Sarah M. Smith Washington State University

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Videos

Basic Pig Handling for Youth

Publish Date: 03/15/2016

Food animal performance and profitability, meat quality, individual safety, family dynamics, and consumer perspectives are all impacted by the way people work livestock on the farm, in transportation or at exhibition. Using proper pig handling and movement practices will not only contribute to good animal care and performance, but will improve pig and human safety and public perception as youth prepare, transport, and exhibit pigs at fairs and shows. Proper pig handling will also improve youth and their family's experience and success in raising a swine project for exhibition.


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Factsheets

Marketing Pigs

Publish Date: 11/12/2014

Marketing pigs is an important aspect to profitable swine production. Pork processors have developed marketing grids that value carcasses. These grids are specific to each pork processor with premiums based on carcass weight and leanness. Although premiums depend on the pork processor, the overall trend is for processors placing more importance on carcass weight and importance on percent lean. Pigs need to be sold at an optimum weight in order to maximize profit.


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Resources Edited

Videos

Weighing Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Techniques to help youth weight their 4H and FFA show pig projects.


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Walking Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Guidelines for youth preparing their pig projects for the show ring.


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Record Keeping

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Methods, information and guidelines for record keeping in youth show pig projects.


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Pig Comfort

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Keeping pigs comfortable is an important part of daily care for pigs. This video focuses on youth show pig projects.


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Measuring Feed and Feeding Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Essential tips to ensuring youth show pigs are receiving the correct amount of feed at each feeding.


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