Doran Belknap holds a day-old piglet born to a wild sow in his holding pen Monday in Coryell County.

GATESVILLE — Coryell County will turn in more than 800 points in the Hog Out competition for state grant money by the Jan. 18 report date, Commissioner Don Jones told the commissioners’ court Thursday.

Coryell County is competing with other counties for state Hog Out money to eradicate feral swine that destroy millions of dollars in crop and livestock production every year.

Grants of $20,000, $15,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to the three highest scoring counties.

“I think we’ve got a good chance of getting some money this year,” Commissioner Jack Wall said.

The county’s point tally includes 529 people who have viewed an educational video on hog eradication and more than 540 hogs killed or captured between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, said Jones, who is coordinating the program.

Under Hog Out rules, each person who sees the video counts as one point; every hog killed or caught counts a half-point.

The county budgeted $5,000 for hog bounties at $10 per tail and paid the entire amount for 500 confirmed pig kills in Coryell County, Jones said.

Wild hogs captured live in the county also can be counted in the point competition, Jones said, including about 45 animals netted by Paradise Helicopter of Temple and delivered to licensed hog buyer Doran Belknap in Coryell County.

Jones said any live pigs caught and turned in to Belknap before Monday can be counted for Hog Out points.

Commissioners on Thursday also paid tribute to Lt. Kenneth Green, who is retiring from the sheriff’s department at the end of the year after serving as jail administrator since Sept. 1, 2001.

The court commended Green for high ratings during annual jail inspections by the state, including one last week that resulted in no reported deficiencies.

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