CSU, Chico

College of Ag Hosts Annual Educational Swine Day

College of Ag Hosts Annual Educational Swine Day

The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture hosted its annual Swine Education Day at the University Farm on Jan. 25. This year's attendance surpassed last year's, with nearly 800 participants compared to last year's 650. The Swine Day gives 4-H and FFA members the opportunity to expand their knowledge about raising market hogs for county fairs and other jackpot shows.

The day started off in the morning with registration and a preview of the 12 CSU, Chico Swine Unit hogs that were to be auctioned off later in the day. Guest speaker Brady Otto from Associated Feed moved into the next hour with a presentation on market swine nutrition and general care. From there participants were split into six groups and rotated through 25-minute workshops. Workshop topics included swine showmanship, live swine evaluation, carcass evaluation, 10 steps to bringing market hogs home and animal health. All workshops were facilitated by CSU, Chico College of Agriculture students and staff. 

The University Farm Swine Unit sold 12 hogs this year at an average price of $300 per head and a high price of $450.

Swine unit advisor and animal science instructor Clay Carlson said the day was a success.  “Hundreds of participants traveled from all over the North State to attend Swine Day this year,” said Carlson. “Our swine herdsmen, staff, and other College of Ag students all played a vital role in the day’s success.”

January 30, 2014