LaGrange County 4-H

4-H SWINE Project

Updated 2021

Exhibit options for all levels

One or more hogs shown by the 4-H youth; a poster; an interactive demonstration.

  1. Youth enrolled in the 4-H Swine project must complete Youth Quality Care Assurance training prior to exhibiting animals at the fair.
  2. All 4-H pig exhibitors must supply their own feed and bedding.
  3. All pigs entered in the 4-H Swine Show must be ear notched and enrolled on Indiana 4-H Online by May 15th. Refer to and observe the BOAH Health rules specified for all species as well as swine.
  4. An Indiana Premise ID number is required to exhibit in the 4-H Swine Show. The Extension office has the forms to properly register livestock sites, or for more information and to register your farm or location where animals are housed, contact the Indiana Board of Animal Health at (317) 544-2381 or by email at animalid@boah.in.gov Additional information can be obtained at the BOAH web site: in.gov/boah/index.htm
  5. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health papers) is NOT required to exhibit animals originating from Indiana.
  6. Pens will be picked out by the 4-H Member at the Fair Clean-Up night.
  7. All swine entering the barn for exhibit will be unloaded at the south main loading docks between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the opening Saturday of the 4-H fair. At that time, they will be numbered and weighed before being released to their assigned pen. Hogs will be weighed only once.
  8. No animals will leave before Friday at 12:00 p.m. unless the Swine Committee determines the individual animal has health concern.


Exhibit Classes

  1. The Breeding Gilt and Market Hog shows will both have a breed show as well as the crossbred division. Each purebred animal will have to show registration papers (must be in exhibitors or their families name) at the scales.
    1. A breed will have its own class if there is 3 or more animals in the class.
    2. If there is not 3 animals for a breed they will be put into a class called “All Other Purebreds or AOP”.
  2. A Grand Market Class will be offered for barrows and market gilts weighing between 220 and 290 pounds.  These classes will be divided by weight after entry and will be posted in the swine barn.
  3. All sale arrangements must be made after the weigh in and cleared with the superintendent.
  4. Gilt Show – Members may show two breeding gilts and two in the market class.
  5. Breeding gilts weighing more than 350 pounds will not be enteredMembers may exhibit no more than 6 hogs at the fair
  6. The Swine Committee will try to have a truck for your hog to be sold to a buyer, who will pay the support price. If one is not available you will have to take the animal back home.
  7. Awards will be presented at the Livestock Banquet.

Division champions may advance only one division per year.

  • Future Showmanship will take place between the breeding gilt and market show.
  • First Year Showman: Third or fourth grade.
  • Junior: Grades 5-8. Past winners are ineligible.
  • Senior: Ninth grade and above. Plus past Junior winners
  • Premier Showman will include all past senior showmanship winners and the current year’s senior showmanship winner.
  • Exhibitor must use their own animal in showmanship unless approved by the swine committee.