The educational 4-H swine program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth with a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both swine subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications) under the direction of caring adults.
For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.
For Resources such as Manuals and Publications see the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Project Page.
- All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
- All animals must be identified, owned under the care of the 4-H’er and enrolled online by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
- Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for brother(s) and sister(s).
- Workshop Verification OR Livestock Activity Sheets and Record Sheets are due into the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on July 1st. 4-H’ers not turning in the required paperwork will not be eligible to show or sale at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- All swine members must be Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certified by July 1st in order to exhibit or sell pigs at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- Purebred Registration Papers for 4-H purebred animals (gilts and barrows) are required. Family corporations and/or partnerships of 4-H members with one or more parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles or a legal guardian are acceptable.
- Copies of Purebred Registration Papers for all purebred hogs you plan to bring to the Adams County 4-H Fair must also be turned into the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on July 1st. Any purebred papers not received by such date will be eligible to show as crossbred only.
- Any situation not covered by these rules shall be handled by the proper representatives of the 4-H Swine Committee and the 4-H Extension Educator.
Entry Procedures and Fair Exhibition Specific Rules:
- Each member may show a maximum of four pigs at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- All Pens will be assigned by the Swine Committee. 4-H’ers are welcome to bring tack during the optional pen set up on Friday evening prior to fair 6-8PM only. All tack, i.e. pen dividers, shavings, feeders, fans, show boxes, may be unloaded and set up. Members that do not wish to set up Friday night will be able to unload and set up during check in Saturday morning.
- The swine committee requests that pigs be clean when bringing them to the fair. If pigs are too dirty, the swine member will be asked to clean them in the wash rack before they will be weighed.
- A 4 x 6 (landscape) picture of yourself and the animal you plan to sell in the auction must be turned in during Saturday check-in at fair. 4-H’ers Name and Animal ID must be on the back of the picture.
- All Breeds represented will select a champion. The Breed Champions and Champion Crossbred will be in the Grand Champion Drive. Top 5 placings will be selected in the Grand Drive (both the barrow and the gilt show).
- 4-Her’s are responsible for cleaning the pens which they were assigned at check in. Please note, absolutely no pen cleaning during the swine portion of the auction due to heavy traffic in moving swine throughout the barn.
Adams County Born and Raised Class:
- The classes are for the swine barrow/gilts which have been Born and Raised in Adams County.
- Any Adams County Born and Raised barrow/gilt must be enrolled online at in.4honline.com by May 15th. In addition, the 4-H member must have their Adams County Born and Raised forms completed, signed and into the County Extension office by 4:30 PM on May 15th. If this form is not turned in by May 15th, the 4-H member will not be allowed to show in the “Adams County Born and Raised” class.
- If the Champion and Reserve Champion barrow/gilt are eligible, then these exhibitors would be presented the awards and the class would not be held.
- The only placing in the “Adams County Born and Raised” barrow and gilt classes would be the Champion and Reserve Champion barrow/gilt.
- To be eligible to show in this class, the barrow/gilt must place in the top five of the regular barrow or breeding gilt class. Only the highest placing barrow/gilt would then return for the Champion Adams County Born and Raised Class.
- Awards will be given to: Champion Born and Raised Barrow, Reserve Champion Born and Raised Barrow, Champion Born and Raised Gilt, and the Reserve Champion Born and Raised Gilt. It should be made clear that this class of pigs will also show in the regular show as in the past. This class is an extra class similar to the pair of barrows class.
- The Adams County Born and Raised Breeding Gilt Class will follow the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Gilt class in the show order.
- The Adams County Born and Raised Barrow Class will follow the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Barrow class in the show order.
- The Honor System is a requirement in order for success of this class. The swine committee will make the final determination if there is an animal in question.
- Barrows must be farrowed on or after January 1, of the current year.
- Barrows will be divided into crossbred and purebred classes and will be shown according to weight with no more than twelve pigs in a class. Members that have more than one pig in a class must obtain another Adams County 4-H Swine member to exhibit their animal.
- Barrows will have the following rules:
- Barrows weighing less than 200lbs. or more than 300lbs. may be entered and shown, but will show for exhibition only and will not be able to sell through the 4-H Livestock Auction or via the consignment truck, members must remove their own animals during the livestock release time.
- Crossbred barrows weighing 200 to 300 lbs. will be divided into four divisions with a champion and a reserve in each division.
