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Explore the swine industry, including market hogs, breeding hogs, or both. Raise or show one or more purebred or crossbred gilts, barrows or litters. Topics include breeding, health, feeding, fitting and showing, marketing and careers.

Important project information for enrolled members

Girl in blue shirt with pig

What you can do

Level 1: Swine 1 - The Incredible Pig

Learn swine body parts, judging market hogs and identify pork cuts.

Level 2: Swine 2 - Putting the Oink in Pig

Explore swine diseases, balancing rations and managing baby pigs.

Level 3: Swine 3 - Going Whole Hog

Plan a breeding system, judge breeding gilts or design a swine operation.

All levels:

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Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.

Important project information for enrolled members

Record keeping & evaluation

For adult leaders


Be a youth livestock committee member

Be a youth livestock committee member. 3 youth project members will be selected for 1 year terms to help plan and organize the State Fair 4-H Swine Project experience. Members must have extensive swine project and leadership experience. Applicants must be 9th grade or older, eligible for next year's 4-H, currently enrolled in swine project, previously exhibited at MN State Fair and complete this application. Word version - PDF - fillable version

Additional details about committee assignment.


To get involved with the 4-H Swine Project, contact your county 4-H office.

Sharon Davis, program director, science of animals

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