It takes determination, dedication and countless hours spent in the show barn to be successful in the with one specie of livestock- let alone two. Cole Wilcox has seen more success than many juniors can dream of showing cattle and hogs. But, you will not find a more humble young man that continues to have passion for the livestock industry. – Kinzie Selke, Sure Champ Intern
Tell us about yourself.
Hi my name is Cole Wilcox. I’m 16 years old and from Bedford, Indiana. Son of John and Trisha Wilcox and brother to Kate Wilcox. I’m a sophomore at Bedford North Lawrence High School. I enjoy playing football showing livestock, livestock judging and hanging out with friends.
What do you show and who has been your biggest influence in the show ring?
I show both calves and pigs. I have showed cattle for seven years and pigs for three years. In the cattle industry the person that has had the most influence on my show career is my mom and dad. They are always there when I need help and have always helped me to become a better person.
In the pig industry, Travis Platt has had the biggest impact on my show career he is the one who has pushed me to do bigger and better things and is always by my side in the showring.
What is your favorite show ring memory?
My favorite show ring memory is winning Grand Barrow at Indiana State Fair with a Duroc and Willie Kirkpatrick saying “when ever they unloaded this one they brought a cannon to a knife fight’’ and moments later slapped “Gunner” on his back.
Tell us about your success this year.
This year I’ve had and unbelievable year starting out with Reserve Grand Barrow at Denver livestock show then going to WPX and getting Fourth Overall Purebred Gilt at Summer Spectacular. Nothing would have been possible if it wasn’t for the support from my mom, dad and everyone else.
How has Sure Champ/Vita Charge products helped you in this success?
Sure Champ has helped me achieve my success by always keeping my hogs on feed and always keeping them with a healthy appetite. Have an appetite for winning? Then use Sure Champ.
What are your future plans?
My future plans consist of going to Black Hawk College and participating on the livestock judging, then continuing my school career at Purdue University and majoring in animal science.
What advice would you give others?
Advice to others try and accomplish your goals anything is possible and let anybody knock you down. Also last but not least hard work really does pay off in the end.