Meet Wilson County’s own ‘big brother’ of the show ring
FLORESVILLE -- Some area youth trying their hands in the stock show ring may wish they had a big brother to help them learn the ropes. One Poth man has been such a figure for area youth show participants. Jay Faktor, a 1982 graduate of Poth High School, has served the youth involved in the 4-H and FFA organizations with their animal projects for many years.
For all he has done, Jay was presented a plaque for his service and dedication Jan. 25, during the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show. Agnes Moy, Patsy Smolka, and Kimberly Simmons organized the plaque and a poster containing pictures of the students Jay has assisted.
The plaque’s inscription reads: “We dedicate this plaque to Jay Faktor for all the help he gives to all the kids that need help with their projects no matter what organization or county they are in. 4-H or FFA. Thank you, Jay!”
Jay, the son of Albert and Betty Faktor of Poth, is well-known at the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show, since he has served as both a director and supervisor of the show, and serves as superintendent in the swine division. When not on the road assisting children or attending shows, Jay can be found at Farmers Gin Co. of Poth.
Betty explained that Jay assists children in an advisory capacity, in how to properly raise animals, whether hogs or goats. With Jimmy Kolodziej, Jay assists the students with poultry, as well.
“You should see his gas bill,” Betty said, explaining what her son does, as he travels across the county and beyond to advise the children and their parents.
Jay helps students in selecting an animal to show and serves as an “adult pal,” Betty said. Jay encourages the exhibitor, if the animal is shifted or does not place, to continue in the auction. He helps them emphasize their animal husbandry skills, not the winning aspect of the animal project.
Jay is no stranger to the show ring. While attending Poth High School, he received the highest degree in 4-H and the American Farmer degree in FFA.
Betty said that Jay has been doing this so long that he now has assisted two generations in some families.
Jay has served as president in two area swine organizations, and continues to raise show pigs and show goats.
His greatest pride is assisting those who have never owned an animal. He teaches them all aspects of animal care, from setting up a pen to feeding and grooming and showmanship.
How many children has Jay helped? His mother laughed. One has only to see the photo taken as his plaque was presented. Jay is surrounded by kids, all waiting to congratulate their “big brother” in the ag industry for all his help.
In addition to Jay’s recognition, two other area men were honored for their service to the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show. See related article, this page.