This curriculum is designed as a guide for the project facilitator.  The activities and background information in this curriculum will help youth develop the requisite knowledge and skills associated with raising and showing swine. Activities are youth centered and include opportunities for the application of knowledge and skills at three different levels of experience: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Youth learn many things, including:

  • bio-security risk assessment and mitigation strategies.
  • budgeting decisions associated with raising and housing swine.
  • dietary needs of pigs at different life stages.
  • pre-show preparation; showmanship; and judging.
  • ethical decision making in caring for and showing swine.

Activity 1

Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Character Development in 4‑H

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Activity 2

Behaviour Profiles of Domestic Animals: Pigs

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Activity 3

Crossbreeding Systems

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Swine Crossbreeding Systems

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UC Davis, Veterinary Medicine

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Activity 4

4‑H Swine Project Guide

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Desirable Traits of a Hog

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Parts of a Pig

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Viewing Swine Conformation

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Activity 5

Raising Pigs at HomeResources on Swine Housing, Care, and Welfare

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Activity 6

Swine Fact Sheets

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Activity 7

USDA’s Animal Welfare Information Center

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Activity 8

Learn to take a pig’s heart rate

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Learn proper techniques to take a pig’s body temperature using a rectal thermometer

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Activity 10

Animal Health Monitoring and Surveliance

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Swine Care Practices

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Activity 11

Signs and Symptoms of Swine Disease

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Activity 12

Bio-Security and Your Pig Project

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Risk Management for Livestock Enterprises

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Information Sheets

Fitting and Showing Your 4‑H Pig

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The Basics of Swine Showmanship

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Raising a Hog for Showmanship

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The Basics of Swine Showmanship

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Iowa State University Guide to Livestock Judging

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Missouri 4‑H Guide to Livestock Judging

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Types of Swine Diets

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Swine Nutrition Guide

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