Each year, over 1,000 swine are shown by their exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Read on below to learn more about swine terminology, where you can find them at the Fair, and the type of competitions they are shown in during their stay.
Quick Swine Facts:
Key Swine Terminology
- Swine: the scientific name referring to animals in the pig family
- Boar: a mature male swine
- Sow: a mature female swine
- Piglet: a newborn swine
- Barrow: a young, castrated male swine
- Gilt: a young female swine
- Hog: a mature swine (usually weighing more than 120 pounds)
- Pig: a young swine (usually weighing less than 120 pounds)
- Sounder: refers to a group of swine
Common Breeds Shown at State Fair
- Berkshire, Chester White (shown in photo above), Duroc, Hampshire, Hereford, Landrace, Poland China, Spotted, Tamworth, Yorkshire
Where Can Swine Be Found?:
Swine & Goat Barn
Swine are shown by their exhibitors at the Fair between Thursday, August 1 – Thursday, August 8.
Swine will stay in the Swine & Goat Barn as follows:
|Aug. 1-2||Swine (Aug. 2 closes @ 2 pm)|
|Aug. 3-4||Swine (Aug. 4 closes @ 2 pm)|
|Aug. 5-8||Sheep (Aug. 8 closes @ Noon)|
The Swine & Goat Barn is open daily from 9 am – 9 pm except where noted in the table above.
Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard
Swine can also be seen every day during the Fair from 9 am – 9 pm in the Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard.
Swine Event Descriptions:
All sheep shows are held in the Swine & Goat Barn Showring with the exception of the Grand Champion Drive on Aug. 7 held in the Case IH Coliseum.
Stop by the Swine & Goat Barn to see these events:
- Showmanship: the exhibitor is evaluated on their knowledge of and their ability to handle and maneuver their animal
- Breeding Stock: swine are evaluated on the presence of desired maternal attributes, the overall correctness of their body proportions, and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed
- Market Barrow or Gilt: swine are evaluated on their idealness for meat production, the overall correctness of their body proportions, and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed
- Bred & Owned: in order for a swine to be eligible for this class, the exhibitor must have owned the swine’s mother and raised the swine from youth. The swine are then evaluated on the overall correctness of their body proportions and how well their characteristics match the standard for their breed
- Grand Champion Selection: the judge selects an overall champion within a specific type, breed or gender of swine
- Supreme Champion Selection: the judge selects an overall champion across all types, breeds or genders of swine