4-H & FFA Youth will be able to access this page for items related to the Swine Project. There is information regarding Self Identification and DNA Kits for Green County Fair Swine Weigh-In, YQCA Training, Livestock Identification, and many great resources. If you have any questions, contact the Green County UW-Extension office at 608-328-9440.
NEW in 2018:
If you exhibit pigs in another state and the pigs return to Wisconsin after the show, you must notify the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) of the movement before returning to Wisconsin and before exhibiting the same pigs at the Green County Fair. The WI DATCP may issue you an import permit, and upon re-entry into Wisconsin the pigs, herd of origin, or both will be quarantined until a herd plan is developed and See the additional details and rules from DATCP about this on the Wisconsin PRRS/SECD Rules Final and Show Pig Frequently Asked Questions handout.
Exhibitors who sell animals in any other Fair Meat Animal Auctions are not eligible to sell at the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auctions that same year. The only exception to this rule would be if their animals are sold through the Governors Auction at the WI State Fair. Youth may also participate in other Youth Fair Auctions where their animals are not sold, without losing their eligibility to participate in the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction.
2018 Green County Fair DNA Swine Kits Available March 29th!
To obtain your DNA Swine Kits, visit the Green County UW-Extension office. All Kits must be paid for at the time of pick up ($10 per pig) and will include your DNA information, RFID ear tags, and instructions for the proper procedures to use. For more details, see the attached Requirements to Exhibit and Sell Pigs 2018 or contact Jayne Butts, Green County UW-Extension Office Manager, at 608-328-9440.
2018 Green County Fair – Swine Show Updates
Each exhibitor will be able to bring a maximum of 3 barrows for the live market show. Exhibitors will be allowed to bring a maximum of four total pigs, no more than two of which can be market gilts. Market Barrows and Gilts must weigh at least 225 pounds by the fair to show and at least 235 to sell in the Green County fair livestock auction.
Again this year, the maximum weight for pigs sold in the auction will be up to 290 pounds. Pigs can be sold in the auction that are heavier than 290, but exhibitors will only be paid up to 290 pounds.
The 2018 Green County show will continue to be a terminal show with all pigs going directly to a terminal market after the fair to eliminate the possible spread of any diseases.
Barrow Carcass Class (Performance Class) will be held this year. The final placing for overall Carcass Champion and Reserve Champion Barrows will be based on 70% scanned data and 30% live placing. The Overall Champion and Reserve Champion Carcass Barrows will be sold in the auction. Only barrows can be entered in the carcass contest.
In 2018: All Market Gilts will be required to be pre-identified just like barrows and Gilts will be allowed to sell in the Meat Animal Auction.
For Supreme & Reserve Supreme Champion: The Champion Market Barrow will show against the Champion Market Gilt to determine the Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion Market Hog. The Supreme, Reserve Champion, Champion Carcass and Reserve Champion Carcass Hogs will be the 4 pigs that will be sold as champions in the auction.
All Green County fair swine exhibitors will be required to self-identify their pigs using the same method used by the WI State Fair for many years and used by Green County last year. Exhibitors will be required to tag their own pigs and pull hair samples for DNA testing from each fair pig. The cost of the new DNA test kits will be $10 per pig. Exhibitors will also be given two RFID ear tags for each animal at no additional cost. DNA test kits and ear tags will only be available for pickup at the Green County Extension Office, 2841 6th St, Monroe. The DNA kits and ear tags will be available for pick up starting March 29th, 2018 and NO kits will be mailed.
Exhibitors will be required to tag their pigs and return their hair samples to the UW-Extension Office by April 17th to exhibit the pigs at the 2018 fair. Hair samples will be pulled from the champion pigs along with several pigs at random at the fair this summer. DNA tests will then be run to ensure that the pigs are the same as those that were tagged by exhibitors this spring. The DNA testing system does have a cost; however, it’s the only self-identification method that ensures integrity and fairness for all swine exhibitors in the absence of having a weigh-in.
