Single Source Commercial Swine Project 4-H & FFA

Great Jones County Fair 4-H & FFA Single Source Commercial Swine Project
 
PROJECT OVERVIEW
The Single Source Commercial Swine Project is an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to gain valuable experience in raising pigs through a partnership with a local Jones County pork producer.
Check out the single source project flyer here
 
THE PIGS
All pigs for this project will be sold to members from a pre-determined farrowing producer so that all of the pigs have the same genetics. Barrows and gilts will be distributed evenly, as we plan to break single source classes up by gender and weights at fair.

In March, members will meet on the producer’s operation and pick their pigs. At this time, each pig will be weighed, tagged and recorded. Members will then need to transport their pig(s) to the location they will be housed until fair.
 
FAIR TIME
During the 2020 Great Jones County Fair, there will be a separate Single Source Commercial Class during the swine show that will include only pigs from this project. This class is very production driven and will have a separate judge. The champion from this class WILL be eligible to participate in the champion drive. Pigs will be transported from fair by the Pork Producers with all market pigs to be sold to the packer.
 
COST
Project participants will be able to purchase pigs at an affordable price, which will be set based on current market values (we estimate $50 per page at time of selection this spring). Apart from the initial cost of each pig, participants will be responsible for costs associated with housing, bedding, feeding, grooming, veterinarian and transportation.
 
SIGN UP
Those interested must sign up no later than Friday, February 28. This experience is capped at 60 pigs. Each participant may sign up for and purchase up to three pigs. Number of pigs MUST be designated at time of sign-up. A non-refundable deposit of $10 per pig is due at the time of signup to reserve your pig(s). To sign-up, contact Molly Schmitt or Devan Cress at mollyrs@iastate.edu, dcress@iastate.edu or 319-465-3224. 
 
Class Requirements:
• Must be active 4-H/FFA member
• Must sign-up by February 28
• Must participate in at least one swine workshop and attend the kickoff meeting for this project (March date TBD)
• Are responsible for housing and daily care of pigs from March to fair time
• Must have one identified adult mentor identified at time of signup
• Must bring at least one pig to the fair to exhibit
 
 
This class could be a great option for those who...
• Want to try a new project area
• Are just getting started in their 4-H/FFA livestock experience
• Want ease in finding pigs for fair
• Want to find pigs for fair at an affordable price
• Want the production challenge against similar DNA animals
• Want to be connected with pork
 
Sponsored by the Jones County Pork Producers. 

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