CORNING — The Adams County Fair swine weigh-in scheduled for Saturday in Corning has been cancelled for 4-H and FFA members planning to exhibit pigs at the 2014 Adams County Fair. This cancellation was made by Adams County Youth and 4-H Committee with the recommendation of Adams County Fair swine superintendents.
Cancelling the swine weigh-in is one way to not be a part of the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). PEDV is a contagious diarrhea disease in pigs. It only infects pigs, not humans or other livestock. The disease destroys the pig’s intestinal lining, which limits nutrient uptake and causes the diarrhea and near 100 percent mortality in piglets less than 14 days of age. Adult and growing pigs are affected, but have enough body reserves to withstand the virus challenge until the intestinal lining is regenerated.
However, despite the disease being in Iowa at this time, Adams County 4-H and Youth Committee and Adams County Youth and 4-H/FFA Fair Committee are still planning to have the youths swine show at the 2014 Adams County Fair July 11 through 16.
To show at Adams County Fair, youths will still have to be enrolled as Adams County 4-Hers or FFA members and their pigs will still have to be officially tagged, identified and entered as a project. Pigs must also weigh 225 pounds or more on entry day of Fair, July 13, to be eligible for the show.
This year, to enter pigs for the swine show at the 2014 Adams County Fair, 4-Hers must:
1. Pick up the number of tags needed at Adams County Extension beginning Friday.
2. Tag their own pigs with these official 4-H tags.
3. Ear notch each pig for a unique permanent identification number.
4. Enter all their pigs in the 4-H online program under the exhibitor’s name by April 30.
FFA members must follow steps one through three the same as 4-Hers for Adams County Fair. However, their step four is to enter all of their pigs on the official Adams County 4-H/FFA Swine ID sheet and turn it in to the Adams County Extension by April 30. These official ID sheets can be picked up at Adams County Extension, as well.
Other questions about PEDV or Adams County 4-H and FFA swine project and Adams County Fair should be addressed to Adams County Extension, 603 Seventh St., Corning, or 641-322-3184.