You will be learn how to select, raise and show swine at fair. We will receive animals about mid-March and the project will be complete with the Livestock Auction the last day of fair in July. This is a large time commitment, including monthly meetings, daily feedings, and weekend weigh days. You will also be expected to spend most of the second week of the fair at the fairgrounds. You don't have to own a pig to be in the project and learn about swine.
Age: 9 and older (must turn 9 before December 31, 2023)
Where: near Castro Valley
Cost: purchase swine, feed, supplies
Project Leaders: Tyler Doyle and Jessica Fortine
November Go over project details, requirements, and safety.
December Go over breeds, breeding, gestation period, and bottle feeding.
January Learn how to pick out a market pig, go over feeding, and nutrition.
February Learn about diseases, vaccines, vitals, when to call a vet, and basic first aid.
March Learn how to train and show a market pig.
April Showmanship practice.
May Go over what to expect at fair, and what equipment to bring.
June/July Be at fair every day for 10 days from when livestock is brought to fair until the auction. Be there to feed, water and clean your own pen, pen duty, showmanship and auction.
Full Project Plan