From: "C. Robert Dove" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: September 18, 2013, 3:22:32 PM EDT
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>, "All County/District/State ANR Faculty/Staff & Co. UGE Addresses <[log in to unmask]> ([log in to unmask])" <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: "Tommy Waldrop ([log in to unmask])" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Penning for the GA National FAIR SWINE SHOW -- PLEASE READ -- IMPORTANT
It is hard to believe that the Georgia National Fair Swine Show is 3 weeks away. I hope everyone’s pigs have grown well. As we did in February, we will be pre-assigning pens for the fair. We will be taking the number of pigs that we expect in the show and dividing this number by the number of pens that we have available. This will give us an average number of pigs/pen. We will then divide the number of pigs that you have registered (minus the 3rd pig registered) or the number of pigs you tell us you are bringing by that average number of pig/pen and that will be the number of pens you are assigned. We do not expect there to be a shortage of pens for the fair as there was in February. We will be assigning pens by Chapter or County and we will NOT be making provisions for those within your Chapter or County that do not want to pen with the Chapter or County. It will be the responsibility of the Agents and Teachers to insure that everyone in their Chapter or County knows what pens are assigned to them and that they do not take pens that are not assigned to the Chapter or County.
To do this we need your help and cooperation. Please email Dr. Dove at [log in to unmask] by October 2, 2013 the following information. If Dr. Dove does not hear from you by the 2nd, it will be assumed that you have no preferences and you will be assigned pens where they are available. Pen assignments will be emailed on or before October 7th.
Please note that for the fair, gates will open at 8:00 AM.
1. Do you have a barn preference? We will make every effort to assign you to the barn you request, however, barn preference will be on a first reply basis. Once Sheep/Swine 2 is full, everyone will be assigned to Sheep/Swine 1.
2. How many pigs do you anticipate bringing? If have had pigs die or you know that there are those that will not make weight, please let us know. Please don’t fib to us too badly. An accurate count will help ensure there are adequate pens for everyone.
3. Do the FFA and 4-H groups from your county want to pen together?
4. Is there any reason this would create a hardship for your County or Chapter?
If you have registered pigs but are not planning on coming to the show, please let us know so that we can assign your pens to others. It is important that we get an accurate count of the number of pigs coming to the fair. As we are trying to make the unloading/check in process as easy and quick as possible, please work with us and help us any way you can.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Robert Dove and Tommy Waldrop
C. Robert Dove
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator and Swine Extension Specialist
Department of Animal and Dairy Science
248 Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science
University of Georgia
425 River Road
Athens, GA 30602