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Brie Murphy, Staff

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4-H stands for head, heart, hands, and health. Some projects that you can do in 4-H are sewing, cake decorating, photography, shooting sports, steers, pigs, sheep, and chickens.

When you do 4-H with an animal you have to take care of them tell the fair. Once it is fair time you have to show your animal. There are two types of shows, showmanship and market. In showmanship the judge is judging you for how you show your animal. In market your animal is being judged.

If you do pigs you have to take care of them from April or May all the way through August. You have to feed your pigs, clean them, brush them, and pay attention to them.

When feeding pigs you pour dry feed in a pig feeder for the first few months, then you start hand feeding the pigs. Hand feeding is when you take the dry feed, mix it with water, and add other ingredients depending on what your pigs need. You also have to shave them when it is almost time for fair.

Pigs can be very messy and need to be kept clean. Giving them baths and brushing them out helps a lot. Some pigs do not like baths so when you give them one you need to be gentle. Brushing pigs is the easiest part of taking care of them. All you have to do is brush the dirt and shavings off of them. To shave pigs you have to use clippers and cut their hairs a certain length.

Some of the supplies that you need to have pigs are:

  • Pig brushes
  • Pig stick
  • Pig feeder
  • Pig pans
  • Clippers
  • Pig waterer

Doing pigs or any other 4-H project is very fun and it teaches you leadership, and responsibility.

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