Please read the following email from Dr. Dove and make your request.

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From: C. Robert Dove <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 9:54 AM
Subject: 2016 Ga. Jr. National Swine Show Penning Request -- IMPORTANT
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Agents and Teachers,

Please read this entire email, it contains important information as to how
to request pens for the Ga. Jr. National Swine show.  Failure to follow
these directions will mean you may not have pens assigned to your group for
the show.  As we have done for previous shows, we will be assigning pens
for the Ga. Jr. Natl. Swine Show prior to the show.  I expect penning
assignments to be posted to these same lists on Feb. 15.  The Agent or
Teacher in charge of each 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.*   Entries are up this year so pen space
will be tighter than in past years.  *The deadline for entering information
is 12:00 PM on February 12, 2106. *

We have 2126 pigs entered in the show this year (up 153 pigs from last
year) with 1910 (up 118 from last year) eligible to show (removing the 3rd
pig for those that entered 3).  Based on the barn layouts that I have been
sent (attached) we will have 852 pens.  The number of available pens is
still subject to change. IF all 1910 pigs show up this means that we will
average 2.25 pigs per pen.  Historically, 75-80% of the eligible pigs are
weighed in at the show.  This means we can expect around 1425-1550 pigs in
the barns.  With ~850 pens this means we should have plenty of pens,
housing pigs 2 pigs/pen.  However, unless you tell me that pigs are not
coming, I have no way of knowing the number of pigs each group is bringing
and I have to assume they are all going to attend the show. * Please get an
accurate count of the pigs that are coming to the show and include that on
the form.*  Every pen in the barns will be assigned, there will be no extra
pens.  Please make sure that you bring pen dividers to separate the pigs in
the pens if you so desire.

I have attached a PDF file that lists the number of pigs entered and the
number of pigs eligible to show for each group within each county.  Please
look this list over and make sure it is accurate.  If it is not accurate,
then you will need to contact Dr. Silcox as there is a problem with your
entries (my number match exactly with the entries on file).  The columns on
the right side of that document represent the historical “attendance” rate
for pigs from each group (2013-2015).  This was calculated by taking the
number of pigs weighed (including outs) and dividing that by the number of
pigs I was told were coming to the show.  I would like to thank those of
you who have worked hard and provided me with accurate numbers.  For those
groups that have averaged less than 65% over the last 3 years, your penning
assignments may be adjusted to reflect your attendance rate.  If you are
one of those groups with low attendance figure and there have been
significant changes in your program (new teacher or agent or facilities or
new group of exhibitors) please email and explain the situation and I will
not hold the past against you.

Before you go to the Google Doc to enter the number of pigs you expect to
bring to the show and to request barn and pen location in the barn, please
do the following.

   1. Please check with your students and parents and see how the pigs are
   growing and if they are still planning on coming.  Please make sure that
   all pigs are of a weight that they have a realistic chance of making show
   weight.  Please leave all of your light and heavy pigs at home.  *
   Please remember that each exhibitor can only bring two pigs to the show.*

   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
   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
   4. 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 together.  It is
   important that I have numbers for each individual group.
   5. 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).
   6. *Please enter your group’s information prior to 12:00 PM, February
   12, 2015.  *The link to the Google Doc is:

Please remember that it will be necessary to house pigs at least 2 per
pen.  Please plan on bringing dividers so that you can separate the pigs if
needed.  The pens in both barns are 6’ x 6’.  Also, please remember that
tack must be stored above the pens.  Tack boxes are not allowed hanging out
in the aisles.

Please remember that you are making barn and location requests. I will do
my best to honor them, but not everyone can be penned in the 3 most popular
rows in the lower barn.

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


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 Animal Science Teacher
South Region Agricultural Education
office 229.386.3196
cell 229.326.3053
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