My names Logan Hebert and for most of you who know me I simply love to compete. I love how you can put everything you have into something, give it all you got, and feel like you accomplished something. Showing pigs really gives you a great understanding of accomplishment, and builds more character than just about any sport, because at the end of the day when you’re tired from cleaning pens. The animals still have to be feed, washed, walked, and the list never ends. After a football game on Friday night I don’t worry about football till Monday practice. I guess what I’m trying to say is most people overlook the work, hours, and passion it takes to be a showman. My biggest goal in showing pigs is to build the best team and program I possibly can not only to produce champions, but Friendships that will last forever.
Ernest loves to say he and my family are a team. I think that’s an understatement. Ernest answers my calls, and probably 50% of time its advice on life. The rest of the time I’m emailing him videos of 10 to 15 pigs, and we are talking about how this one’s outside of him-self we need to cut him or, “man can this one get any stouter?” I send Ernest videos and weights on Sunday and Monday we are talking about rations we need to change or he’s coaching me on stick work. I’m not sure who’s more pumped on show day me or him but I do know he keeps his emotions contained a lot better than me because every now and then with him not being there. I’m nervous I won’t get it right, but he’s always just a phone call away telling me “trust the program dog.”
“When we lose we say nothing and when we win we say even less” this quote is written on a marker board in our barn and it’s something I didn’t understand completely until I met Ernest. The success I’ve been blessed to take part in was bound to happen and hopefully will continue too. I’m just so blessed to be coached and criticized by a man who is humble no matter what the result is and has instilled that trait in myself. I may not grab every banner in the country or even win every class, but at the end of the day there’s still a program that has been built between several elite breeders my amazing family and in my opinion one of the greatest coach, feeder, and mentor that has ever walked in the livestock industry. The bond I share with Ernest can simply never be replaced the miles spent driving, food we ate, and wins we have shared are experiences that are second to none in my families lives.