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.
Level 1 (grades 3-5)
Level 2 (grades 6-8)
Level 3 (grades 9-12)
Swine 1: The Incredible Pig (grades 3-5)
Swine 2: Putting the Oink in Pig (grades 6-8)
Swine 3: Going Whole Hog (grades 9-12)
***Manuals can be purchased online at the Education Store or the Lake County Extension office
General Exhibit Requirements
Record Sheet Required at Fair Check-In (if not exhibiting live animals, project manuals are required for completion and must be turned into Extension Office by July 1).
- Only swine animals tagged and listed on the Swine Enrollment Form at tagging may be exhibited.
- Swine project educational options exhibits are due at Swine Check-in.
- All Swine animals must comply with the regulations of the Indiana State Veterinarian/Board of Animal Health. Animals housed in Indiana are not required to have health papers. Animals housed out-of-state must have valid health papers (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is valid for 30 days for out-of-state animals.) Health papers must match animal identification. If there is a concern about the health or safety of a particular animal, the superintendent reserves the right to contact the fair veterinarian and/or release that animal to be transported off the fairgrounds.
- All pigs must be ear notched according to standard methods.
- All pigs must be born after January 1 of current year.
- All pigs must meet breed characteristics. On Tuesday, during the fair, a committee will perform breed characteristic verification. All pigs must be washed prior to 9:00 a.m.
- All pigs to be shown at the Fair must be identified by the 4-H swine superintendent(s). A veterinarian must provide documentation for any animal unable to attend tagging by identification for any animal unable to attend. Each member may tag a maximum of 10 barrows, 12 gilts, and 2 boars.
- Each member may exhibit up to 6 live barrows and 1 carcass pig. No more than 2 barrows per section and 2 gilts per class may be entered. One boar may be exhibited in a young herd with the exception of crossbred barrows, 3 may be shown.
- All pigs will be weighed at check-in. Please wash mud off at home.
- All pigs weighing less than 220 pounds will be shown in their own class, as a group, and will not be eligible for sale in the 4-H auction or the championship drive.
- Superintendents may inspect any 4-H member's pigs at any time during the 4-H year.
- There must be at least 2 pigs to make a purebred class. If less than 2 purebreds in a class it will be at superintendents’ discretion the animal will go into purebred “others” class; to be determined at fair.
- Minimum pig weight for participation in the auction is 220 lbs. Hogs over 340 lbs. may be sold, but will be adjusted to 340 lbs.
- Master Showmanship class is offered for previous winners of Senior Showmanship. Showmanship order will be Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and the Master.
- The first place animals in barrow and gilt sections will compete for Breed Championship. Grand Champions will be awarded. Placing ribbons one through ten will be awarded.
- Project Manuals will be an optional class. Members must complete 3 activities and submit to the Extension Office by July 1.
- The Champion or Reserve Champion barrow must be grade A. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected in each breed.
- 4-H member may enter two animals per breed with the exception of crossbred barrows, of which 3 may be shown.
- Barrows will be judged on market value at the time of the show.
- Barrows will be classed by superintendent.
Barrows: Chester White, Yorkshire, Spotted, Hampshire, Poland China, Crossbred, Duroc, Other Purebred Barrows
Pen of Two Market Barrows
All pens must be designated by the exhibitor at weigh-in on Monday of the fair, or they will not show.
- 4-H members may enter two gilts per class, with a maximum of six gilts per breed.
- Breeding Gilt and Market Gilt classes are offered. All Gilts will be weighed at check-in.
- Breeding gilts in the crossbred class will be sorted by weight for the show.
- The total number of gilts entered may not exceed twelve by any exhibitor.
- All gilts except Crossbreds must be from a registered sire.
- All pigs weighing under 220 pounds will be shown in their own class, as a group, and will not be eligible for sale in the 4-H auction or the championship drive.
- Market Gilts will be shown by weight only.
- To be awarded Champion or Reserve Champion gilt must be grade A.
Breeding Gilts: Chester White, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Poland China, Duroc, Crossbred, Spotted, Other Purebred Gilts
- Class 1 - January Gilt
- Class 2 - February Gilt
- Class 3 - March Gilt
- A Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be awarded.
- Young Herd consists of three breeding animals: one boar and two gilts, either crossbred or purebred, born after Jan. 1, current year.
- A Champion and Reserve Champion will be awarded on rail. 1-10 placings will be awarded to one through ten on hoof.
- Exhibitors must comply with general health regulations.
- Weight of hogs for carcass show will be 230 lbs.—275 lbs.
- Thirty hogs will be selected for processing.
- 4-H members may show one barrow or one gilt in the carcass show
Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!