Judgment Day & the Pig Quiz

Today’s the day for knowledge … judging, that is.

My youngest will head to the fairgrounds in a couple of hours to be questioned, tested and evaluated on her pig smarts. She’s been studying and memorizing parts of the hog. She even gave her pig a bath last night to celebrate the occasion.

The swine handbook is pretty darned detailed about all sorts of things. Luckily an 8-year-old first-timer doesn’t have to know the heavy stuff … at least not for a few more years.

Use your cranium for more than a hat rack. That’s what I always say.

Know your breeds … I mean, it’s not too confusing. There are Hereford cows and Hereford pigs. They look about the same. And then there are all of the ‘shire breeds. I think ‘Spot’ is easiest to remember.

And speaking of breed –ing, if I were a member of the porcine persuasion, I’d be an ideal breeding gilt. Seriously! I have a long, wide, rump and a roomy middle. I’m deep in the flank with a wide chest. And hey, you should see my long, deep muscular hams. Ha!

She’s ready for this knowledge judging. We’ve quizzed and questioned and answered and explained. Go forth and be confident, child. We’ll start re-painting the show box when you get home. Prosciutto the pig deserves the very best.

And fair time is fast approaching!

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    mothergoose July 9, 2011 (7:39 am)

    Good luck tootsie loo! Ill be thinkin of ya!

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    Sal July 9, 2011 (7:58 am)

    Apt description of a breeding gilt but………… there is a problem with the underline- don’t think you’d qualify. Also one needs a curled tail to look like the happy contented pig.
    Good luck with the judging, Miss T.

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    Robyn July 11, 2011 (9:41 am)

    I remember learning all that too! Sister and I showed cattle and sheep. Dad was raised around Berkshires, but we never had the opportunity to drive any 4-H pigs.

    I still maintain that livestock is a great tool to use for raising kids.

    Hope the contest went well and Good Luck at County Fair!