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February 27, 2020


General Rules


1. New for 2018, to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is an annual program that can be completed by attending a training workshop in person or by completing it online. For information about training workshops, check your 4-H Newsletter for dates or contact the County Extension Office, 824-6412. Registration for all workshop trainings and to complete the process online, go the http://yqca.org. There is a registration fee of $3 per person for training workshops and $12 for online certification. Check with the County Extension Office for registration coupons. NOTE: Swine members with a valid Pork Quality Assurance Certification (PQA) will be accepted until they expire.

2. All animals must be enrolled in the 4-H Online system by May 15. This must be done in order to show at the 4-H Fair and also at the State Fair.

3. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member except for brothers and sisters and then only on separate forms.

4. A member may bring up to six (6) pigs to the fair.

5. All animals will be identified by ear notch. Refer to 4-H swine manuals for complete details.

6. All pigs must have an RFID tag before check-in. Tags are available in the Extension Office. Each member can receive 3 tags free, after that tags are $3 each. 

7. All animals must meet State Health Requirements. (See Health Requirements Section.)

8. All swine must be born on or after January 1st of show year. It is recommended that they are born before February 15th of show year. 

9. Feed records should begin May 1.

10. All animals must be in possession of the 4-H member by May 1.

11. Feed record and project record sheet must be completed and turned in at the fair. (See Animal Project manuals in General Rules of the front of the Rule Book.)

12. All Market Swine selling through the auction are for harvest and within a reasonable amount of time.

13. All swine must be shown in market classes to be eligible for sale in the Livestock Auction.

14. All swine in must have hair that is at least ½ inch long in order to sell. Animals having less than ½” hair may be condemned by the processor and the 4-H member may not be paid by the processor.

15. Only one market pig may be sold in the 4-H Livestock Auction.

16. No perishable gifts during auction

17. Weight requirements for swine:

          A. Classes will be determined by the Swine Committee.

          B. The ideal weight range for swine is 220- 290 lbs.

          C. Market Swine weighing 219 lbs and under can show in the underweight class but cannot compete for champion. Swine 219 lbs. and under cannot sell in the auction.

          D. Market swine weighing 220 – 290 lbs. will be able to show and sell in the 4-H Auction.

          E. Market swine weighing 291 lbs. and over can show in the overweight class but cannot compete for champion.

          F. Market swine weighing 291 lbs. and over will be able to sell in the auction. However they will only be paid for 290 lbs.

          G. The intent of these weight requirements is to stress realistic market weights for the swine show. All market swine under 200 lbs. (199 or less) will be sent home. 

18. Purebred swine must show true breed characteristics.

19. Swine breed classes must have at least three (3) animals in order to have a separate class. Breeds with less than three will show in the “All Other Breeds” class.

20. Show order will be determined by the Swine Committee.

21. Exhibitors must keep exhibits and exhibit stalls clean. They must furnish their own bedding. Dirty pens will be tagged and must be cleaned within 12 hours. At the discretion of the superintendent, exhibitors with unclean pens may have their premium money withheld and / or will not be allowed to sell at the Livestock Auction.

22. Wood chips are required for use in the Swine Barn. No straw is allowed in the Sheep / Swine Barn. This is a State Fire Marshal rule.

23. Extension cords should be no longer than six (6) feet in length.

24. After the Auction, once an animal is loaded onto the truck for market, it cannot be unloaded without immediate committee review and approval.

25. The drug Banamine may not be administered to swine while at the 4-H Fair. Notify the swine superintendent if your animal has health issues. Drugs must be administered by a veterinarian.

26. An overall Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, 3rd overall, 4th overall and 5th overall will be chosen in the Grand Drive for barrows and breeding gilts. Reserve Champions of each breed will be considered if the Champion of their breed has been selected, until top 5 is complete. Follows Indiana State Fair Rules. One 4-H member may receive two of these awards. 

