Cole and Ruthann Carity have spent their whole lives on the farm. Their parents, Brent and Marie, are active members of the Shelby County Farm Bureau. They’ve nurtured and passed down a love for farm animals and hard work. Cole and Ruthann are members of the Fort Loramie Livestock 4-H Club.
Over the years of raising and showing pigs, Ruthann has developed an appreciation for the life cycle. Since the Carity family breeds and farrows their show pigs, Cole and Ruthann have had the chance to see the process from start to finish.
“I get to see them from their birth, to where we show them, to then where we breed them at the end of their show career,” says Ruthann. The Carity family is not afraid to travel, and Cole and Ruthann have spent a lot of weekends showing in Ohio and across the county. Cole enjoys traveling and “meeting nice people” along the way.
Though it’s hard for the Carity kids to imagine living any other lifestyle, they know that some people don’t know what it’s like to live on a farm. When asked, “What would you want to say to someone who has never shown pigs?” they answered with wisdom beyond their years. Cole spoke to the care and attention that animal producers have for their livestock, and Ruthann spoke about the merits of hard work and effort. The lessons they’ve learned through their 4-H hog projects will stick with them for years to come.
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