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Jr. Pork Day gives hands-on opportunity to learn about swine

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Written Tuesday, February 26, 2008  

Workshop to be held March 1 at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus will focus on developing evaluation skills in judging swine and will expose participants to different opportunities in the pork industry.

“Jr. Pork Day is an educational event held annually at Purdue for first and second year swine members and their parents to come and learn all aspects of pork production,” said Clint Rusk, associate professor in Youth Development and Agricultural Education and program co-coordinator.

Registration is from 8-9 a.m. in the lobby of Lilly Hall of Life Sciences. Registration costs $5 and is payable at the door. Lunch will be provided. A complete agenda is available at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/events/JuniorPorkDayMarch1.pdf .

“We will have sessions starting with pig selection so that 4-H members learn what to look for when they purchase their first 4-H pig,” Rusk said. “We also cover the diet or the ration that the pigs will eat and we go all the way through production so kids and their parents evaluating different retail cuts of pork learn how to be a better consumer when they go to the grocery store and purchase bacon or pork chops.”

Alan Grant, head of the Department of Animal Sciences, will begin the day with a brief welcome in Lilly Hall, room 1-105. Participants will be divided into three groups for the morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions will include live animal evaluation, carcass evaluation and gilt management.

During the afternoon, participants will learn about rationing the diet and understanding expected progeny differences (EPDs). There also will be a session on preparing for show day and swine showmanship, as well as a fun session—Pig Jeopardy. The day will wrap up with awards and announcements.

Jr. Pork Day is sponsored by the Crossbred Classic, Indiana Swine Breed Associations, Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences and the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

For questions and more information, contact Rusk at (765) 494-8427 or rusk@purdue.edu or Brian Richert at (765) 494-4837 or brichert@purdue.edu .

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