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4-H Swine project kicks off with workshop

Mar 21, 2013
Photo by: Washington County 4-H Washington County 4-H Senior Swine showman Lexi Marek showed several supplies used to prepare pigs for the show ring. She shared how to exercise pigs and stressed how to keep them as cool as possible during those hot summer months. Marek was able to answer showmanship questions with ease as she is a Washington County Fair two year senior swine showmanship champion.

More than 20 4-H’ers and parents gathered Wednesday, March 20, 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.

A Washington County pork producer shared early care, facility and health tips. 4-H senior swine showman Lexi Marek demonstrated showmanship techniques, while 4-H swine superintendent Ryan Gerot gave suggestions for feed. He also explained the derby pig process.

Amy Green, 4-H/Youth coordinator, was present to answer questions regarding the Single Source Commercial Swine Class which is in its second year as a special swine class at the Washington County Fair. All speakers have a great connection to the current swine industry and were able to answer questions for 4-H members.

Please contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, with any questions regarding the 4-H swine project area, single source commercial swine class or about getting involved with 4-H.

 

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