Kansas State University will host Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day on Feb. 16 at Weber Arena in Manhattan.
“We’re planning a fun-filled day of activities where youth, parents, swine project leaders and others can increase their knowledge and experience of swine production and management practices,” said Kristine Clowers, youth livestock coordinator in K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. More than $600 in prizes will be given away.
Kyle Baade, herdsman for Penner Genetics, Plymouth, Neb. will be the featured speaker. Penner Genetics specializes in purebred breeding stock and high quality club pigs. Presentations will also be given by K-State faculty and graduate students.
The day begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. Educational sessions include:
- Selecting Your Youth Project;
- Skillathon (non-competitive);
- Nutrition of Your Show Pig;
- Educational Materials for Your Swine Project and Livestock Nominations;
- Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA)+ Certification Session (optional);
- Pig Care: From Purchase to Show Day; and
- Hands-On Showmanship.
The day will end with a final questions and wrap-up session.
The cost to attend is $10 per person if paid by Feb. 1 and $15 after that date. All participants receive a K-State Show Pig Guide, Skillathon practice, T-shirt, and a complimentary lunch.