Although there is a lot that goes into showing and raising livestock, specifically show pigs, it is one of the most fun experiences that a person could have! When you think of raising pigs, most people wouldn’t think about all of the time, money, and equipment that are needed for this project, but in the end, all of that will pay off. Before deciding to join the “show pig world”, you should consider picking out that perfect hog, taking proper care of your pig, and showing your pig properly at the county fair or jackpot show!
Before you pick up your show pig, there are several important items that you should make sure that you have for your hog! One of the most important things for any animal, especially show pigs, is properly built shelter, so that they can get out of any harsh weather conditions or sun bathe when the weather is warm. Like any human being or animal, it is important to eat and drink on a daily basis. Although it is up to the showman to determine what source will be used to supply the pig with food and water, there is no doubt that the pig should have a proper feed and water source. You should also make sure that you have a show stick of choice so that you can exercise your hog daily and fitting equipment to ensure that your hog looks spotless come show day!
The pig’s pen should be an ideal size to hold a 250 pound animal, which would be about 8ft x 12ft. Since the weather can be unpredictable, the pen should have both a shaded and an open area so that the pig is able to choose where he wants to go! There should be both an area for the pig’s bedding and an area for the pig to go to the bathroom, but the most important thing is that there is enough room for the hog to move around comfortably, since that is where he spends a lot of his time!
Show pigs aren’t some dirty farm animals, like a lot of people assume they are, but if they don’t get the proper care and attention they need daily, they could become “dirt farm animals.” Show pigs should be walked daily or at least let out of their pen so that they can get the right amount of exercise that they need! Much like humans, their hair should be brushed and their skin should be moisturized every day! Once it is warm outside, you should also give your pig a bath twice a week to keep their skin moisturized and to cool them off! They should be fed twice a day and their pen should be cleaned out every day!
Working your show pig on a daily basis is one of the most important things when raising show pigs, since nobody likes a psychotic animal! When you first get your hog, you should start by sitting in the pen with it for the first few weeks so that it is able to become comfortable with you and it will get to know you. After the first two or three weeks, you can begin walking your pig daily with your show stick of choice. Gradually add five minutes to your daily walks so that you will end the year walking your hog for around 30-45 minutes every day! Practicing showmanship...