Exhibit Introduction:

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Manual Information:  Project Manual completion is not a requirement. 4-H members are required to complete a quality assurance training. For details, please see Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care.



For more information on swine health requirements, call the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2400 or visit BOAH’s website at www.in.gov/boah/species-information/swinepigs/

  2. Identification (ONE of the following)
    1. 840 tags
  • May or may not be an RFID (radio frequency device)
  • 15 digits, beginning with “840,” with US shield
    1. NUES (brite) tags
  • National Uniform Ear Tagging System
  • Steel or plastic acceptable, with US shield
    1. Official Premises ID Number (“PIN”) tag
  • Official PIN tags MUST include a premises number and unique animal ID imprinted by the manufacturer. (Standard PIN tags usually do not include an individual ID number; therefore, owners need to specify when ordering.)
    1. Ear notch
  • Ear notch must be recorded in the book of record of a purebred registry association.
    1. Tattoo
  • Tattoo must be registered with a swine registry association.
  1. Testing
    1. Swine that originate within Indiana do not need a brucellosis test or a pseudorabies test for exhibition in Indiana.
    2. Swine that originate outside of Indiana do not need a brucellosis test or pseudorabies test as long as the state of origin is classified as brucellosis AND pseudorabies free by the USDA.

Animal Education Posters:  ALL POSTERS need to be turned in on check in day for the exhibit buildings. DO NOT turn any posters in at animal check ins.

Exhibit Introduction:
a. All hogs are the youth’s responsibility to remove from the fairgrounds. The swine committee
will not send any hogs to a packer.
b. Each class will have at least a 1st place and 2nd place finisher. 1st place in each class will compete for
Grand Champion. The 2nd place from the class the Grand Champion was selected from will return to
compete for Reserve Grand Champion.

Contact Us

Lauren Fenneman, Youth Educator
Purdue Extension Dubois County
505 W 5th Street 
P.O. Box 588
Jasper, IN  47547

Swine Project Classes

Swine General Rules

1. Member must have swine in possession before May 1st in preparation for tagging.

2. All 4-H swine must be ear tagged and barrows castrated AND entered into 4HOnline by May 15th. A
member may tag up to six (6) swine for the county fair. An additional six (6) swine may be tagged for
state fair entry only. No more than four (4) swine of the first six (6) tagged may be exhibited at the county
fair per 4-Her.

3. All state fair swine must have ear notches. Both ears must be notched, one with litter number and other
with pig number. Notches must be done at the same time. Also, DNA hair samples are required for state
fair and must be submitted to Extension office by the end of the business day May 15.

4. Members may show only those animals tagged and identified in family profile in 4-H Online. Animals may
not be switched between family profiles.

5. Swine check in, show, and check out dates and times will be in 4-H newsletter and on the fair schedule.

6. All hogs are the youth’s responsibility to remove from the fairgrounds. The swine committee will
not send any hogs to a packer.

7. Swine with dirty, unreadable ear tags will be held from check-in until the tag is readable.

8. Swine pens will be assigned at the discretion of the committee. Exhibitor must furnish own bedding.
9. Show numbers will be assigned in random order and will be received at check-in.

10. All barrows will be judged in one class market barrows. Gilts will be judged in two classes; market gilts,
and breeding gilts.

11. Market Swine Project (barrows & market gilts) – All market swine must weigh a minimum of 230 lbs. If
the animal does not meet this requirement on the first weigh-in when they arrive, they will have the
opportunity to re-weigh at 9:00 am of check-in morning to try and make weight. If at this time the animal
does not meet minimum weight of 230 lbs, they will be placed in an underweight class. Animals in the
underweight class will compete in class, but will not compete for an overall grand champion. THERE IS

12. Place ribbons will be awarded in each class. First place in each group will receive 1
st place award. 1st place winners will come back and compete for Grand Champion for Breeding Gilts, Market Gilts, andmMarket Barrows.

13. One overall Grand Champion and one overall Reserve Grand Champion will be awarded for each of the
following: Breeding Gilt, Market Gilt, and Market Barrow.

14. Swine must meet all BOAH rules. (Found at the end of the Handbook.)

15. Each 4-H member is responsible for tearing down and cleaning their pen and/or empty pens around
theirs in order to leave the grounds at checkout.

