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“Its our recommendation that we appoint someone to look at these,” Homseth said.
“They’re a lot of work and there’s a lot of timing issues involved. The property owners are anxious to complete these negotiations.”
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where his pigs come from, he added.'
He shows pigs, Derek said, because that’s what his dad . showed when he was a kid.
Pigs are what Derek’s kids will show when they’re growing up as well. It isn’t merely a matter of a family tradition. For all the hard work, Derek understands that raising livestock teaches a person things that are important to know in life.
“It teaches you maturity, responsibility and reliability,” he said.
“We spend around IO hours a week, minimum, and usually more. You clean the pens every day to keep the ani-Ijials healthy. You feed them and shear them for the shows. You have to walk them, exercise them ... it’s work.
“My dad helps. He feeds them if I have stuff to do or I need to get to school in the morning. I try* to make sure I do it at night so he won’t have so much to do. If you add it up, its a lot of time. But its fun and it gives you good experience,” Derek said. “It helps you out in life.”
Betty and Larry Hildebrand’s son. Tim, 18 and a senior, hopes to be going to Southwest Texas State next year to take up ag business or a related field.
He’s saved some money through auctioning show animals he hopes will help pay for college — and he’s certainly had some fun.
“I love being around animals and I like ag,” he said.
Saturday, his Angora or Boar goat took home some serious prizes — even though, he said modestly, it was just a practice show. He had reserve breed champion in the lightweight division,
Above, in the arena, Derek Quent works his Hampe to show off its best qualities to the judge. Not only did his pig come out a winner,
Derek went home with a showmanship award as well.
“You’ve got to be responsible. You have to feed every morning and feed every night. You have to work your goats. I try to run mine every day, for sure every other day.”
He feeds in the morning and does all the other things at night. Homework, if he can’t get it done before he leaves school, doesn’t happen until just before bedtime.
It’s a rigorous schedule.
“I’m trying my hardest,” he said.
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Jack Dawson as their negotiator on the buyouts of properties Hooded t his past July.
; County Judge Daimy Schell said the county would use reserve funds, or consider going into debt if need be, to buy flood-damaged properties without increasing the county’s tax burden.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the county is looking at about 26 properties for the federal Hazard Mitigation Ct rant Program.
The program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through state and local officials, is intended to reduce the losses of future floods by removing improvements such as homes Or buildings from the floodplain.
TI) qualify, a property must have sustained damage totaling more than 50 percent of its value during the July flood — and its owner must volunteer to be bought out.
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first grand breed in the mid-dleweight division and reserve grand champion overall.
Tim said he keeps three goats, but only two are validated to go to shows.
“One is just my personal goat,” he explained. “Its mom didn’t take it. I’ve bottle-fed it since it was little.”
Tim, who works two jobs in addition to raising his goats and doing his school work, knows this is his last
year of showing. He likes judging, though, and hopes to judge, although he hasn’t considered a career in that.
‘You never know. I do enjoy it,” Tim said. ‘You learn a-bout judging by four years of doing livestock shows. You study books, watch videos — you have to keep studying, there’s a lot to learn. Mr. Wunderlich takes us out to feed lots and shows us.”
Not every youngster can show animals, he said.
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Timmy Hildebrand and “Goat No. 2” take home the New Braunfels High School chapter livestock show first grand breed prize Saturday at the fairgrounds.
property open and unimproved so the next time a flood occurs, no buildings or other “improvements” are damaged.
Most of the properties are in unincorporated county areas — the majority being in the Chestnut Drive area of Horseshoe Falls Estates.
“The process involves us getting appraisals and making offers based on the appraisals,” Hornseth said. “The property owners can accept or reject the offer and,
if they want, seek an appraisal of their own and make an appropriate offer of their own.”
That’s where Dawson would come in. He’d negotiate a price between the two appraisals based on the value of the property on July 3, 2002 — just before water crested over the Canyon Dam spillway.
Hornseth said appointing Dawson to handle the situations would prevent each individual buyout from hav-
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