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Superintendent-Jill Goedeken, Columbus
Asst. Superintendent - Jana Schwartz, Scottsbluff


  1. General Rules - Nebraska State Fair General Livestock Rules and Regulations apply to this department.
  2. Number of Exhibits per Exhibitor - A 4-H member may enter, weigh, and show 3 market hogs.
  3. Health Papers - All market hogs must be accompanied by appropriate health certificates. Health certificates must be presented at the Check-in Trailer.
  4. Affidavits - A completed Hormel Swine Exhibitor Affidavit and Market Animal Affidavit must be presented at check-in.
  5. Swine Identification & DNA Requirements - All market swine to be shown at State Fair must be tagged with an official 4-H/FFA issued EID tag or producer EID tag, owned by the exhibitor and have the DNA collector envelope with hair sample submitted to their county Extension office by June 15. Youth have until August 10 to declare if they will show 4-H or FFA at State Fair. Youth who choose to exhibit their animal in the FFA show at State Fair will be ineligible to show that animal at the AKSARBEN show. Hogs will be disqualified without exception if the EID information does not match the hog at check-in. 
    Note: The universal ear notch system with notches will not be an acceptable form of identification at the Nebraska State Fair.
  6. Arrival Deadline - See master schedule at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/schedule for times and dates.
  7. Check-In
    1. Weight Limits
      1. Market hogs have a lower weight limit of 230 lbs. and upper weight limit of 320 lbs. to qualify for the regular show.
      2. All light and heavy hogs will be allowed to show, but will not be eligible for purple ribbons or to compete for division awards. No weight allowances will be given.
      3. A weigh back will be incorporated for at least the top two in each class. A 5% variance from weigh-in weight will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5% variance either above or below the weigh-in weight will be lowered one ribbon group and will not be eligible for any champion awards.
    2. Weight Cards
      1. Exhibitors will declare weights of market hogs (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials).
      2. Upon arrival, exhibitors must pick up a weigh card (one card for each market hog) at the Livestock Office.
      3. Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated swine check-in time (see master schedule).
      4. The weight listed on the weigh card will become that market hog's official declared weight to be used for assignment to a class and for weigh-back purposes.
  8. Substitutions - Within the same class or division, substituting a different animal for a pre-entered animal, provided the substitute meets all ownership and eligibility rules, is acceptable and does not require prior approval from the Division Superintendent. Substitutions between divisions are not allowed (i.e. a market animal cannot be substituted for a breeding animal). In cases where a breed is listed as a separate division, substitution is allowed (i.e. an Angus heifer can substitute for a Charolais heifer; a Southdown breeding ewe can substitute for a Dorset breeding ewe; or a registered doe can substitute for a commercial doe).
  9. Show Classes - Classes will be divided into three divisions of gilts and three divisions of barrows. Division winners will be in the drive for Champion Market Gilt and Champion Market Barrow of the Nebraska State Fair. The Champion Market Gilt, Champion Market Barrow, Reserve Champion Market Gilt and Reserve Champion Market Barrow will go to a final drive for Champion Market Swine and Reserve Champion Market Swine.
  10. Show Schedule - The 4-H Swine Show will be conducted in the Swine Arena. (See master schedule at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/schedule for times and dates.) Market gilts will be judged first followed by market barrows.
  11. Grooming - All beef, swine, sheep, and goats will be subject to visual inspection and toweling (before and/or after entering the show ring) using a disposable blue shop towel for the presence of adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products. Toweling of the animal may include, but is not limited to, the topline, legs, chest, belly, flank, and cod/udder areas. If, after inspection, the animal is found to have adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products applied it will be disqualified from competition.  Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.
  12. Shipping Market Hogs - The Nebraska State Fair Swine Show is a TERMINAL show. ALL MARKET SWINE, WHETHER ELIGIBLE OR INELIGIBLE, MUST BE FORWARDED TO SLAUGHTER AS THIS IS A TERMINAL SHOW. All exhibitors must provide a Premise ID number and PQA number for all swine being marketed. Market hogs will be shipped for slaughter as soon as possible after the show. All hogs are sold in the individual 4-H member's name, grade and yield to the packer. All normal market rules in regard to animal quality and drug residues will be enforced.
  13. Swine Showmanship Contest - All exhibitors who enter a swine project at the State Fair will be entered into showmanship automatically. AGE DIVISIONS – Showmanship classes will be divided into two age divisions; Intermediate (10 – 13 years old before January 1 of the current year) and Senior (14 – 18 years old before January 1 of the current year). See Livestock Showmanship Fairbook for additional information http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/animal-science/showmanship
  14. Feeding hogs is not allowed in the wash racks.


Swine Showmanship Classes

  • G035008 - Intermediate Swine Showmanship
  • G035009 - Senior Swine Showmanship


Market Swine Classes

  • G035010 - Market Gilts
  • G035020 - Market Barrows


Carcass Contest Rules

  1. Carcass Contest Entries - All market swine have the option to participate in the Carcass Contest. Exhibitors who are interested in participating will be required to ultrasound their exhibits during check-in.
  2. Basis for Placing in Ribbon Groups - Carcasses will be grouped into ribbon groups based on the factors of carcass weight, 10th rib fat thickness from ultrasound measurement, loin eye area from ultrasound measurement and percent lean calculated from these factors.
    • Purple: Carcass weights of 181 to 215, fat thickness of .50 inches or greater, loin eye area of 10.0 square inches or less, and percent lean of 56% or greater.
    • Blue: All carcasses not meeting the requirements for Purple with weights of 167 to 229, fat thickness of .40 inches or greater, loin eye area of 11.0 square inches or less, and percent lean of 54.0 to 55.99%.
    • Red: All carcasses not meeting the requirements for Purple or Blue with weights of 167 to 236, percent lean of 52.0 to 53.99%.
    • White: All others not meeting the requirements above and carcasses disqualified for excess trim and/or carcass condemnation.
  3. Live Weight Requirement for Blue and Purple Awards - To be eligible for blue or purple ribbons, carcasses must be from barrows and gilts with live weights of 230 lbs. or greater.
  4. The carcass contest may be cancelled if the cooperating packer cannot be secured.
  5. Hogs that are disqualified or scratched from the live show are also disqualified from carcass contest placing.

Carcass Contest Class

  • G035003 - Carcass Contest