A swine project teaches youth the biology of monogastric animals (which are, in many ways, much like humans) through learning by doing.
- Guide to Youth Swine Projects
- NYS Fair Empire Youth Scholarship Contest(scroll to bottom of main page)
- Annual NYS 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest
- Youth PQA Plus online training – Youth PQA Plus® is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages eight to 19.
The New York State 4-H Swine programs consist of the Empire Market Hog program, the swine breeding program and a variety of educational and competitive activities. All 4-H Swine projects can be completed at county level and at the New York State Fair.
A market hog program may be started with feeder pig(s) weighing about 40-50 pounds. The pigs are then fed for an additional 3 to 3 1/2 months until they weigh about 220-250 pounds, and are ready for market or showing at the fair. Carcass information can be obtained for evaluation and education.
In a breeding program, start with either purebred or crossbred gilt or sow. A gilt may be selected and reared from a feeder pig and later mated and cared for through gestation and farrowing for the next year’s programs.
Keep complete records of all pigs for program evaluation and personal information.
Participants will learn practical aspects of animal nutrition, care and management, physiology, reproduction, marketing and bookkeeping.
AUDIENCE: Youth 5 to 19 years of age.
- Penn State 4-H Market Swine Project Reference Guide
- Empire Market Hog Book (this is an older book, but still useful)
- American Association of Swine Veterinarians
- Exploring Swine Health and Husbandry National 4-H Peer Reviewed Product #08456 – can be purchased, along with other swine resources at 4-H Mall (shop4-h.org)
- eXtension Swine
- Ohio State Learning Lab Kits are now available for 4-H Educators to borrow from our resources page. They may also be purchased from the Ohio State website.
- Pork Quality Assurance booklets can be obtained from the National Pork Board, P. O. Box 9114, Des Moines, Iowa 50306,phone #515-223-2600, FAX 515-223-2646, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- National Pork Board
- A Champions Guide to Youth Swine Exhibition: Biosecurity & Your Pig Project (2013)
- New York Pork Producers
- New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Swine Laws and Regulations
- Northeast Beginning Farmers
Contact: Dana Palmer