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About the Swine Project

The 4-H Swine project is an excellent way to learn about an important industry. Through this project, you can learn about all aspects of the pork industry by raising a market or breeding animal.

Members will receive a printed resource manual when they sign up for a swine project. LEARN MORE

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Market Swine Nominations for County and State Fair

Members and animals MUST attend SWINE TAG IN event on Saturday, May 6, 2017

In order to nominate market swine for the 2017 Boulder County Fair, youth must attend the swine ID day on May 6, 2017. At the tag in, the following must be turned in for each pig:

  • Orange State Fair nomination sheet designed to list multiple animals
  • $3 nomination fee per animal

Tags will be placed in the Right ear to comply with State Fair. 

The State Fair nomination sheet includes a pig drawing on the back for recording ear notches. Make sure you have recorded ear notches correctly. If the pig does not have ear notches, please put at least one notch in each ear prior to attending the swine tag in. Consult a swine project leader or the Extension office for help recording ear notches. Ear notches will be checked at fair. PIGS NOT MATCHING THEIR NOMINATION CARD MAY BE INELIGIBLE FOR THE MARKET SWINE SHOW.

Reading Swine Ear Notches

Be sure to check the new fair rules that outline the 2017 Boulder County Fair swine show as a BREED SHOW.  The pigs will be identified at tag in for their breed standards. If for some reason the breed changes (a York changing to a crossbred because of the development of a spot) that will need to be adjusted on entries for fair.

There is a $3 nomination fee per pig. This fee covers the cost of the tags and tagging equipment. Remember to include fee in your record book.

Don’t forget Ak-Sar-Ben, if applicable contact Brenda (303) 678-6381.

Breeding Swine Nominations/Animal ID

Breeding swine is another project 4-H members may participate in. In order to identify your breeding animals for the 2017 Boulder County Fair, youth must attend the swine ID day on May 6, 2017.

UPDATE: – youth will not have to complete the ANIMAL ID form previously released as we have decided ALL Breeding animals must attend the Swine ID day on MAY 6. Remember: youth may dual enroll their gilts in the breeding swine and market swine project; however they must complete TWO record books on these animals. The information must be listed under the project columns of Market Swine as well as Breeding Swine.

If youth have animals that will NOT be showing at fair, but still part of their 4-H project, they will need to complete the form linked here to identify their animals: http://boulder.extension.colostate.edu/4h/animalid/