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4H students show their poultry, piglets ahead of competition

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Madison Skoda and Mikaela Luke-Carter of the Blue Ribbon 4H Club of Orange County give us a preview of the upcoming Poultry and Swine Show in Tunbridge.

The show is June 15 and June 16 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds Poultry and Swine Barns. Events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Participants must be under 18 years of age but anyone can come to watch and learn.

They have several clinics and demonstrations being offered:

- Basic Animal Husbandry, which is what you do to raise and care for your poultry or swine.

- Health and biosecurity, where State Vet Shelly Mehlenbacher and local vet Tom Stuwe will talk about basic poultry and swine diseases, like what causes them, how to avoid and cure them. Also, they'll talk about what biosecurity means to the owner of poultry and swine.

- There will be breed talks throughout the day, because there are a lot of rare breeds on display and in the show, and they want people to see them and learn about them so they can protect the breed.

- We also have two clinics on competitive judging for both poultry and swine. And youth participants will be able to judge some animals and ask questions and find out what it takes to become a judge.

- There are two fitting and showmanship demonstrations for youth that want to learn how to get your animal ready for a show and what you need to learn for a show. You have to be able to handle your animal and also know a lot about your animal.

There will also be competitions, including a swine agility course, a poultry and swine quiz bowl, and some skill-a-thon for poultry and swine.

And of course -- there are Fitting and Showmanship shows.

- Showmanship demonstrates 2 things: how well you can handle your animal and how much you know about your animal. You have to have both abilities.

- A Swine Conformation Show is where your pig is compared with other pigs in the ring that are around the same age - so it is the pig being judged, not you.

- A Competitive Poultry Show is where your bird is in a cage and is judged on how close it comes to the national standard listed in the APA American Standard of Perfection. So it isn't really comparing one bird to another, it is seeing which bird is closest to the standard. That's important for some of us who are breeding birds.

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