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Swine weigh-in is March 30
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MONROE - Swine Show participants for the 2013 Green County Fair must have their pigs identified and weighed from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 30 on the north end of the swine barn at the Green County Fairgrounds.

Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of five barrows for the fair. Barrows will be on test a period of 108 days. The recommended weight for barrows on March 30 would be in the range of 50 to 60 pounds, with a maximum weight at 75 pounds and a minimum weight of 25 pounds. Barrows must weigh at least 225 pounds by the fair to show and at least 235 to sell in the Green County fair livestock auction.

Each barrow will be weighed and identified with an official USDA radio frequency ear tag that contains a computer chip with information about each pig. To help eliminate the threat of disease, transmission exhibitors will be responsible for handling and holding their own pigs during the weigh-in. Market Gilts are not required to be identified at this weigh-in.

Green County swine exhibitors must be certified in the Meat Animal Quality Assurance Program prior to June 1 to be eligible to exhibit swine at the Green County Fair. Swine exhibitors who need to be certified or recertified must attend one of the two certification sessions that will be conducted in Green County. The sessions will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the Green County Justice Center, Monroe, and Wednesday, May 22 at the Juda Community Center. Swine exhibitors will be able to sign up and register for the training session of their choice at the swine weigh-in on March 30.

Before the pigs can be weighed and identified, exhibitors and a parent will both be required to sign affidavits at the weigh-in stating that their fair barrows originated in the U.S. as part of the County of Origin Labeling law. Many Green County swine exhibitors purchase their animals from someone else. Exhibitors who purchase their project animal should obtain a Country of Origin affidavit from the seller. The affidavit provides additional evidence of the validity of the Country of Origin.

Swine exhibitors are also required to have a Wisconsin intrastate movement certificate stating that the herd of origin has been inspected for disease within 30 days of the county fair by a veterinarian. The certificate must be turned in to the swine superintendents when the pigs are brought to the fair this summer. If pigs are purchased outside of Wisconsin, they will need a certificate of veterinary inspection that includes a statement stating that they have not received pseudo rabies vaccinations and an official identification number.

For more information, contact Mark Mayer, UW-Extension agriculture agent, at 608-328-9440.