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From: C. Robert Dove <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 2:50 PM
Subject: Penning for 2019 Ga Jr. National Swine Show -- IMPORTANT PLEASE
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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 in Perry.  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. 18 or
19.  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.*  *The deadline for
entering information is 3:00 PM on February 15, 2019. *

We have 2072 pigs entered in the show this year (up 15 pigs from last
year). Based on the barn layouts that I have been sent (attached) we will
have 922 pens. The Georgia National Fairgrounds has worked hard to get us
additional pens.  Please thank Philip Gentry and his staff when you see
them for their efforts. The number of available pens is still subject to
change.  With ~920 pens this means we should have plenty of pens to pen
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. Pens are 6’ x 6’.*

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 Sarah Loughridge 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 (2013-2018).  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 75% 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 me 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 ear tag numbers and that the ear tag matches the entry
   form and is assigned to the correct student.
   4. 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.  *Ear notches of the top 10 pigs in each class will be verified
   and if ear notches do not match entry, the pig will be subject to being
   removed from the show!!*
   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
   together.  It is important that I have numbers for each individual group. *
   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).

*Please enter your group’s information prior to 3:00 PM, February 15, 2018.
 *The link to the Google Doc is: 2019 GA Junior National Swine Show Penning

Please remember that it will be necessary to house pigs 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/inside the pens.  *Tack boxes are not allowed hanging out in
the aisles. Please make all of your exhibitors aware of this before they
arrive in Perry. *

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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