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2021-2022 Livestock Approved 4-H Education Meeting List
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IMPORTANT 2022 Swine Updates related to the Dane County Fair (DCF) and information from the Meat Animal Sale Committee (MAS) – please read all below if you plan on participating in the Dane County Fair:

  1. The DCF is no longer a terminal fair. This means that participants will be responsible for transporting their swine home, to a processor, or to a market. The swine committee will not facilitate transport of the hogs for processing or sale, including Meat Animal Sale hogs. If participants intend to have hogs butchered for family use or for private sales, they should contact their processing facilities now to ensure a processing slot.
  2. Because the Fair is not terminal, swine shown will require a negative PRRS and PEDV test for your facility/herd. This is in addition to the veterinary health check. This test will cost approximately $80 to 90. The Swine Department will try to provide test kits, but this is not guaranteed so you may need to contact your vet if we cannot supply.
  3. The use of the feed additive ractopamine (Paylean) is not allowed for DCF swine. This reflects the market trend where major processors will not accept swine that have been fed this feed additive. They are responding to their buyers who make this demand.
  4. A breeding gilt class has been added. A pig shown as a breeding gilt cannot also be shown as a market gilt and is not eligible for the MAS.
  5. If you have questions, please contact Dick Straub (richard.straub@wisc.edu) or Blayne Outhouse (farmerblayne@gmail.com).


Mark your calendars for an additional education opportunity for those in the Swine Project. There is no need to pre-register for these in-person meetings.

  • 4-H Swine Showmanship and Grooming Education Meeting – Showmanship is the one area of showing livestock that the exhibitor has the most control. In showmanship, you are judged on your abilities to control and present your hog in the show ring and holding pen and answer questions about your project. This education meeting will share how you can successfully prepare to show your animal. Contact Blayne Outhouse with questions – farmerblayne@gmail.com
    • Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11:00 AM - Noon at the Outhouse Family Farm, 5132 Cty Rd A, Oregon


Dane County Fair Swine Check-in

Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the 4-H/UW Extension Office on Fen Oak Drive, Madison.

All paperwork will be provided. Contact Dick Straub at Richard.straub@wisc.edu with questions.




4-H Swine Education Committee

The 4-H Swine Education Committee provides county-wide leadership for educational workshops and support within the project. Contact the committee members noted below with questions regarding educational meetings and support in the project.

Swine Committee Chairpersons:

Dick Straub – richard.straub@wisc.edu
Kelli Outhouse – hogwifeouthouse@gmail.com
Blayne Outhouse – farmerblayne@gmail.com




Dane County Fair Meat Animal Sale (MAS) Information

The Dane County Meat Animal Sale is managed by the Dane County Meat Animal Sale Association. This association is an organization of interested persons whose purpose is the organization and operation of the Dane County Meat (Large) Animal Sale. This is an independent association and is not connected to the Dane County Fair Board, Dane County 4-H Leaders Association, UW-Extension Office, or any other group. For questions, contact Todd Kluever at (608) 273-3029 or DaneCountyMeatAnimalSale@gmail.com.


The Meat Animal Sale will be held at the Dane County Fair on Friday, July 22 at 6:45 PM in Pavilion 2, Showring B.

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