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From: C. Robert Dove <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:10 PM
Subject: Penning for 2014 Jr National Swine Show
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Cc: "Tommy Waldrop ([log in to unmask])" <[log in to unmask]>, RONALD E
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 Good Afternoon,

It is hard to believe that we will be weighing pigs in Perry, 4 weeks from
tomorrow.  As we have done for previous shows, we will be assigning pens
prior to the show.  *I will be posting the link for the Google Doc that we
will be using to request pen space around noon on February 2, 2015.  This
Google Doc will be open until 5:00 PM on February 13.*  The Agent or
Teacher in charge of your group should be the one who enters the data into
the Google Doc.  Parents or students should not be given the link and
should not enter any information.   As with past Jr. National Shows, we
will be very tight on pen space.  We have 1973 pigs entered in the show
this year (down 19 from last year).  Last year we had 842 pens, and I do
not expect that number to change.  I have not received the penning charts
from the fairgrounds to have an exact count of pens. Consequently, it is
critical that we get an accurate count of the pigs coming to the show so
that we can assign space so that everyone has a place to put their pigs.
Between now and February 2nd, I would ask that each of you do several

1.       Please check with your students and parents and see how the pigs
are growing and if they are still planning on coming.  Please include only
those pigs that you know are coming or that have a reasonable chance of
coming to the show on the Goggle Doc.  Please do not simply tell me that
you entered x number so you are bringing x number.  In future years we will
be using the “show up percentage” as a basis for assigning pens.    I can
understand leaving 2 or 3 pigs of the 20 you entered at home after the
local show because they did not make weight or were not as heavy as the
parents said they were.  I have a greater difficulty understanding you
bringing 10 of the 22 that you said were coming.  It is important that you
give us an accurate count of the pigs that will actually be coming to the
show. If you find out after you enter your numbers that someone is not
coming, please correct the numbers in the Google Doc.

2.       Please verify your entries with the on line data base and make
sure they are correct and that everyone is included. Every year we have
animals show up that somehow were not entered.  Please double check the sex
of each pig.

3.       Please verify that you have submitted ear notches for all of the
pigs that you have entered and that the ear notches have been read
correctly.  Please make sure that the ear notches match the tag they were
entered under.

4.       Please start locating/building dividers for the pens as you will
be housing 2 (or more) pigs per pen.  The pens are 6’x6’.

5.       Please designate 1 person (agent or teacher) who will be
responsible for inputting information for your group into the Google Doc.
If you have several groups penning together, please input the data for each
individual group and then indicate that the groups want to be penned

6.       Please verify that all of your animals have been blood tested and
that they all have health papers.  If they have not been blood tested, this
needs to be done ASAP or they may not be able to get health papers in time
for the show.  According to the State Vet’s office, health papers and blood
tests for junior (4-H and FFA) show animals showing in 4-H or FFA sponsored
shows are good for 4 months (unless the show states otherwise).

7.       Please remember that we will not assign any tack pens and that
exhibitors are prohibited from having tack boxes in the aisle.  Please plan
on bringing shelves to go over the pens.

I will send more details as to how to access the Google Doc on the 2nd.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance.

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing you soon,

Tommy:  Please forward this to the FFA listserve.


C. Robert Dove

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator and Swine Extension

Department of Animal and Dairy Science

248 Rhodes Center for Animal and Dairy Science

University of Georgia

425 River Road

Athens, GA 30602

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*Tommy Waldrop*
Area Livestock Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
office 229.386.3196
cell 229.326.3053
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