April 21, 2017
Over the next few weeks, students from Clarke to Colbert to Cherokee counties will go hog wild showing and selling swine to conclude the 120-day Pig Squeal project.
The brainchild of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 4-H program, Pig Squeal teaches students to select, feed, raise, care for and market swine. Participants raise two pigs, taking one hog to market and keeping one for their families.
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Guy Hall said Pig Squeal is a fun, hands-on way to connect students to food production.
“By raising and caring for these animals, students learn skills they can transfer to daily life, including responsibility, time management and dedication,” said Hall, the Federation’s Pork Division director. “Pig Squeal also allows participants to get an up-close look at food’s journey from farm to fork.”
2017 Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal event and contact information:
- April 22 at 9 a.m. at the Oneonta Agribusiness Center. Contact Blount County’s Virginia Bishop at (205) 274-2129.
- April 29 at 10 a.m. at the North Alabama Fairgrounds. Contact Colbert County’s Leslie Moore Goins at (256) 275-5701.
- April 29 at 11 a.m. at the Sand Rock Livestock Pavilion. Contact Etowah County’s Amy Burgess at (256) 547-7936
- May 6 at 11 a.m. at the Fulton Saw Mill parking lot. Contact Clarke County’s Kevan Tucker at (251) 275-3121.
- May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Boaz VFW Fairgrounds. Contact DeKalb County’s Jessica Townsel at (256) 845-8595.