How to Choose a Pig for Show

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How to Choose a Pig for Show. Looking for a show pig? Choose a breed with good body structure and one that matches your personal preference.

Things You'll Need

  • Feed Bucket Holders
  • Feed Buckets
  • Pig Dusting Powders
  • Pig Feed
  • Animal Water Buckets

Look for an active pig with sound muscle tone and straight legs and body.

Analyze the pig's health. Avoid purchasing one that is lame or has a rough hair coat, dull eyes, a cough, or diarrhea.

Look for a pig with a sleek hair coat, tightly curled tail and bright eyes.

Choose a pig that will have the proper weight in time for the fair. The ideal weight at most fairs is 200 to 240 lbs.

Look at the pig's mother if you can. The sow's body structure will help you visualize what your piglet will look like as an adult.

Talk to your 4-H leader or county agricultural agent about pig sales or private breeders for hints on where to look for your perfect pig.

Tips & Warnings

  • Healthy pigs gain from 1.5 to almost 2 lbs. a day if fed properly. Multiply the number of days to the fair by 1.6 to find out how many pounds the pig can gain by fair time.
  • If this is your first time raising a pig, don't be afraid to question other exhibitors, breeders, extension office personnel, or farmers about their personal preferences and experience.
  • Watch your pig closely when you first bring him home. The stress of hauling your pig can cause eating problems and sickness.
  • If your pig shows signs of being sick, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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