$6,500 – that’s a lot of money for a hog. Ten-year-old Mattea Antrup received that approximate amount for her hog at the Ottawa County Youth Fair after raising it through the 4-H program.
In February 2012, Mattea had hip surgery spending 7 weeks in a near full-body cast. While at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, instead of focusing on herself, Mattea saw other kids, patients with problems of their own. Spurred by the memory, Mattea named her hog Helen DeVos and donated the money she received for Helen at the county fair to the hospital.
Mattea ended up getting $28 a pound for the hog. I asked Tom Guthrie, Michigan State University Extension pork and equine educator, about the going rate for hogs. Tom said that normally hogs sold at county youth fairs would go for $2 to $3 a pound.
The giving kept on going when the buyer donated the hog to LOVE INC, an organization that serves people in need.
To view a video featuring Mattea, go to Fox 17 and search for “Helping With a Hog.”