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Wayne County 4-H Swine Department

Things To Consider Before Taking A Swine Project

Think about how much space is required to house a market hog.  Do you have enough physical space and the proper shelter?  Are you aware of feed costs and and have you budgeted for them?  Are you prepared to invest the money and time involved in caring for, grooming, and walking a market hog to be ready for the fair? Are the youth and parent(s), guardian(s), or other adult helper(s) prepared to make the time and financial commitment?  Swine projects are very rewarding but can also be time intensive and somewhat expensive.

2023 Swine Calendar of Events

  • Enroll in 4-H through 4-H Online by April 1st (note: clubs may set an earlier deadline)
  • May 1st - June 1st - Tags are available for pick up from the Extension Office - Monday - Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm
  • June 1st - Obtain and care for your project animal(s) on or before June 1st
  • June 1st - Complete Animal ID for all possible animals (including family back-ups) that you could possibly enter in the fair through 4-H Online on or before June 1st.  Help sheets are available at
  • June 1st - All hogs must be tagged
  • June 1st - Ractopamine affidavit signed and uploaded to 4-H Online
  • June 15th and June 19th - Skillathon Interviews - check our Skillathon page for more information.
  • July 11th - Oustanding Market Exhibitor Exam - 5-9 pm, Fairgrounds Event Center, See the Outstanding Exhibitor page for more information.
  • Complete Quality Assurance Training by July 26th.  QA will be offered in person. See the Quality Assurance page for more details.
  • August 1 - Jr. Fair Class Entries Due - Make all Junior Fair Class Entries by 11:59 pm at
  • September 7th - Swine Fair Check-In / Weigh-In - 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Swine Barn
  • September 8th - Swine Fair Check-In / Weigh-In - 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Swine Barn
  • September 11th - Swine Showmanship Show - 8:00 am - Event Center
  • September 12th - Market Swine Show - 8:00 am - Event Center
  • September 14th - Swine Auction - 8:30 am - Event Center

Swine Project Books

Swine Project Guidelines and Forms

Swine Animal ID Requirements

2022 Swine Animal ID Help Sheet - overview of how to enter Swine Animal ID in 4-HOnline and lists which fields and forms are required and which are optional.

Swine Clinic / Educational Resources

  • May 20th Clinie - more information to come

Swine Outstanding Exhibitor Awards Program

Swine Outstanding Record Books

  • The Outstanding Record Book Awards are designed to recognize youth that take time to thoroughly complete their records books adding in details and financial, feed, and health records from throughout the entire project including final market auction price and calculating their profit or loss for those taking market projects.  Youth wishing to have their record books judged should turn them in to the Extension Office by October 4th.  Awards are presented at the Fall 4-H Recognition Banquet.
  • Market Swine Outstanding Record Book Award Rubric

Swine Junior Fair Information

Swine Committee

  • The Wayne County 4-H / FFA / Jr. Fair Swine Action committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and carrying out the swine program in consultation with and under the authority of OSU Extension and the Wayne County Agricultural Society (Senior Fair Board)
  • Our 2023 Swine Committee is made up of the following individuals: Jody Bair (Chair), Elise Miller, Molly Devore (Secretary), Kelton Bair, Laurie Tarleton, Zane Dilyard, Jason Hastings, Carl Way Jr., Frank Workinger, Brad Stull, Makenzie Harmon (JFB Advisor), Katie Stull (JFB Advisor and FFA), Diane Johnson (OSU Extension), Mike Gerhart (Senior Fair Board) and Sean Donley (Senior Fair Board) and Junior Fair Board members Jo Bailey, Kirsten Boreman, Emmalee Connelly, Makenna Connelly, Tyler Croft, Delaney Dudte, Lane Duplaga, Owen Grossniklaus, Briar Muller, Hunter Mullet, Lacy Ramsier, Ben Rhoads, Alexia Ridenbaugh, Brooklynn Tarleton, and Kyia Wolf.

Wayne County 4-H Swine Facebook Group

Be sure to join our Wayne County 4-H SwineFacebook Group where we share reminders, announcements, and other educational content related to the 4-H Swine program.  Check us out on Facebook at: