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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
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
raising pigs info
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.
feeding a pig
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
pig draw
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
sponsorship basics
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.
swine evaluation traits for weaner pigs
Swine Evaluation Traits for weaner pigs
  • Muscle
  • Leanness
  • Structural Correctness
  • Balance
  • Growth Potential
  • Volume
muscle
Muscle:
  • Loin
  • Ham
  • Ideally you want a groove down the top and a dimple before the tail head.
  • Wider standing
leanness
Leanness
  • 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
structural correctness
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
balance
Balance
  • 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

tail set
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
other important considerations
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).