The Green County UW-Extension Office will loan out ear taggers for exhibitors to use for tagging their pigs. The taggers must be returned to the UW-Extension office and will be sanitized before being given to another farm to prevent the spread of disease. Exhibitors will be required to pay the $10 fee for each DNA testing kit when they pick them up. 4-H Leaders and Agriculture instructors will be allowed to pick up ID kits for their members. However, they will be required to sign and pay for all the kits that they pick up at the UW-Extension Office.
The kit will include an envelope for hair samples and two RFID ear tags. When picking up their pig identification kits exhibitors will be provided with instructions on the correct procedures for pulling the DNA hair samples and placing the RFID ear tags. The DNA hair sample envelopes will need to be signed by both the exhibitor and a parent. Exhibitors will also receive COOL forms with their ID kits. These forms will also need to be signed by both the exhibitor and a parent and returned with the DNA samples. Only pigs that are identified using the Green County ID kits will be eligible to exhibit at the 2018 Green County fair.
The DNA hair samples must be returned to the UW-Extension Office by April 17th. The hair samples and forms should not be mailed.
Swine exhibitors will also be required to complete swine health verification forms that include any medical treatments that were administered to the project animal. These forms will be distributed to exhibitors when they pick up their ID kits and must be turned in to the Green County UW-Extension Office by June 29th. For more information about changes to the 2018 Green County Fair Swine Show and registration procedure contact Green County UW-Extension at 608-328-9440.
Green County Opportunities
TBA, 2018 ~ Wisconsin State Fair Market Animal Identification Sampling
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit junior market barrows at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair will need to self-identify their animals with an official RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample between April ?? & May ??. Animal identification request forms are available at www.wistatefair.com .
April 17, 2018 ~ Green County Fair DNA Samples Due to Green County UW-Extension. All DNA Samples, DNA Forms, and Auction Entry Forms are due to the Green County UW-Extension Office in order to participate in this year’s Green County Fair.
March 17th, 2018 ~ YQCA Training ~ Green County Justice Center, Multi-Purpose Rooms, Monroe, WI 9:00-10:30 am –Class
PLEASE NOTE: NEW this year– YQCA Training replaces MAQA Training
YQCA Training Options:
All 2018 YQCA Training options MUST be registered and paid for online at https//yqca.learngrow.io
Option A – Web Based Training– Curriculum is tailored to an exhibitor’s age for a better learning experience. Available 24/7, which allows exhibitors flexibility to take the course at their convenience. Includes 3 interactive online modules and corresponding quizzes. Cost is $12 per person, per year, and MUST be paid online.
Option B – Instructor Led Training- Sessions will be held face-to-face and are limited to the first 50 youth. MUST register and pay online 24 hours in advance, before attending the training. Exhibitors need to arrive 10 minutes in advance of the session to check-in and must stay for the full 90 minutes. Cost is $3 per person, per year, and MUST be paid online at the time of registration. Exhibitors 19-21, as of December 31, 2017, CANNOT take the Instructor-Led Training, and instead must take the Web-Based Training. The instructor-Led Training option in Green County will be:
Saturday, March 17 – 9:00-10:30AM, Green County Justice Center, Monroe, – Multi Purpose Rooms 2-3
For more information on YQCA and for details to sign up, visit the 2018 YQCA Webpage.
July 16th, 2018 ~ Noon – 9:00pm – Green County Fair (Swine in place by 9:00pm), Fairgrounds
July 17th, 2018 ~ 8:00am – Green County Fair – Swine Weigh-In, Fairgrounds
July 18th, 2018 ~ 7:00am – Green County Fair – Swine Show, Fairgrounds
July 18th – 22nd, 2018 – Green County Fair, Fairgrounds, Monroe, WI
The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is registering premises as the authorized agent for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, the Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The Wisconsin Livetock Premises Registraion Act required anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises. Read more about the identification process or register online at the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
Green County Pork Producers
This organization supports and sponsors youth in various pork areas through trophy and award sponsorships as well as scholarships. Contact Larry or Linda Eakins at 608.325.9643 for more information.