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.
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.
Free curriculum from Utah State 4-H. Registration is required for download access.
- Fair Pigs Biosecurity lesson
- Basic Biosecurity for tagging 4-H swine
- AnSci Updates for 2018 - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science ID requirements and processes (ID worksheets, forms, etc.)
- Swine information sheet - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science projects lease fact sheet
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species - posted Dec 21, 2017
- Animal science 4-H premise ID information
- Cloverbud information sheet
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping - Reflect on your project and share it.
- Animal Science Project Interviews - Junior Level (PDF)
- Animal Science Project Interviews - Senior Level (PDF)
- General livestock judging reasons sheet (PDF)
For adult leaders
- Livestock Quality Assurance Training
- Minnesota 4-H Science of Animals
- 4-H Regional & State Project Bowls
- Minnesota State Fair
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
To get involved with the 4-H Swine Project, contact your county 4-H office.