Weigh-in set for market hogs
The Obion County Junior Livestock Program will weigh in market hogs May 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Obion County Fairgrounds in the Hunter Miller Livestock Barn.
Exhibitors must be in the fourth through 12th grade as of Jan. 1, 2008.
When the hogs weigh-in May 6, they cannot weigh more than 105 pounds, but must weigh at least 60 pounds. The suggested weight is between 80 and 85 pounds, University of Tennessee Extension agent Ranson Goodman said. When the hogs weigh in for the show on Aug. 11, they must weigh between 230 pounds and 275 pounds. Market hogs weighing 229 and lower will not be allowed to show. The show will be on Aug. 12.
An exhibitor can weigh in up to three hogs, but will only be able to bring one hog to the show. “Remember, if something happens to one of the hogs tagged for the show, it cannot be replaced. Therefore, it would be better to weigh in more than one hog,” said Goodman.
A person can exhibit in all three shows — steer, lamb and hog — but will only be allowed to sell one animal during the livestock sale.
The open junior market hog show will be held Aug. 13 at the Obion County Fair. “This is an excellent opportunity for you to show your extra hogs that you do not show on Tuesday,” Goodman said. An exhibitor can show up to two market hogs in the open show on Wednesday, therefore being allowed to weigh in three hogs, showing one on the Tuesday of the fair and the other two on that Wednesday.
Exhibitors interested in the Herdsman Award should remember they will be judged on citizenship, leadership and their record-keeping manual.
Show sticks must not exceed 30 inches in length. A few are still available for sale through the Junior Livestock Association for $10 each and will be this sold on a first-come first-served basis.
For more information, contact Goodman at the Extension office at 885-3742.
Published in The Messenger 4.29.08