Crossbred Barrow Divisions will be:
- Light Weight 200-225 lbs.
- Medium Weight 226-250 lbs.
- Light Heavyweight 251-275 lbs.
- Heavy Weight 276-300 lbs.
There will be a Champion/Reserve Champion selected in each crossbred barrow division.
A Champion/Reserve Crossbred Barrow will be selected from the four division classes; with that winner competing for Grand Champion Barrow.
- All gilts must be farrowed on or after January 1 of the current year.
- Gilts will be divided into crossbred and purebred classes. Purebred classes will be shown according to age and crossbred classes will be shown according to weight.
- Gilts will have the following rules:
- Gilts weighing less than 200lbs. may be entered and shown, but will show for exhibition only and will not be able to sell through the 4-H Livestock Auction or via the consignment truck, members must remove their own animals during the livestock release time.
- Crossbred gilts weighing 200 to 300 lbs. will be divided into four divisions with a champion and a reserve in each division.
Crossbred Gilt Divisions will be:
- Light Weight 200-230 lbs.
- Medium Weight 231-260 lbs.
- Light Heavyweight 261-285 lbs.
- Heavy Weight 286-300+ lbs.
There will be a Champion/Reserve Champion selected in each crossbred gilt division.
A Champion/Reserve Crossbred Gilt will be selected from the four division classes; with that winner competing for Grand Champion Gilt.
- Showmanship is on a volunteer basis with members strongly encouraged to participate. Sign up at the announcers stand to participate on show day.
- Members must currently be enrolled in the Swine project and show their own animal in showmanship.
- Showmanship will be divided into 4 classes:
- Junior (Grades 3-5) Junior winner will compete in the Intermediate division the following year. Junior winner cannot repeat as Champion Junior Swine Showman.
- Intermediate (Grades 6-8) Intermediate winner will compete in Senior division the following year. Intermediate winner cannot repeat as Champion Intermediate Swine Showman.
- Senior (Grades 9-12) Senior winner will compete in premier division the following year. Senior winner cannot repeat as Champion Senior Swine Showman.
- Premier - The Premier Showman will be selected from the current Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Showman and any past Senior and Premier Showmanship winners still enrolled in 4-H. The winner will represent the swine species in the overall Supreme Showman contest. A Premier Showmanship runner-up will be selected and announced.
- Exhibitors may sell only once through the 4-H auction. Members must inform the committee of their intent to sell or take the animal home within 30 minutes of the completion of the Swine Show.
- Swine must weigh between 200-300 lbs. to sell in the 4-H Auction. Gilts larger than 300 pounds will sell as 300 pounds.
- All non-auction animals will be released after auction set-up on Thursday.
- Sale order: Grand Champion Barrow, Reserve Grand Champion Barrow, Grand Champion Gilt, Reserve Grand Champion Gilt, Champion Adams County Born and Raised Barrow, Reserve Champion Adams County Born and Raised Barrow, Champion Adams County Born and Raised Gilt, Reserve Champion Adams County Born and Raised Gilt, Pure Breed Champions, Crossbred Division Champions, Champion Pair of Barrows, Showmanship winners and then all others will be by back tag number.
- All pigs sold in the auction will be loaded on the truck and taken to the packer.
- In the event an animal is condemned by the packer the 4-H member will not receive the carcass payment for that animal.
Exhibit Rules and Requirements:
- Complete and turn in your record sheet at Mini 4-H Project Check in on Wednesday of Pre-Fair from 5-7PM.
- Show one pig at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- The pig you show at the 4-H Fair will NOT be your own pig. The pig must belong to a regular 4-H member in the Swine project. It can be a brother, sister, cousin, friend, or even close neighbor. The pig must be shown by the regular 4-H member in the 4-H Swine show. In other words, an older 4-H member cannot bring an extra pig just for the Mini 4-H member to show.
- The 4-H Swine show is held on Tuesday of the 4-H Fair. All Mini 4-H members will show together. The members will be judged on showmanship, with each member receiving a ribbon.
- Mini 4-H members will NOT sell in the 4-H Auction.
- Mini 4-H members, in grades K-2, will be allowed to show, work with, or care for animal projects after their parent or legal guardian has signed a liability release. Mini 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less. Mini 4-H members may only show, work with, or care for animals over 300 pounds when they are assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated in writing by parent or legal guardian.