All year Kelsie and Kaleb have been keeping track of the expenses and feed costs associated with their 4-H swine projects. Each Swine Club member is required to fill out a packet of information about their fair project known as feed records. By recording all feed fed and costs it is easy to calculate some important numbers and ratios like average daily gain, the amount of feed fed per pound of gain, total project expense, and estimated break-even price among others. The 4-H'ers also answer questions about challenges they encountered this year, lessons learned, and how they financed their project.
Each feed record is presented to a judge the Saturday before fair and is graded on presentation, content, and accuracy. For many young people, completing feed records is the worst part of the entire project, but after doing it for a number of years, it really isn't that bad. It just takes a while to understand how all the calculations work and what they represent.
This is the last week of preparation before the pigs are taken to fair. To find out more about the livestock show times or other events at the Calhoun County Fair, visit www.calhouncountyfair.org