Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Show off Their Prized Pigs; Members of 4-H and Futures Farmers Clubs Register for the Clay Fair

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Students Show off Their Prized Pigs; Members of 4-H and Futures Farmers Clubs Register for the Clay Fair

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Here, piggy.

Last weekend marked the official start of the Clay County Fair's 2007 swine show and competition.

Fair officials registered, tagged and de-wormed 83 young pigs at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The fair is April 5-14.

To enter a pig, students must be an active member of Clay County 4-H or a Future Farmers of America chapter, attend at least one three-hour educational workshop at the Clay County Agricultural Center and all fair meetings.

Students must also find three potential buyers for their pig and complete a 26-page Livestock Record Book, which documents the animal's daily food intake, expenses, pictures, and a three-page narrative describing their experience raising their animal.

At weigh-in on April 9, pigs must weigh between 220 and 300 pounds to qualify. Prizes for best swine include ribbons, cash from $5 to $100, belt buckles and jackets.

The pigs will go to auction April 13. In years past, pigs have been sold from $3 to $50 a pound, said livestock chairman Mike Morgan, whose son, Dustin, has earned his college tuition by raising award-winning pigs, one of which sold for $9,500. …

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