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Swine 4-H Project Area

The 4-H Swine project area consists of three project manuals. Each manual covers three years of activities.  

Four 4-H Swine Project Manuals from Shop4H
    • The Incredible Pig (Swine 1) introduces you to naming breeds, learning swine body parts, judging market hogs, exploring a digestive system, examining a healthy pig, identifying pork cuts, and practicing fitting and showing.
    • Putting the Oink in Pig (Swine 2) includes managing baby pigs, balancing a ration, exploring swine diseases, preparing pork, discovering swine careers and packing a show box.
    • In Going Whole Hog (Swine 3), you will plan a breeding system, judge breeding gilts, design a swine operation and complete a job application.

    If a member completes the 9 years of project manuals, they can work with their county Extension professionals to determine their learning opportunities for their remaining 4-H years.

    Scoresheets

    Each year, 4-H members should complete 7 activities in the project manual as well as the planning pages at the beginning of the manual.

    There are not separate documents with the scoresheets for the swine project series. Scoresheets can be located inside the Record Guides on page 2.

    Record Guides

    Youth who has selected a Swine 4-H project typically are raising an animal as part of their project work. A project record guide is part of the animal science project experience.  If you enroll with an animal, you will need to select the Breeding Livestock Record Guide (Purebred Swine) or Market Livestock Record Guide (Market Hog) to accompany this project. Record guides are available in both a print and electronic format.

    Paper Record Guides

    Market Livestock Record Guides (ages based on Jan 1st of current 4-H year)

    Breeding Livestock Record Guides (ages based on Jan 1st of current 4-H year)

    Supplemental Sheet for the Breeding Livestock Record Guides

    For most species, the supplement records are lifetime production records, so the 4-H member updates these each year that an animal is a part of their project. Members will need to complete a supplement sheet for each animal included in their record guide. These supplement records will be available online only.

    Electronic Record Guides

    Swine-less Swine Project

    If you enroll in this project area without an animal, check with your local Extension professional for approval and guidelines.

    Exhibit Ideas

    • Most youth in this project area will exhibit an animal at a livestock show.
    • Poster, Story, and/or Model on one of the following topics:

      • Swine 1 - breeds, swine body parts, judging market hogs, exploring a digestive system, examining a healthy pig, identifying pork cuts, and practicing fitting and showing.
      • Swine 2 - managing baby pigs, balancing a ration, exploring swine diseases, preparing pork, discovering swine careers and packing a show box.
      • Swine 3 - a breeding system plan, judge breeding gilts, design a swine operation and a job application.
    • Examples of Blue Ribbon Exhibits

    How Do I Sign Up?

    Screenshot of 4-H ZSuite enrollment page to select project
    The first step is to create an enrollment in our ZSuite website.

    Enroll in 4-H ZSuite

    When you get to the CLUBS tab of the enrollment, you will want to ADD PROJECT.

    For Swine, you should search for:
    • RECORD GUIDE - BREEDING LIVESTOCK / PUREBRED SWINE YEAR 1 - THE INCREDIBLE PIG
    • RECORD GUIDE - MARKET LIVESTOCK / MARKET HOG YEAR 1 - THE INCREDIBLE PIG

      Project Videos

      Coming soon!

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      Animal Health & Quality Assurance (AH&QA)

      Youth exhibitors required to complete the online quality assurance training must do so starting April 1st and no later than June 30th in order to exhibit at any fair, festival or show taking place the remainder of that calendar year in West Virginia.

      College & Career Pathways

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      Careers

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      Agricultural & Extension Education Major Information
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      Agribusiness Management major Information
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