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, MAQA Training, Livestock Identification, and many great resources. If you have any questions, contact Mark Mayer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Green County Fair DNA Swine Kits Available March 31st!
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 ($6 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 2017 or contact Mark Mayer, Green County Ag Agent, at 608-328-9440.
2017 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.
NEW this year, the maximum weight for pigs sold in the auction has been increased 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 2017 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 2017: 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 $6 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 31st, 2017 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 18th to exhibit the pigs at the 2017 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 $6 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 2017 Green County fair.
The DNA hair samples must be returned to the UW-Extension Office by April 18th. 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 30th. For more information about changes to the 2017 Green County Fair Swine Show and registration procedure can contact Mark Mayer, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent at 608-328-9440.
Green County Opportunities
TBA, 2017 ~ Wisconsin State Fair Market Animal Identification Sampling
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit junior market barrows at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair will need to self-identify their animals with an official RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample between April 1st & May 10th. Animal identification request forms are available at www.wistatefair.com .
April 18, 2017 ~ 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.
May 3rd, 2017 ~ MAQA Training ~ Green County Justice Center, Multi-Purpose Rooms, Monroe, WI
PLEASE NOTE: NEW this year, NO testing will be done unless a participant is unable to attend the classes offered. If you are unable to attend one of the classes, you may attend a class in another county or you can try to test out. Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) is the training program youth must be certified in to exhibit and sell market hogs at the Green County Fair. This year’s training will be good for one year only as a new system is expected to be in placed next year. For this year, see the attached MAQA Flyer 2017 that explains the requirements for the different youth ages.
May 13th, 2017 ~ MAQA Training ~ Green County Justice Center, Multi-Purpose Rooms, Monroe, WI
PLEASE NOTE: NEW this year, NO testing will be done unless a participant is unable to attend the classes offered If you are unable to attend one of the classes, you may attend a class in another county or you can try to test out. Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) is the training program youth must be certified in to exhibit and sell market hogs at the Green County Fair. This year’s training will be good for one year only as a new system is expected to be in placed next year. For this year, see the attached MAQA Flyer 2017 that explains the requirements for the different youth ages.
July 17th, 2017 ~ Noon – 9:00pm – Green County Fair (Swine in place by 9:00pm), Fairgrounds
July 18th, 2017 ~ 8:00am – Green County Fair – Swine Weigh-In, Fairgrounds
July 19th, 2017 ~ 7:00am – Green County Fair – Swine Show, Fairgrounds
July 19th – 23rd, 2017 – Green County Fair, Fairgrounds, Monroe, WI
UW Saddle & Sirlon Opportunity
Due April 22, 2017 ~ SWINE Awards for Beginning 4-H or FFA Project Members
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Club has announced up to five awards of $100 each will be awarded to first or second year swine project members. To be eligible, an applicant must be a first or second year swine project member, 9-18 years old, and a Wisconsin resident. The completed 2017 swine application is due postmarked on or before Friday, April 22nd, 2017. Applications must be submitted by mail; no applications submitted via email will be accepted. Awards may be used for any expenses related to the recipients’s swine project including the cost of pigs, feed, supplies, equipment, and facility maintenance. For more information, print a copy of the 2017 Swine Press Release.
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.