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Puget Sound Junior Livestock Show and Sale. Mt. Baker FFA. When? Where?. June 5-7, 2014(Thursday-Saturday) Miss 1 day of school (Friday) and probably Thursday. Skagit County Fairgrounds Haul to FFA barn on June 4 or prior Students may stay there with adult

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When? Where?

  • June 5-7, 2014(Thursday-Saturday)

  • Miss 1 day of school (Friday) and probably Thursday.

  • Skagit County Fairgrounds

  • Haul to FFA barn on June 4 or prior

  • Students may stay there with adult

  • 8:00 am Friday and 8:30 am Saturday

  • Show pig in Type and Fitting and Showing

  • Clinic on fitting and showing in April

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Raising Pigs Info

  • Can be kept at barn with barn agreement

    • Student pays $250 to Mt. Baker FFA on tag date. Remainder balanced at the end.

    • Student must sign a barn contract!!

  • Can be kept at home

    • Need constant water supply

    • Heat lamp and straw until March

    • Mr. Rightmire will weigh 1 time for students never showing before, student weighs at least twice

  • Must be kept dry and clean

    • Shelter from wind and rain

  • Plan on investing up to $500 in feed, hog, etc.

  • Free choice feed until 220 pounds – that means all it will eat!!!!

  • Worming and dusting pig

  • Pigs will have all vaccinations

  • Must feed a quality balanced ration

  • Sicknesses must be reported promptly and with a rectal temperature

  • Keep a notebook with all info in it, record book, and calendar.

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Feeding a pig

  • 18-19% protein (Crude Protein)

  • Elenbaas Excel 18 or Laurel Farm Supply Feed

  • 13 bags of feed usually (650 lbs) - $18 +/- a bag

  • 1.0% minimum lysine content

  • Free choice feed until 230 pounds – starts at 4 lbs/day. Gradual increase to almost 10-12 lbs per day

  • Calculating gain per day

  • Monitoring weight is important

  • Keep fresh feed, no mold

  • consider a self feeder if you will be doing this for a while

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Pig Draw

  • Based on activity points

  • Expensive hogs vs. cheaper hogs

  • Date –

  • Location: FFA barn

  • If not taken that day, $1.50 per day for feed. Or provide feed

  • 2 pigs are better than 1

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Sponsorship Basics

  • Necessary for a student to make money

  • Needs to be done early (April/early May)

  • Money stays with the student who received it

  • Sell hog (corporate sponsor) = $400/pig or whatever you want to charge (it is your pig)

  • Additional sponsors = $150+

  • All animals sell no matter what. If you make or lose money, that is up to YOU!!!

  • Mr. Rightmire bids on animal, Keizer hauls pig to butcher

  • Total money divided by weight = Price per pound

  • This is an artificial auction in most cases.

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Swine Evaluation Traits for weaner pigs

  • Muscle

  • Leanness

  • Structural Correctness

  • Balance

  • Growth Potential

  • Volume

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  • Loin

  • Ham

  • Ideally you want a groove down the top and a dimple before the tail head.

  • Wider standing

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  • Over loin edge

  • Jowl

  • Observe shoulder blade movement when walking

  • At the lower third of the ham.

  • Toughest to evaluate and predict at weaning

  • Picture of pig is lean, but very shallow body, no rib shape

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Structural Correctness

  • Length/width of body

  • Width of eyes tells a lot about the future look of the pig.

  • Taller/bigger isn’t better.

  • Levelness of top

  • Soundness of feet and legs – hocks and knees

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  • Design

  • Proportion

  • Completeness

    Ex. Pietrians are a breed that are not extremely well balanced as they may be overly muscled. Usually indicated by unusual black spotting

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Tail set

  • Higher on ham is more desirable, as close to being part of the back as possible.

  • Pretty good indication of muscle and structure!!

  • Lower tail set (down ham) – not desirable

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Other important considerations

  • Rib shape is more important now

  • Depth of body, not a lot of space between belly and ground.

  • Don’t base it on size (differs due to age, etc).