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Spokane County 4-H

Questions for Fitting and Showing Competitions: Swine

Prepared by: Dr. Jan R. Busboom, Extension Meat Specialist, Washington State University, Revised May 10, 2006


Junior 4-H Questions
What is the sex of your pig?
What do you call the opposite sex?
What is the breed of your pig?
Name another breed of swine?
What vaccinations has your pig received?
What wormer has your pig received and how was it administered?
Name body parts of swine
Name wholesale cuts of pork.
What is average daily gain (ADG)?
What is the ADG of your pig?
What has your pig been eating?
How much do you feed it per day? (I try to get them to answer in pounds)
What percentage protein is in your feed?
What is a subcutaneous (s.c., SubQ) injection and where do you give it?
What is an intramuscular (IM) injection and where do you give it?
What is the meaning of withdrawal time for a drug?
In the Junior Finals, some Intermediate/Senior 4-H/FFA Questions may be used to break ties
Intermediate/Senior 4-H/FFA Questions
Any of the Junior 4-H Questions Plus:
What do you call an intact male pig?
What are female swine called?
Name 5 key nutrients.
What is a normal body temperature for swine?
What is gestation length in swine?
What is the estrus cycle length?
How many boars would you need to breed 100 sows?
Name three white breeds of swine.
Name three colored breeds of swine.
Is it legal to feed animal protein by-products to swine?
What is B.S.E.?
What is T.S.E.?
What is a normal birth weight for a pig?
What would be an average life expectancy for a cow?
How many stomachs does a pig have?
Name two grains.
Can you safely feed sheep feed to your pig? Why or why not?
Can you safely feed beef feed to your pig? Why or why not?
Name one vitamin and one mineral contained in your swine feed.
What do you like or dislike about this pig?
If you could improve your pig what part or attribute would you change?
How did you prepare your pig for the show?
Define Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship
Name one (or more) swine disease and tell me what you know about it?
What is the significance of hoof and mouth disease?
What is a prolapse? Symptoms? How to treat? (There is more than one type)
What is coccidiosis? Symptoms? How to treat?
What is mastitis? Symptoms? How to treat?
What is TGE? Symptoms? How to treat?
What is E. Coli scours? Symptoms? How to treat?
What is pneumonia? Symptoms? How to treat?
What is white muscle disease? Symptoms? How to treat?
What are the USDA Pork Carcass Grades?
What factor(s) is (are) used to determine USDA Pork Carcass Grade?
What is the USDA Grade of your pig (or that pig)?
What is the ideal commercial market weight (or fat thickness or loineye area)?
What is PSE Pork?
What is PSS?
What is the Napole gene?
What is PayLean?
What are the five primal cuts of pork?
What is an EPD?
Other Skillathon type questions:
Protein requirements of pigs of various ages
Identify retail cuts
Roast (Usually at least 2 inches thick) versus steak or slice (usually ¾ to 1 inch thick)
Ham (leg) cuts, loin cuts, shoulder cuts, belly (bacon), spareribs
Identify various parasites such as round worms, tape worms, lice, flies
Identify feedstuffs such as molasses (smell it), soybean meal, corn, wheat, oats, barley, peas, limestone (its ground up rock with no smell), meat and bone meal (smell it).
Identify swine equipment.

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