Recommendations for Traceability and Use of USDA Premise IDs for Swine Exhibition at Terminal Shows in Florida

Animal disease traceability has become an increasingly important topic within animal agriculture. This 2-page document describes how Premise Identification Tags can be used for disease traceability. Written by Heidi Hill, Morgan McKinney, T. Langford, Clayton Roland, Charles Carr, and Pamela Hunter and published by the UF/IFAS 4-H Youth Development Department, October 2018.

Ultrasound and Carcass Merit of Youth Market Cattle (AN279)

Figure 1. Technician using real-time ultrasound machine.Market cattle shown at county and state fairs and other youth shows across the United States are food animals. The endpoint value of food animals is primarily based on their carcass merit. Ideally, carcass merit should be assessed from actual carcasses. However, when carcass data cannot be collected, ultrasound evaluation of market cattle is an excellent method to accurately assess differences in fat thickness, ribeye area, and percentage of intramuscular fat within the ribeye. This 7-page fact sheet was written by Chad Carr, Dwain Johnson, and Mark Shuffitt, and published by the UF Department of Animal Science, June 2012.

Best Practice Checklist for Management of a Swine Show for Youth (AN274)

Figure 3. Pig behavior and handling diagram.The management team for a swine show for youth should have a plan to manage the facilities, pigs, and personnel in a way that allows the show to be as stress-free and educational as possible. This 3-page fact sheet includes a checklist of information about unloading pigs, the size of the show ring, and pig handling training so that show managers know how to prepare for their show. Written by Chad Carr and Justin Crosswhite, and published by the UF Department of Animal Science, December 2011.

Conducting a Successful Livestock Show for Youth (AN268)

youth showing a hogWant to plan a livestock show for youth that will serve as the educational summit of the livestock project experience? Make sure the entire event is as stress-free as possible for the livestock, youth exhibitors, their families, and show management and as educational as possible for youth exhibitors, their families, and all public spectators. Consider the recommendations in this 4-page fact sheet written by Chad Carr, Justin Crosswhite, Jennifer Shike, and Heather Shultz, and published by the UF Department of Animal Science, December 2011.

Incorporating Growth Performance with Youth Market Hog Shows (AN257)

Florida, like many other states, has extensive youth swine exhibition programs but little to no commercial pork production. To remain relevant, the focus of these programs should be both educational and industry-applicable. By incorporating growth performance, youth swine shows can provide opportunities for education about growth performance and lean gain per day on test, and reward genetically superior animals. This 6-page fact sheet explains how such an exhibition program would work. Written by Chad Carr and Travis Arp. Published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, January 2011.