What you'll do
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.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
Get started on your own
- National 4-H swine activity books (for sale)
- Utah 4-H swine activities (free download)
- The Ohio State University 4-H Swine Resource Handbook (for sale)
- National Pork Producers Council
- National Pork Board
Already enrolled in the 4-H Swine Project?
- Swine information sheet — posted Dec 14, 2021
- AnSci updates for 2022 — posted Dec 14, 2021
- 4-H animal ID requirements and processes
- Animal science show requirements sheet for all species
- Animal science 4-H premise ID information
- Minnesota State Fair 4-H swine marketing
- 2022 State Fair Swine Information sheet
- Cloverbuds and animals
- Leasing a 4-H animal
- Basic biosecurity for tagging 4-H swine (PDF)
- Keep Your Show Pig Safe
- Swine Vesicular Guidelines for Exhibition
- How to Read Ear Notches of Pigs
- Swine ID 101
- MLBA 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction information for market animal exhibitors at the MN State Fair.
Join the Minnesota State Fair 4-H show committee
This is a leadership opportunity for 4-H members in grade 9 and up. Represent your fellow 4-H'ers on the livestock show committee, serving with adult volunteers.
What you'll do
- Attend two face to face meetings during the year as youth representative
- Participate in 2-4 calls during the year
- Staff a 4-H livestock information booth the first two days of the Minnesota State Fair
How to apply
Selected applicants will be notified in September and will be invited to a state fair meeting in October. This is a one-year experience, and you can apply for a second year.
Joe Rand, Extension educator and advisor, email@example.com
Local livestock committees
You may be able to join your county 4-H livestock committee. Contact your local 4-H office for more information.
Fairs and exhibits
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping. Reflect on your project and what you've learned.
- Animal science project interviews evaluation — junior level
- Animal science project interviews evaluation — senior level
- General livestock judging contest evaluation with reasons
You can exhibit
Contact your local 4-H office for sign-up deadlines and more info about how to get started showing your:
- Market gilts
- Breeding gilts
See requirements for breeds, birth dates and animal ID. These are required for all swine shows (state and local).
- Livestock interviews
- Science of Animals exhibits
- General livestock judging contest
- General livestock project bowl
Find out about livestock shows near you on your local 4-H website.
Reviewed in 2020