4-H Swine Project Kicks-Off with Workshop

4-H’ers and parents gathered Wednesday, March 11 for the Know Your Swine Session at the Washington County Extension Office. Those just starting their 4-H swine career were encouraged to attend and learn some basics on swine care, facilities, equipment, feeding and showmanship tips.

Washington County Pork Producer, Joel Huber, shared early care, facility and biosecurity tips. The Pork Producers help sponsor this class by providing speakers for this class and interviewers in July when these exhibitors share about their 4-H swine experience. While 4-H swine superintendents Bruce Kauffman and Ryan Gerot gave suggestions for animal health, fair care, and herdsmanship. 4-H senior swine showman Taylor Brinning shared a variety of tips regarding pig skin care, demonstrated showmanship techniques, and gave tips on exercising pigs. Dean Sieren, of Sieren Pork, was present to answer questions regarding the Single Source Commercial Swine Class which is in its sixth year as a special swine class at the Washington County Fair. All speakers have a strong connection to the current swine industry and were able to answer questions for 4-H members.