4-H & FFA Youth will be able to access this page for items related to the Swine Project. There is information regarding Self Identification Photo Kits for Green County Fair Swine, YQCA Training, Livestock Identification, and many great resources. If you have any questions, contact the Extension Green County office at 608-328-9440.
If you exhibit pigs in another state and the pigs return to Wisconsin after the show, you must notify the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) of the movement before returning to Wisconsin and before exhibiting the same pigs at the Green County Fair. The WI DATCP may issue you an import permit, and upon re-entry into Wisconsin the pigs, herd of origin, or both will be quarantined until a herd plan is developed and See the additional details and rules from DATCP about this on the Wisconsin PRRS/SECD Rules Final and Show Pig Frequently Asked Questions handout.
Exhibitors who sell animals in any other Fair Meat Animal Auctions are not eligible to sell at the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auctions that same year. The only exception to this rule would be if their animals are sold through the Governors Auction at the WI State Fair. Youth may also participate in other Youth Fair Auctions where their animals are not sold, without losing their eligibility to participate in the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auction.
2021 Green County Fair Swine Photo ID Kits Available March 30th!
To obtain your Swine Identification Kits, you will need to pick up information from the Extension Green County office. There will be no cost this year for the kits and the procedures are changing. All kits include your Photo ID information, RFID ear tags, and instructions for the proper procedures to use. For more details, see the attached Requirements to Exhibit and Sell Pigs 2021 or contact Jackie McCarville, Extension Green County Agriculture Educator at 608-328-9440.
Don’t forget to also review the Livestock Auction Rules and Entry Information (coming soon) and review the SWINE Fairbook information on the Green County Fair website. Please note, the Green County Fair Animal Show information is not final yet–we are all working to complete the safest methods to use. Please fill out the 2021 Auction Entry Form.
2021 Green County Fair – Swine Show Updates
Each exhibitor will be able to bring a maximum of 2 pigs for the live market show. In 2021, exhibitors will be limited to bring a maximum of TWO total pigs, and can be two gilts, two barrows, or 1 gilt and 1 barrow. Market Barrows and Gilts must weigh at least 225 pounds by the fair to show and at least 235 to sell in the Green County fair livestock auction.
Again this year, the maximum weight for pigs sold in the auction will be up to 290 pounds. Pigs can be sold in the auction that are heavier than 290, but exhibitors will only be paid up to 290 pounds.
The 2021 Green County show will continue to be a terminal show with all pigs going directly to a terminal market after the fair to eliminate the possible spread of any diseases.
Barrow Carcass Class will be held this year. The final placing for overall Carcass Champion and Reserve Champion Barrows will be based on 70% scanned data and 30% live placing. The Overall Champion and Reserve Champion Carcass Barrows will be sold in the auction. Only barrows can be entered in the carcass contest.
Again In 2021: All Market Gilts will be required to be pre-identified just like barrows and Gilts will be allowed to sell in the Meat Animal Auction.
For Supreme & Reserve Supreme Champion: The Champion Market Barrow will show against the Champion Market Gilt to determine the Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion Market Hog. The Supreme, Reserve Champion, Champion Carcass and Reserve Champion Carcass Hogs will be the 4 pigs that will be sold as champions in the auction.
SWINE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – NEW RFID Tag SYSTEM!
All Green County fair swine exhibitors will be required to self-identify their pigs using the Swine Photo Identification procedures. Exhibitors will be required to tag their own pigs, using the RFID tags provided in you Swine Kit. You must take one front head shot photo clearly showing the ear tag in the pigs ears and fill out the Swine Photo ID Form for each pig. There is no cost for the kits this year and exhibitors will need to pick up the paperwork needed for each animal. Swine Photo Identification kits will only be available from March 30th – April 16th, 2021.
Exhibitors will be required to tag their pigs using the RFID tags provided. If you have further questions, please contact Loran Klitzman at 608-751-9858. Please keep track of your RFID ear tag numbers because you will need to enter them on your Online Fair Entries.
Swine Photo Identification forms need to be postmarked/returned to the Extension Green County Office by April 16th to exhibit the pigs at the 2021 fair. Forms can be mailed, emailed, or dropped off at the Extension Green County office. It is your responsibility to verify the forms have been received by the Extension Green County office. Swine Photo Identification forms will be verified for the champion pigs along with several pigs at random at the fair this summer. The Swine Photo Identification procedure ensures integrity and fairness for all swine exhibitors in the absence of having a weigh-in.
