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 raise and show a market hog at the 2014 Adams County Fair. The clinic, set for Saturday morning, March 1, 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 hog showmanship and show preparation. 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 8:30-11 a.m. in the Senior Fair Administration Building at the Adams County Fairgrounds in West Union. Among the presenters will be Joseph Wright, W. C. Milling, Seaman: Casey Baldridge, local hog breeder and showman; Dr. Darren Stanfield, Adams County Fair veterinarian; 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 hog in 2014 is once again 220-280 pounds.
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 8:15 and 8:30 a.m., and they must remain on site until 11 a.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 937.544.2339.