Four generations of family farmers


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Rowan Cox, 6, of Leeton, smiles after winning fifth place in the Open Berkshire Breed show Monday morning at the Missouri State Fair. Rowan has been showing pigs since he was 2 his mother, Maghan Cox said.


Four generations of the Cox family are shown in the Swine Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. From left, grandfather Robert Cox, Rowan Cox, great-grandfather Gerald Cox, father Ryan Cox. The family has owned and operated their farm which has been in the family more than 100 years.


Rowan Cox stands in front of his great-grandfather Gerald Cox, shortly after competing in the Berkshire Breed Show at the Missouri State Fair Monday morning. Rowan and his pig Lucy took fifth place during the event.


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Rowan Cox, 6, of Leeton, smiles after winning fifth place in the Open Berkshire Breed show Monday morning at the Missouri State Fair. Rowan has been showing pigs since he was 2 his mother, Maghan Cox said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081815swinestory1.jpgRowan Cox, 6, of Leeton, smiles after winning fifth place in the Open Berkshire Breed show Monday morning at the Missouri State Fair. Rowan has been showing pigs since he was 2 his mother, Maghan Cox said.

Four generations of the Cox family are shown in the Swine Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. From left, grandfather Robert Cox, Rowan Cox, great-grandfather Gerald Cox, father Ryan Cox. The family has owned and operated their farm which has been in the family more than 100 years.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081815swinestory2.jpgFour generations of the Cox family are shown in the Swine Pavilion on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. From left, grandfather Robert Cox, Rowan Cox, great-grandfather Gerald Cox, father Ryan Cox. The family has owned and operated their farm which has been in the family more than 100 years.

Rowan Cox stands in front of his great-grandfather Gerald Cox, shortly after competing in the Berkshire Breed Show at the Missouri State Fair Monday morning. Rowan and his pig Lucy took fifth place during the event.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081815swinestory3.jpgRowan Cox stands in front of his great-grandfather Gerald Cox, shortly after competing in the Berkshire Breed Show at the Missouri State Fair Monday morning. Rowan and his pig Lucy took fifth place during the event.

Rowan Cox knows pigs. At 6 years old, his favorite book is “The Three Little Pigs,” and early Monday morning he could be found in one of his favorite places — the show ring at the open Berkshire Breed Show at the Missouri State Fair.

Rowan has been showing pigs since he was 2 years old, his mother Maghan Cox said after the show.

“Ryan (Josh’s father) has been working with Rowan since he old enough to walk,” Maghan said. “Ryan showed pigs since he was a little boy and continued to do so until he aged out in FFA.”

Rowan is a fourth generation pig farmer. His great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all on hand to root on Rowan and his pig, Lucy, at Monday’s event.

“I’m pretty proud of him,” said Gerald Cox, Rowan’s great-grandfather. “Our family has had a farm for more than 100 years and Rowan is helping on it every day.”

“I do the whole job,” Rowan said. “I show my pigs, water them, feed them, and wash them, oh, I also walk them too.”

Rowan said he had two pigs last year, but one of them died. His mother explained that one of the two sows died while having a litter.

“I got two more this year,” he added. “They’re both still alive,” he said with a smile.

Taking care of his pigs is not all Rowan does while on the farm.

“We have cows that I take care of too,” he added. “I help rake and bale hay, but first you have to mow it.”

Rowan said he likes to ride his red-and-blue tractor and help his family as much as possible on the farm, but farming isn’t all he does.

After Rowan leaves the Fair, he is going to football practice. He plays tight end for his team in Leeton, where he is in the first grade.

“I play three sports, baseball and basketball and football,” Rowan said. “I like them all, but I really love to farm.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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