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Welcome to The Incredible Pig

Book 1 Swine


Youth will enjoy naming breeds, learning swine body parts, judging market hogs, exploring a digestive system, examining a healthy pig, identifying pork cuts, practice fitting & showing & many other activities. Grades 3-5.

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Are you ready to learn more about pigs?

Through the activities in this guide, you will have many interesting and exciting challenges. You'll learn about pig parts, breeds, cost of raising pigs, how to care for your pigs and much, much more. If you don't already have pigs, some of the activities will help you decide whether or not you want to take pigs as a 4-H project. Each activity asks you to do something. Don't be afraid to jump right in, and don't give up if the activity doesn't work out the first time. You're still learning, right? The most important thing is to try. Once you try, then think or talk about what happened or didn't happen and why. Learning about pigs isn't all you will be doing. You'll also be learning about yourself, too.


Many of the things you'll learn are skills you'll use in your life, such as:

  • Speaking to groups
  • Working with other people
  • Making decisions
  • Being responsible
  • Planning and organizing
  • Learning to learn


Learner Outcomes


Swine 1 Project Guidelines

  • Do a minimum of seven activities in Level 1 of the Swine Achievement Program each year.
  • Complete Level 1 within three years.
  • Practice and develop the life skills of relating to others, making decisions, learning to learn and communicating with others.
  • Participate in a minimum of three of the learning experiences listed on Setting Goals each year.
  • Increase your swine knowledge and skills. 


Swine 1 Achievement Program

While you are having fun doing the activities, you'll also be completing Level 1 of the Swine Achievement Program. There are three levels of this program. One is included in each of the swine project activity guides. This program will help you set goals, record your successes and be recognized for your good work.


Your Project Helper


On your team supporting you and making learning more fun is your project helper. This person may be a parent, swine breeder, project leader or advisor, a neighbor or an older friend who knows about pigs. The choice is yours. As you do the activities, you'll discuss with your helper what you did and the questions in the "Talk it Over" part of each activity. Sometimes your helper will need to work with you to identify resources, including people, organizations, events, magazines and books necessary to complete an activity. Once you have successfully completed each activity, your helper will date and initial your achievement program.

Chapter 1. Selection and Judging


Chapter 4. Beyond the Pen


Chapter 3. Nutrition and Carcass