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Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 5

A Market Hog Clinic has been scheduled to help 4-H and FFA members enrolled in the market hog project learn the skills needed to successfully select, feed, and sell market hogs at the 2016 Adams County Fair and beyond. The clinic, set for Saturday morning, March 5, will help members and their families learn to select the ideal market hog, about how to keep their market hogs healthy, how to feed their market hogs to an appropriate weight by fair time, and about successfully marketing finished hogs. Participants in the clinic will receive both their Ohio youth quality assurance and youth pork quality assurance certifications for the year.

The clinic will run from 9 a.m. until noon in the Senior Fair Administration Building at the Adams County Fairgrounds in West Union. Among the presenters will be Caleb Grooms, Cherry Fork Farm Supply: Brian Baldridge, Cherry Fork; Chad McDowell, McDowell Farms; and Carolyn Belczyk, Extension Educator, OSU Extension Adams County.

The need for the clinic became apparent several years ago, when many of the project animals presented for exhibition at the fair weighed either much more or much less than the acceptable market weight for that species. In consultation with stockyard representatives, Junior Fair Board members, and Extension educators, the Senior Fair Board voted in 2012 to change its show and sale rules. Animals that don’t make weight will be allowed to show, but they will not be permitted to go through the Livestock Sale. This rule places an increased burden on the educational component of the 4-H and FFA programs and presents a challenge to members and their families to have their animals make weight at fair. The weight range for market hogs in 2016 is once again 220-280 pounds.

Adams County youth who attend the clinic may also pick up official ear tags and identification cards for their hogs. Again this year, youth wanting to exhibit hogs at the Adams County Fair will need to complete an identification card for each of their market hogs and attach at least two color photos, one of each side of the hog. Exhibitors and their families will also be expected to tag their hogs with official Adams County Fair ear tags. The tag must be shown in one of the color photos, and the tag number must be clearly written on the form. Any ear notches must also be recorded on the form. Completed cards, with photographs attached, will be due to OSU Extension Adams County on or before end of business on April 15. Youth who do not pick up forms and tags at the Clinic may do so at the Extension Office beginning Monday, March 7.

The Market Hog Clinic is open to all interested 4-H and FFA members from Adams and neighboring counties. Youth will need to arrive and register between 8:45 – 9 a.m., and they must remain on site until the end of the clinic in order to receive their youth pork quality assurance certification. The clinic targets younger or less experienced hog project members, although any member is welcome. For more information about the clinic or any of the OSU Extension youth educational programs, contact Carolyn Belczyk at belczyk.1@osu.edu or via telephone at 937-544-2339.

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Submitted by Carolyn Belczyk

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