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Swine Project Resources

National Curriculum

National Curriculum offers a set of three guides intended for grades 3-12 and a helper’s guide for those assisting with 4-H swine projects.

WSU Publications

WSU Publications offers a variety of swine related curriculum and resources.

4-H Animal Science Learning Modules

Disease Prevention is designed  specifically for 4-H volunteer leaders who work with livestock projects.  This module is one of two modules brought to you by Veterinary Medicine Extension. This training module teaches you bio-security practices and how they can be used to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading diseases while raising 4-H livestock. It is a great way to learn disease prevention while providing you with inspiration and teaching ideas so you can bring these concepts to youth in your county.

Youth Livestock Life Skills shows how youth learn life skills in a 4-H livestock project by focusing on decision making, goal setting, time management, leadership, and responsibility and commitment that can lead youth to college and successful careers. Presented by Janet Schmidt, WSU Whitman County, Extension County Director and 4-H Youth Educator.

Youth Livestock Health Record teaches volunteers and youth the value and procedures for completed the 4-H Animal Health Record and the need to document COOL and residue compliance. Presented by Sarah Smith, WSU Grant-Adams County Extension Animal Scientist.

Educational Resources

What is the Purpose of a 4-H Livestock Project? (WSU)

Youth Producers Resources (WSU)

Bio-security Activities (WSU):
“What Goes Around, Comes Around”
Charades Activity
Checklist for Livestock Exhibitors

Quality Assurance Activities (WSU):
“Making it Personal”
“Roles in the Chain”
Trust Activity
Beginner Activity
Skit Activity
“Would you Eat This?”

Ag 101 provides a brief overview of American agriculture, with a section specifically on Pork Production.

Livestock E-Quiz – This website was created by the University of Illinois Extension to help you learn more about beef, dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, swine, forage, and meats.

Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings provides recommendations for those concerned with minimizing the risks associated with animals in public settings.

Learning about Judging is an overview of the judging process.

Other Resources

Clipping Hogs is an introduction to proper washing, cleaning, and brushing techniques.

Ethics in Youth Livestock Programs gives youth an overview of how to care for their animals in a safe and ethical manner.

Market Swine Health Record

Judges Questions is an overview of some of the questions judges may ask during Fitting and Showing competitions.

National Pork Board Resources for youth.

Washington State University Extension