ABILENE, Texas -

Dozens of people came out to the Abilene ISD Agriculture Barn on Saturday to watch high school students show off their animals.

Abilene and Cooper High School students gathered at the barn for a local showing of their pigs, goats, lambs and rabbits.

Students enrolled in the agriculture classes had to learn how to responsibly care for their animals. 

Winners received money donated from the community and grand champions won belt buckles.

Dylan Speer, a teacher at Cooper High, said the judging is not necessarily about how well the animals behave, but surprisingly, how tasty they look.

"This is a market show so all the animals are judged as if they were to do, as if you were to have them on your plate soon, so it's which one would have the best steak or the best pork chop. There's also some on how pretty they are how they look," Speer said.

Abilene High has participated in the Livestock Show since the 1930s and Cooper High joined in during the 1960s.