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Swine

March 9, 2021

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.

General Rules:

  1. All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
  2. All animals must be identified, owned under the care of the 4-H’er and enrolled online by the end of the day on May 15. 
    1. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for siblings.                           
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Purebred Registration Papers for all 4-H purebred animals 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.
    1. 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.
  6. Any situation not covered by these rules shall be handled by the proper representatives of the4-H Swine Committee and the 4-H Extension Educator.

Entry Procedures and Fair Exhibition Specific Rules:

  1. Each member may show a maximum of four pigs at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
    1. Members that have more than one pig in a class must obtain another Adams County 4-H Swine member to assist in exhibiting.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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 Recognition:

  1. Adams County Born and Raised recognition is  for swine which have been Born and Raised in Adams County.
  2. All Adams County Born and Raised swine are eligible, however must meet the following enrollment requirements.
    1. All swine must be enrolled online at v2.4honline.com by May 15th.  
    2. The 4-H member must additionally have the official Adams County Born and Raised form completed, signed and into the County Extension Office by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
  3. Awarding of Adams County Born and Raised Barrow and Gilts:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Awards will be given to: Champion Born and Raised Gilt, Reserve Champion Born and Raised Gilt, Champion Born and Raised Barrow and the Reserve Champion Born and Raised Barrow.
  4. 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.

Market Barrows:

  1. No age limit on barrows shown at the Adams County Fair.
    1. All swine intended for exhibition at the Indiana State Fair must be born on or after January 1 of the current year.  
  2. Barrows will be divided into crossbred and purebred classes and will be shown according to weight with no more than eight pigs in a class.
  3. Barrows will have the following rules:
    1. 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, members must remove their own animals during the livestock release time.
    2. 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:

Breeding Gilts:

  1. No age limit on gilts shown at the Adams County Fair.
    1. All swine intended for exhibition at the Indiana State Fair must be born on or after January 1 of the current year.  
  2. Gilts will be divided into crossbred and purebred classes with no more than eight pigs in a class.
    1. Purebred Gilts will show by age with maximum weight of 350lbs.
    2. Crossbred Gilts will show by weight, weighing 200-350lbs. 
  3. Gilts will have the following rules:
    1. Gilts weighing less than 200lbs or more than 350lbs may be entered and shown, but will show for exhibition only and will not be able to sell through the 4-H Livestock Auction, members must remove their own animals during the livestock release time.
    2. Crossbred gilts weighing 200 to 350 lbs. will be divided into five divisions with a champion and a reserve in each division. Crossbred Gilt Divisions will be:

Showmanship:

  1. Showmanship is on a volunteer basis with members strongly encouraged to participate.   
  2. Members must currently be enrolled in the Swine project and show their own animal in showmanship.
  3. Showmanship will be divided into 4 classes:
    1. Junior (Grades 3-5) Junior winner will compete in the Intermediate division the following year. Junior winner cannot repeat as Champion Junior Swine Showman.
    2. Intermediate (Grades 6-8) Intermediate winner will compete in Senior division the following year. Intermediate winner cannot repeat as Champion Intermediate Swine  Showman.
    3. Senior (Grades 9-12)Senior winner will compete in premier division the following year. Senior winner cannot repeat as Champion Senior Swine Showman.
    4. 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.

Auction:

  1. 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.
  2. No underweight or overweight swine will be able to sell in the auction.
  3. All non-auction animals will be released after auction set-up on Thursday.
  4. 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, Showmanship winners and then all others will be by back tag number.
  5. All pigs sold in the auction will be loaded on the truck and taken to the packer.
    1. In the event an animal is condemned by the packer the 4-H member will not receive the carcass payment for that animal.

Mini 4-H

Please see Mini 4-H Swine rules and requirements in the Mini 4-H section of this 4-H Catalog.

 

 

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