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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19


February 9, 2021
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Revised Online 2.9.2021

Barn Superintendent & Project Leader:   Scott Bachert    219-405-0197

Asst Superintendent & Project Leader(s):  Russ Hammer   219-261-3794   

Mark Streitmatter  219-866-4400 & Todd Denton  219-863-5804

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..


Project Rules:

  1. All animal class entries must be entered into fairentry.com by July 8.

  2. All Current Record sheets/manuals are due to your club leader by July 8

  3. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight book It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.  
  4. Slick clipping or body shaving of 4-H barrows & gilts is prohibited. Animals that are slick clipped or body shaved will not be allowed to exhibit. A minimum of one half inch of hair on the body of hogs is preferred by the packers that purchase and process these animals. Any animal deemed as having too short of hair (less than 1/2”) by packer/buyer will be severely discounted. This applies to both auction and “out” hogs. 4-H members will not receive carcass payment for animals that are condemned.

  5. A maximum of 5 animals may be shown, with no more than 3 of one gender.     

  6. All Swine will be required to receive a swine flu vaccination. Swine should be vaccinated within 120 days of the opening day of the exhibition. Swine should be vaccinated according to the label directions which often require two doses of vaccine. If exhibited swine will be sold for slaughter, careful attention to vaccination withdrawal times is warranted. Most influenza vaccines have a required 21 day withdrawal period prior to slaughter. The swine animal affidavit will be required during check in at the county fair.            




REFERENCE MANUAL: Swine Resource Handbook Ohio State University (4-H 134R). Each grade will have its own record sheet. Each family will have a shared Reference Manual to keep throughout their 4-H Swine competition years.




Show Order for 2021 is:  Bershire, Crossbred, Poland China, Hereford, Chester White, Hampshire, Spot, Landrace, Tamworth, Duroc, Yorkshire





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