Swine will be tagged with ear tags at the Green County Fair on weigh-in day. More information will be forthcoming for this.
As a reminder: Swine Identification Forms must be postmarked/returned to the Extension Green County Office by April 16th.
Swine exhibitors will also be required to complete swine health verification forms, known as the Swine Madatory form for Tyson that include any medical treatments that were administered to the project animal. New this year, Swine cannot be fed any feed that contains Ractopamine (commonly known as Paylean). Print the Ractopamine Fact Sheet for Exhibitors 2020 flyer and the Show Pig Nutrition 2020 flyer for your records. You can also visit the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program webpage for more information.
Tyson forms must be turned in to the Extension Green County office by June 25th. For more information about changes to the 2021 Green County Fair Swine Show and registration procedure contact Extension Green County at 608-328-9440.
Green County Opportunities
TBA, 2020 ~ Wisconsin State Fair Market Animal Identification Sampling
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit junior market barrows at the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair will need to self-identify their animals with an official RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample between April ?? & May ??. Animal identification request forms are available at www.wistatefair.com .
April 16, 2021 ~ Green County Fair Swine Identification Forms Due to Extension Green County. All Swine ID Forms and Auction Entry Forms are due to the Extension Green County Office in order to participate in this year’s Green County Fair.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Certification
Wisconsin has replaced the MAQA program with the YQCA program, a youth education certification program on the issues of animal welfare, food safety and character education.
For 2021, this certification will be required of:
- Green County Fair Animal Exhibitors (Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry & Rabbits) – if you completed a YQCA certificate last year (2020), you must submit the certification number as part of the Green County Fair entry process. (NEW in 2021 for: Dairy, Sheep, Goats, Poultry & Rabbits)
- If you did not complete YQCA in 2020 or are a new exhibitor in the animal areas, you MUST complete the YQCA procedures.
- WI State Fair Junior Animal Exhibitors (Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry & Rabbits) – please see the Wisconsin State Fair website for rules on this.
YQCA gives families more flexibility in gaining this required certification, by offering them two different learning methods:
All 2021 YQCA Training options MUST be registered and paid for online at https://yqca.learngrow.io
Option A – Web-Based Online Training (60-90 minutes) – Available 24/7 which allows exhibitors flexibility to take course at their convenience; Will contain 3 modules, tailored to youth age categories (ages 8-11, 12-14, 15-18 & 19-21); Each module will conclude with a 10 question quiz, with opportunities to go back into the modules to find the correct answers or retake the quiz after 1 hour; Must register online at a cost of $12/person/year for the online training and MUST be paid online.
Option B – Test Out – Youth ages 12($36), 15($48), and 19($36) may choose the test out option. Youth must score 80% or better and you will only be charged if you pass the test. If you don’t pass, you will be instructed to take the web-based training. If you pass, you will need to retest when you reach the next age split.
Steps for Getting Your YQCA Certification:
Click here for Step-By-Step directions with pictures.
Create An Account—Go to: https://yqca.learngrow.io
- 4-H Exhibitors—Please sign in using the “4HOnline” option. This will save you re-entering all of your contact info.
- FFA Exhibitors—Please sign in using the “Independent Sign In” option.
Select a Course—it is IMPORTANT to select the correct course for the youth’s age, as of Dec. 31, 2020.
Purchase a Course—Select the state, and then select Web-Based ($12). MUST pay online for the course. Keep a copy of your receipt/confirmation.
Submitting Certificate of Completion—Once the training is complete, return to the course menu screen to download a PDF of the Certificate of Completion with the youth’s unique certificate number. Certificate numbers must be submitted as part of the Green County Fair online entry process.
For more information, print the YQCA Flyer 2021 or please contact the Extension Green County office at 608-328-9440 with any questions.
The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is registering premises as the authorized agent for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, the Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The Wisconsin Livestock Premises Registration Act required anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises. Read more about the identification process or register online at the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
Green County Pork Producers
This organization supports and sponsors youth in various pork areas through trophy and award sponsorships as well as scholarships. Contact Brad Grossen, President, at 608.214-4816 for more information.