The 2012 Ohio State Fair Junior Performance Barrow Division

The 2012 Ohio State Fair Junior Performance Barrow Division will allow exhibitors to showcase their junior barrows in a competition focused on growth rate, carcass composition and pork quality, along with the visual attributes that define a sound, functional market hog. In the Division, exhibitors both represent and are rewarded for exhibiting the “Best of Breed” in a breed or crossbred classes.

In additions, exhibitors can display their showmanship and pig handling skills in the showmanship competition and demonstrate their knowledge through the Skill-a-thon and Outstanding Market Hog Exhibitor Competitions. The competition come full circle with the chance to observe the pork produced and learn about pork carcasses and quality and finally, taste the resulting pork product.

To participate, exhibitors must complete the following:

  • Identify a purebred or crossbred pig from a herd or a pig provider.
  • Weigh and officially identify the pig at a nearby location between April 27 and April 30, 2012 or purchase a previously weighed and identified pig at a local sale or from a pig provider. A related list is posted at http://porkinfo.osu.edu/. The pigs can have a maximum weight 55 pounds on April 27 and 58 pounds by April 30.
  • Identified weigh sites: April 28 at the Champaign County Fairgrounds from 9 to 10 a.m. and ATI Main Campus from 9 to 10 a.m., and the Muskingum County Fairgrounds from 10 to 11 a.m.  More locations will be announced.
  • Make an official State Fair Entry by June 20, 2012.
  • Weigh the pig at the Ohio State Fair on August 1, 2012.
  • Show the pig, compete in the Skill-a-thon, and participate in Showmanship on August 2, 2012.
  • Attend the Ohio State Fair Carcass Competition follow-up Event on August 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ohio State University, Department of Animal Sciences’ Meat Science Laboratory.

Classes and Awards include purebred and crossbred classes, a purebred breed champion of each breed shown, a crossbred champion of each cross will be recognized, and a grand and reserve grand champion with an option to stay for the final junior drive. In addition, the top five rate of gain awards will be presented, showmanship and division winners will be recognized and the top 10 rate of quality lean gain awards will be presented on August 8, 2012 at OSU

For more information, contact: Steve Moeller at 614-565-6344 or moeller.29@osu.edu; Dale Ricker at 419-523-6294 or ricker.37@osu.edu; Tony Nye at 937-382-0901 or nye.1@osu.edu; and Mike Amstutz or 330-287-1380 or amstutz.1@osu.edu.

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