Swine is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Swine.

Swine 1
What you can do in this project: identify swine breeds, feeds and animal parts; practice judging market hogs; identify pork meat cuts; practice fitting and showing a hog.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08065, The Incredible Pig
4H369K, 4-H Swine Project Health Supplement
4H412, Judging Market and Breeding Swine
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Swine 2
What you can do in this project: make a swine health care plan; identify diseases; assemble tack and pack a show box; plan and organize a facility expansion; complete a plan for a new pork product.
Grades: 6-8
Resources: 08066, Putting the Oink in the Pig
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Swine 3
What you can do in this project: learn to make breeding and culling decisions; judge a class of breeding gilts; design a preventative herd health plan; manage a feeding program.
Grades: 9-12
Resources: 08067, Going Whole Hog
MA, Meat Animal Project Record

Swine Leader
Resources: 08068, Swine Helper’s Guide
134R, Swine Resource Handbook
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Swine? Try the links below.

Badger Livestock Judging Camp
Camp for youth who have completed grades 3-13 who are interested in building knowledge on the evaluation principles associated with market and breeding beef, swine and sheep, as well as ultrasound technology.

Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA) Training
Train-the-trainer sessions for anyone interested in teaching or facilitating the MAQA program to help youth livestock exhibitors in beef, sheep and swine learn how to produce a safe and wholesome product. Youth can attend if they would like to help teach the program.

Swine Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including swine. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H Meat Judging Contest
Competition held at the Meat Science Laboratory on the UW-Madison campus.

Wisconsin Livestock Quiz and Skillathon Contests
Program for any 4-H or FFA Junior or Senior livestock team in the state. Team must have 3-4 members. Senior team members must be ages 14-19. Junior team members must be 8-13. The top 4-H Senior team represents Wisconsin at the National 4-H Skillathon Contest held each fall in Louisville.

Wisconsin Livestock Quiz Bowl
Quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep and swine topics. Teams are divided into junior division (age 14 and under), senior division is (age 14 years and older) and mixed team (at least one youth from each age division). Counties or chapters are limited to 2 teams per division. Youth use a buzzer to answer the questions. Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a judge.

Wisconsin State Fair
Annual 11-day event held in August at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI. Site gives locations and dates for pre-registration animal weigh-ins. All exhibitors wishing to show livestock animals during the fair are required to attend one of the regionally located weigh-in sites.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Swine Project. Just follow these links!

Meat Animal Quality Assurance (MAQA)
Information on MAQA topics from the Wisconsin 4-H youth livestock specialist. MAQA teaches quality-assurance principles and management skills to youth enrolled in the swine, sheep and beef meat animal projects.

National Animal Identification System
Information on how this important new livestock animal identification system is being implemented in Wisconsin.

National Junior Swine Association

For youth, ages 21 and under, with an interest in Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire breeds of swine. Association offers a variety of opportunities including leadership conferences, scholarship programs, and national and regional junior shows with educational contests.

National 4-H Curriculum
Visit this site for updated National 4-H Curriculum information including new titles. Purchase curricula by accessing the online order form.

National Pork Board
Board dedicated to promoting pork, increasing demand, expanding markets, and providing information for all pork producers.

National Pork Producers Council
Council dedicated to enhancing the success of U.S. pork producers and other industry stakeholders. Site links to a series of programs designed to address issues affecting pork from production to consumer demand.

National Swine Registry
Swine Registry representing Yorkshires, Hampshires, Durocs and American Landrace breeds. NSR’s services include litter registrations, performance pedigrees, breed promotion and marketing assistance.

Saddle and Sirloin Club: Swine
UW-Madison student club that organizes and administers the Little International Horse Show, Badger Kick-off Classic Steer and Heifer Show, and the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show. The group also sponsors Swine Project Awards to help beginning 4-H or FFA members get started in the swine industry.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Swine
UW-Extension Animal Sciences Swine site with additional links to many swine education and resource centers, organizations, and libraries.

UW-Extension Animal Sciences: Youth
UW-Extension Animal Sciences Youth Extension site with additional links to the State Specialist, the calendar, MAQA information, State Fair results, and more.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Swine
Guide to links for many swine-related sites.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Pork Association
Association that strives to find new ways to promote consumer appreciation of pork.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Swine Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on swine, ethics, nutrition, and more.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension Youth Livestock Specialist: Bernie O’Rourke