16. 4-H Swine Species Committee - this group has the responsibility of bringing needs of species to the 4-H
Council Livestock Committee, oversee check in at fair, oversee ID days, provide barn chaperones as
needed, provide volunteers to run the show, and livestock barn set up.

17. 4-H Council Livestock Committee – this group is the decision makers, review suggestions from species committees, review concerns and grievances from livestock individuals, set livestock dates, oversee and enforce rules, and procedures of the livestock program.

 Gilts may be entered as either market or breeding market gilts. Gilts will be judged as Breeding or
Market gilts. Member must declare in FairEntry/check-in which class to be entered. Breeding gilts and
market gilts will be divided into manageable classes by the committee after check in.

 Barrows farrowed December, January, February and March will be shown as market barrows.
Barrows will be divided into manageable classes after check in.

 Members compete by grade.

Junior - 3rd-4th graders      Intermediate - 5th-6th graders

Senior - 7th-9th graders       Master - 10th grade & up

Refer to Mini 4-H rules

Poster Guidelines

All poster exhibits must be 22" x 28", displayed horizontally, and have a stiff backing (corrugated cardboard or foam core board preferred) and be covered with clear cellophane, plastic or in poster bag unless otherwise stated in project requirements. Quiz Boards are not considered posters and do not require a clear covering. Leave space in the lower right hand corner of poster for project label affixed outside of covering. (Poster board, foam core board, and poster bags are available at the Extension Office at cost.) 

Leave space on exhibit for label. Label size is 2 7/8” wide x 5 ½” long and will be attached in readily visible position.

References:  All posters, notebooks, display boards must 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 web site 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 part of the display visible to the public.  The judge will not discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.


All pictures and wall hangings, etc. should be ready to hang or display. Use strong hangers (not can tabs) attached with nails or screws (not glue or tape) or provide a suitable stand. Label the stand with your name.


Exhibit labels supplied by the office are to be attached securely. There may be specific other instructions for certain projects. See individual project requirements for these instructions. Be sure all exhibit items can be identified with 4-H member name and 4-H club. i.e. notebooks, exhibits with multiple items, etc. Be sure all parts of your exhibit have your name on them.

Secrets of a Successful Poster
A successful poster will:
· Catch the eye of the passerby
· Be simple and clear
· Impress an idea or a fact upon the viewer
· Stimulate the viewer to support your idea, get more information, or take appropriate action.
· Have space left over—Posters that are uncluttered are easier to read.

An effective poster: attracts attention, focuses on a main interest or idea, and motivates you.

Planning A Poster
A poster should have one main idea. Have the reason clearly in mind before you start.
· Consider who your viewer will be
· Decide what you want them to know
· Decide what you want them to do
· Think of a clever theme or slogan
· Limit your effort to one main idea
· Make a small rough sketch
· Visual communication is an aid to what you are trying to teach with your project.

Choosing Colors
Color combinations affect how easily the message is read and the overall appearance of the poster.
· Consider the Contrast: This means you use dark letters on a light background, and light letters on a dark background.
· Let the most important items be the most important color.
· Colors that are close to the background shade will not show up well and cannot be read at a distance.
· Avoid using too many different colors. Two or three should be sufficient. You don’t want to overwhelm your main point!
· Avoid putting red and green next to each other—this is hard to focus on if a person is colorblind.
· Avoid bright neon colors—they may catch the eye, but they are hard to focus on.

· Lower case letters are easier to read than all CAPITALS. Use capitals only for emphasizing an important phrase or word to give variety.
· Save fancy or script lettering for catching the attention of the viewer.
· When hand lettering, always use guidelines. Using a ruler, lightly pencil in straight lines that can be erased when your poster is complete.
· Letters may be cutout and glued on, or precut letters may be purchased.
· Keep written material to a minimum. Use only headings, captions and signs necessary to tell the story.

Use different size lettering for items of varying importance.
· Allow margins to keep things from running together and looking too cluttered.
· Below is a table of letter sizes and their effectiveness:

*Ask your parents, 4-H Leader, or older 4-H member to look at your poster and tell you what they think.

1. Cut out all your letters, pictures and graphics.
2. Draw guidelines and place or draw in letters.
3. Lay all your pieces of your poster out on the poster board.
4. Ask yourself, “How does it look?”
5. Revise and rearrange as needed. Re-Do anything that should be a different size or color.
6. Move things around until you are happy with the overall effect and message of your poster.
7. Glue everything in place.