibrous feeds

    • Fat generates less incremental heat and actually works to keep animals cooler during periods of heat stress. As feed intake decreases, you may try to compensate by using soybean oil, corn oil or some type of fat. This will improve growth rates and help retain bloom and freshness

    • Sheep and goats shed excess heat much the way dogs do (through their mouths, by panting). Hogs, however, do not perspire or pant. Hogs rely on air moving across their bodies to remove heat. It’s important to keep fans and/or misters on showpigs during high temperature or high humidity

    • Certain ingredients may help with cooling during heat stress. Fat, for instance, creates less heat when digested. Research has shown that TASCO® is an ingredient that helps lower body temperatures during heat stress. It is included in all HONOR® and Show Chow® beef feeds, lamb feeds, HONOR® Champion Drive Topdress, and in HONOR® Powerfill

    • Keep drinking water cool to help lower body temperatures. At the very least, keep water out of direct sunlight. Remember that feed intake is directly linked to water intake. So if water intake is reduced for whatever reason (temperature, freshness, cleanliness or availability) feed intake and growth performance will be adversely affected.

We hope these tips will help you avoid problems before they happen. Have a happy and successful summer!


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Get to Know HIGH OCTANE® Power Fuel® Show Supplement

HIGH OCTANE® Power Fuel® is an advanced high-energy supplement for all classes of animals being fed and fitted for show. This includes show cattle, show pigs, show lambs and show goats. HIGH OCTANE® Power Fuel® is designed to be fed as a topdress to supply additional energy.

Power Fuel® Topdress is:

• Highly palatable

• Contains essential fatty acids: for the overall health and look of your show animal

• Contains Tasco®, important during periods of stress


Frequently Asked Question

One of our most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between our two top dress supplements: Champion Drive and Power Fuel?

  • HIGH OCTANE Power Fuel is a high energy (31% crude fat) extruded nugget. It is used to improve cover, increase growth and improve the circulation and respiratory systems

  • HIGH OCTANE Champion Drive is a pelleted, 32% crude protein product that is used to improve skin, hair and wool shine and luster. It also does a great job at putting shape in the top of an animal.

Now that you know the difference, you should be able to make the right choice in the weeks leading up to a show.

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Aaron has also added a Supreme and Reserve Supreme Championship to his hog points over the past few months. He is leading the state in points for showmanship, is second in his age division for the jackpot and is fifth in the overall hog division.

Started at Age Three
his soon-to-be sixth-grader from Denair, California is an “old hand” at raising pigs. “I started when I was three,” Aaron says. “When I was little, my uncle showed pigs. He got each of us a pig for our first birthday.”

Aaron still sources his prize-winning pigs from his uncle, Ryan Watje, a Purina HONOR® Show Chow® Showpig Ambassador. But these days, Aaron shoulders the financial responsibility himself.

Paying His Way

“When they go to the feed store, both Aaron and his older brother Kyle bring along their own checkbooks,” says his mother Maddi. “They sell their pigs at the county fair and that money goes into their checking accounts and savings accounts. The savings accounts are for college—that money is off limits. But the checking accounts are for running their projects,” says Aaron’s Mom proudly.

Aaron even does the breeding himself, artificially, according to his mother. “He just spent $400 on semen. He’s looking for high quality pigs that can be sold.”

The Rewards of Feeding HONOR® Show Chow®

Aaron also pays for his own feed and supplies. “I feed HONOR® Show Chow® Showpig Finisher—actually, First Wean One, then Showpig Prep, then Showpig Finisher,” says Aaron. “I’m glad that I’ve fed HONOR® Show Chow® because it’s really working out.”

Joy of Competing is a Family Tradition

Now in his second year of 4-H, Aaron says he enjoys competing because he enjoys learning and meeting new people. He’s also in the lead in a points competition to win a computer from Best Buy.

In spite of his incredible winning streak, Aaron remains humble. Although slightly reticent to talk about his own accomplishments, he’s very forthcoming when expressing his appreciation for the support he has gotten from his dad, his grandfather, his uncle, his brother who also shows pigs, and his Mom who grew up showing steers. In fact, Aaron is hoping to try his hand at showing steers sometime in the future. In the meantime, he has his eight show pigs and he’s looking forward to August 1 when his crossbred sow is going to farrow.

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