- All swine must be in the possession of the 4-H member & enrolled in the 4Honline system by MAY 15.
- Identification: All swine are to be ear notched No fresh ear notches are allowed on swine at check in. All 4-H swine will be RFID tagged at check in except swine that already have a RFID tag. The ear notches of the pigs should match the ear notches you put into the 4Honline system. If ear notches don’t match, the pig may be eligible to show in exhibition only class and eligible for auction. Swine committee members will recheck and verify questionable notches after completion of animal check in. Five (5) committee members will write down their interpretation of notch number, swine chair will tally and majority number will be the official notch number and 4-H member notified of decision.
- All Purebred swine must have registration papers at the check in and they must match the pig’s ear notches or the entry will be placed in a crossbred class. A purebred pig’s registration certificate must show that the exhibitor has owned the animal either entirely or in part according to the following methods or registration, continuously from the state enrollment date until show day at the county and/or State Fair. Acceptable registrations are in the 4-H member’s name, or family name.
- A member may bring up to six pigs to the fair.
- All pigs that are entered in a purebred class will be sifted for breed characteristics by a committee. Pigs in question will be sifted by swine committee prior to show order posting and 4-H member notified.
- All swine are to arrive at the fair clean.
- During the fair, pigs are to be washed only between the hours of 9 pm and 9 am except at direction of the swine committee.
- Pens are to be cleaned between the hours of 9 PM and 9 AM except at direction of the swine committee
- The barn is to have aisles clean and gates OPEN for traffic between the hours of 9am and 9pm except at direction of the swine committee.
- There are to be no feed or water pans left in the pens unattended. This includes water tubes of any kind or hanging feed pans of any kind.
- Everyone is to use sawdust or shavings for bedding. NO STRAW.
- The Swine Barn Committee will check pens and make recommendations to a member if necessary.
- If a 4-H member has more than one animal in a class another Jay County 4-H member may show the additional animal.
- All exhibitors have to turn in a completed 4-H Livestock Records at check-in.
- Only swine exhibitors and assigned swine committee staff will be allowed in the makeup arena on show day. Makeup arena is the holding area before going into the Show Arena for judging.
- NO sprinkling cans or any kind of spray bottles will be allowed in the makeup arena or Show Arena unless directed by the swine barn committee. The 10 placing pens are included in this rule.
- To help educate the 4-Her as much as possible in the swine project, the swine barn committee will try to visit each member in the swine project. If the 4-Her needs assistance with a pig before the visits by the committee, they are asked to contact the Superintendent.
- Re-weigh - The only way a pig will be reweigh will be under the discretion of 3 members of the Swine Committee, the Superintendent plus 2 other members appointed by the Superintendent. The pig must not leave the scale area if the weight is in question. There will be only 1 re weigh.
- All pigs going on market truck MUST be washed after show.
1. Crossbred gilts will be shown by weight and classes will be divided as equally as possible with no more than 10 per class.
2. Champion awards in each breed will be presented.
3. There will be a Grand Champion and Reserve Breeding Gilt as well as a selection of 3rd, 4th, 5th overall.
4. All breeding gilts must be born Jan. 1 or later.
5. All gilts 199 lbs. and below will be sent home. All gilts 336 lbs. and over will be exhibition only. They are not eligible for championship drives.
6. The Champion gilt/barrow in each breed will compete for the Supreme Champion 4-H Gilt/Barrow. Once a breed champion is selected for any position in the overall Gilt/ Barrow selection that respective Reserve Breed Champion will be allowed to enter the ring for contention for any remaining spots in the Top 5.
1. Barrows will show by breed divided into weight.
2. It is recommended that barrows be born after January 1 the year of show.
3. There will be a Grand Champion and Reserve Barrow drive of all breeds as well as a selection of 3rd, 4th, 5th overall.
4. Barrows weighing 219 and under or 291 and over are eligible for “exhibit only”. They are not eligible for champion ship drives.
5. The Champion gilt/barrow in each breed will compete for the Supreme Champion 4-H Gilt/Barrow. Once a breed champion is selected for any position in the overall Gilt/ Barrow selection that respective Reserve Breed Champion will be allowed to enter the ring for contention for any remaining spots in the Top 5.
6. Any barrow exhibiting boar characteristics such as but not limited to: testicular tissue, boar smelling urine, etc., will be sent home. Committee will meet and discuss and vote with majority opinion as the final decision.
7. All market barrows MUST weigh 200 pound or more to exhibit. Market barrows less than 200 pounds will be sent home immediately
Indiana State Fair rules shall be used as a guideline to any situation not covered by these rules and handled by the Jay County 4-H Swine Committee.
*Classes must be entered at check in.
Division winners are eligible to advance to the next division the same year and may keep advancing if declared division winner. Once you have won a division you are not eligible to show in that division any more except advanced.
Junior: Grades 3 thru 5
Intermediate 6 thru 8 or won Jr
Senior: 9 thru 12 or won intermediate
Advanced: Already won Senior.
*The Advanced Showman will represent the Swine Project in the Supreme Showmanship Contest