Swine Exhibition and Youth Projects

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General Iowa 4-H swine project materials and resources

Iowa 4-H and Youth swine project information
Iowa 4-H and Youth veterinary science project information
Iowa 4-H Animal Science Round-Up
Swine project management and care videos (ISU animal science)

Swine youth project resources
Amy Powell, 4-H livestock specialist, ISU animal science department
Swine Skillathon materials

Youth Information - Pork Information Gateway
Youth PQA Plus program - National Pork Board

FAQ document from ISU VDPAM addressing concerns and offer relevant information pertaining to processors accepting only pigs free of ractopamine.

Publication from ISU animal science's Jodi Sterle incorporates available ractopamine information into the decision-making process for management of market hog exhibitions, fairs and shows. The document offers information, options and explanations, yet cautions that every situation is unique and each show, fair and exhibition must make the decision that works for their circumstances.

Swine health and disease information for Iowa exhibitors

2021 Iowa Health Exhibition requirements for livestock, poultry and birds at state fair, district shows and exhibitions and for Exhibition of Livestock, Poultry and Birds at a County 4H/FFA Fair Exhibition link opens in new window/tab

PEDV factsheets for Iowa weigh-in events and county fairs (updated 2016)

Swine carcass contests at swine exhibitions

Using swine carcass information (video) - University of Wisconsin

Carcass Value Contest - background

The objective of the Carcass Value Contest is to utilize carcass ultrasound scan information to establish a market value for live pigs and rank from highest to lowest value for a contest using carcass information and pig performance.

A unique pricing matrix is used to reflect how packers establish the value of a pig carcass.

Base carcass value is adjusted for:

  1. Carcass weight discount - Discounts are used by all major U.S. packers for carcasses that are outside of the desired weight range.
  2. % lean premium/discount - The majority of U.S. packers offer premiums and discounts based on carcass lean.
  3. Carcass with a loin area 10 sq. in. or larger have a $1.00/cwt discount - This discount is in response to domestic retailers concerns of loin cuts larger than optimal size.

Contact your Iowa State Extension swine specialist for more information or to obtain a spreadsheet for carcass data entry and ranking.