Production Swine Division Guidelines for the 2018 county fair

The Washington County Fair Swine Committee is in preparation for the spring weigh-in for production swine. New this year for the 2018 Washington County Fair, youth will have the opportunity to also show in a production gilt class. It is modeled exactly after the production barrow class in previous years. Participation in the production swine division is optional for all exhibitors. Those wanting to participate must contact the Extension Office by March 16 for their exact weigh-in time.

Production Swine Division Guidelines for 2018 Washington County Fair

a) Exhibitors may nominate a maximum of six barrows and maximum of six gilts at the production weigh-in on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Washington County Fairgrounds from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pigs entered in the production division must be weighed/tagged by committee during the Saturday weigh-in. Contact the Extension Office for your weigh-in time.

b) No pigs over 45 pounds at weigh-in will be accepted. Pigs must be ear-notched and barrows castrated prior to weigh-in (no exceptions).

c) The swine committee will strictly enforce the market weight range of 220-300 pounds for market swine entries; exception is that production swine will be allowed to surpass the 300-pound maximum and still be eligible for class entry and show due to the rate of gain feature in production divisions.

d) Those participating in swine weigh-in on March 24 are reminded to clean and disinfect transport vehicles. Bring two 4-H?ers/family members to assist in handling pigs. Isolate weigh-in pigs seven days before and after for close observation. Watch for and report any signs of illness to the swine volunteers at weigh-in beforehand. Use sterile books and gloves.

e) Families who have a certified scale on their home farms are able to do weigh-in through a scheduled facetime appointment on March 24. Contact the Extension Office by March 16 for your time.

All State Fair swine ID is done by individual families with special DNA collection tags available from the Extension Office. DNA must be returned with proper paperwork by May 10 to the Extension Office and all animal information entered into 4hOnline by the families by May 15.

For more information about the county fair production swine weigh-in or the Washington County Fair, contact the Washington County Extension office, 319/653-4811.