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For brother and sister competitors, Livestock Show is a family affair

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For some, Nueces County Junior Livestock Show is a contest for areas outside the city limits of nearby Corpus Christi. In reality, that's just not the case.

"We are definitely from the city and knew nothing," Christine Puckett, a Corpus Christi mom, admitted.

Three years ago, Christine Puckett allowed her son Daniel to join Texas' Future Farmers of America Association (FFA) out of sheer curiosity.

"To be an FFA kid, there is only one requirement, you have to be ready to do anything at any point in time," junior FFA member from Veteran's Memorial High School, Daniel Puckett told KRIS 6 News.

In his first year, then high school freshman, Daniel secured an officer spot. The following year, his younger sister Allison wanted in.

“When I go to high school I am really hoping I can become an officer,” 13-year-old Allison Puckett described.

This year is unique because they will both be showing goats at the junior livestock show in Robstown over the weekend. 

“To raise an animal, it's a flurry of emotions that you really don't wanna think about,” Daniel said.

This season, in particular, was also extremely difficult, Daniel and Allison had to overcome Hurricane Harvey and even a little snow. 

“Our goats loved the snow, it was so much fun. It was very cold for them but I think they loved it,” Allison recalled.

“These goats specifically, if you leave them alone too long and don't pay enough attention to them, they'll jump out of their pens,” Daniel said.

Allison truly believes she's got the advantage with her brother as her guide. 

“It’s awesome because he knows a lot more than I do,” Allison admitted.

Daniel, meanwhile, remains humble. 

“I’m always learning just as much as she is, every time something happens, every time they get hurt or do something I didn't know they could do," Daniel explained.

From grooming, to bathing, to feeding, the FFA representatives from Veterans Memorial High school are proud to make it a family affair. 

“It’s just an all hands on deck kind of thing but they have to help each other out,” Christine Puckett added.

All of the students that participate in FFA really rely on shows like the junior livestock show to help them continue to care for their animals. They also rely on sponsorships from donors who can pledge money to help at this link: http://www.ncjls.org/buyers/index.htm

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