Bertha, 500+ pigs ready for the Livestock Show at RodeoHouston


by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

HOUSTON -- More than 500 pigs from all over Texas are here in town for RodeoHouston.

Thirteen-year-old Cody Cox and his 300 pound baby girl, Bertha, are preparing for Saturday’s big show.

“She is a common household pet,” said Cody Cox. “She means everything to me.”

But three months ago, Cody wasn’t sure if he could raise Bertha anymore. His barn, along with a dozen others were torn down back in November.

“It was really hard. We had to find a new place,” said Cox.

The property is owned by the Army Corp of Engineers who leased the land to some of the families so they could raise the animals for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. But money was an issue.

“The barn owner had not told us any facts about what was going on, and he missed all of his payments, and we were getting kicked out of the barn,” said Cox.

But Cody ended up finding a new barn; and, despite his hardship, Cody is staying focused on Saturday’s big showing.

“We walk her around the arena, the judges are based on how much fat she has,” said Cox. “I hope I win. It’s fun to win.

If Cody wins, he says he will take that money and save it for his college education. He hopes to go to Texas A&M.

Click here to see the Livestock Show schedule.