27. The animals will be entered in the 4-H Livestock Auction Swine Sale order as follows:

        a.  Grand Champion Barrow

        b.  Grand Champion Market Gilt

        c.  Reserve Grand Champion Barrow

        d.  Reserve Grand Champion Market Gilt

        e.  Champion Born & Raised Barrow

        f.  Reserve Champion Born & Raised Barrow  

        g.  3rd overall

        h. 4th overall

        i. 5th overall

        j. Breed Champions   

        k. Reserve Breed Champions 

        l.  Royal Showmanship Winner  

        m.  Senior Showmanship Winner  

        n.  Junior Showmanship Winner  

        o.  Beginner Showmanship Winner  

        p.  Rookie Showmanship Winner  

        q.  Any 10 year 4-H member  

        r.  All other 4-H members determined by random drawing

28. All breeding gilts and State Fair swine are released from the fair on the evening of the swine show. All swine members wishing to take swine home must have shown proof of State Fair entry by presenting their receipt at swine check in. All members taking swine home must be checked out by the swine committee/barn superintendent. Release of swine will start at 10 pm or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the last event in the livestock arena (if after 10 pm). Check out will conclude at 12 midnight. No other time will be given for early release without the approval of the swine superintendent or veterinarian.



1. Barrows will be shown by breed, with all weights showing together…with a maximum of 10 per class. If there are more than 10 in a breed, they will be divided by weight.

2. All entries in purebred classes must present registration papers at the 4-H Fair Swine check-in. Registration papers must be as individuals or litter. (See General Rules in front of the Rule Book on Registered Animals.)

3. A 4-H member may show 2 purebreeds of any breed or 1 purebreed and 1 crossbreed or 2 crossbreed barrows.

4. 4-H barrows must be ear notched. Ear notches must be recorded in the 4-H Online system.

5. All animals must show true breed characteristics.

6. All barrows must be weighed as they are unloaded at the northwest corner of the Swine Barn. Weights will break by the pound for sale and show.

7. Club members may show only two barrows. If both barrows are in the same class, another 4-H member may show the second animal.

8. Champion ribbons will be awarded in each breed. Grand Champion Barrow will be selected.


Breeding Gilts

1. All entries in purebred classes must show registration papers at the 4-H Fair Swine check-in.  Registration papers must be as individuals or litter. (See General Rules in front of the book on Registered Animals).

2. 4-H gilts must be ear notched. Ear notches of purebred gilts must be recorded on the registration papers.

3. Any gilt not eligible for registration may show in the Crossbred Gilt class.

4. Members may show two breeds of gilts. Crossbreed animals are considered a breed.

5. Gilts may be shown in the following breeds: Berkshire, Chester White, Crossbred, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, Poland China, Spot, Yorkshire, and other breeds.

6. Classes will be divided by birthdates.

7. Champion ribbons in each breed will be awarded. A Grand Champion Gilt will be selected.


Market Gilts

1. Gilts may be entered in the Market Gilt class and will be judged on their market characteristics.

2. All breeds will show together in the Market Gilt class thus breed registration papers are not needed.

3. Gilts shown in this class can be sold by the 4-H member in the 4-H Livestock Auction. (See Livestock Auction Rules.)

4. Gilts shown in the Market Gilt Class cannot be shown in a breeding class.

5. Members may exhibit 2 Market Gilts.



See Showmanship & Royal Showman in front of this Rule Book for appropriate dress and showmanship rules.


Swine Barn Rules

The following rules are for Swine members during the week of the 4-H Fair.

1. No re-weigh of pigs once they have left the scales.

2. If you do not have registration papers at check-in, your pig will be put in Crossbred class. No exceptions!

3. All swine must have RFID tags in prior to check in. Each family is allowed six RFID tags free of charge. Additional tags are available for purchase at $3.00 per tag. Tags should be picked up prior to May 15th of show year so they can be entered into the 4-H Online animal enrollment. 

4. Pens will be assigned at barn set up.

a. Two pigs per pen unless otherwise requested prior to barn set up. Requests need to be made to the barn superintendent by July 1st. 

b. It is suggested two pigs per pen due to limited space. You may use a divider. 

c. Members not at barn set up will be assigned pens, two pigs per pen unless prior request for individual pens. 

5. Swine barn workers during check-in, will take the exhibitor and pigs to your designated pen.

6. No feed / tack pens.

7. No pigs can be beside or next to other species.

8. No pigs can be moved to another pen without consent from Barn Superintendent first.

9. Read swine rules in 4-H Rule Book.

10. Pens must be kept clean, even after show day.

11. No swine out of pens while other livestock are showing in the livestock arena. If you feel you need to, please contact the Swine Superintendent or a member of the Swine Committee. 

12. Put all manure in designated area.

13. Sign up for Showmanship on Tuesday morning on the swine bulletin board near arena.

14. Remove all feeders, fans, and waterers from gates before auction starts on Thursday.

15. If you are selling another specie in the auction it is your responsibility to tell the swine committee by Wednesday morning.

16. Breeding Gilts cannot be sold at auction.



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