Should you Show Pigs?

Riley Wight, Staff Writer

When you’re thinking about getting into the show pig industry this is always the question you ask yourself. I mean hey some of us that have been doing it for a while still ask ourselves that question every year. It’s a lot of commitment and time but if you really think about it, it’s all worth it in the end. 

To get to your answer you first need to ask yourself these two questions. Are YOU willing to make the commitment? Do you know what exactly you are getting yourself into? The answer to the first one is a simple yes or no but the second one, that one takes some thinking and research. So all you gotta do is ask someone who knows what they are doing. 

Committing to it is easy, you just have to make that decision to take the time to do everything. You need to be fully aware of what you’re starting as an adult and as the exhibitor, says Julie. 

The first thing you need to understand is that you are going to be spending most of your time in the barn. You have to get all the supplies and equipment you need which is very expensive, says Julie. And that’s just the easy part and the cheaper part… It becomes more expensive when you start to purchase your pigs, to get a good one you are gonna pay a good bit, says Randy. Now they don’t have to be outrageously expensive for it to be a good one, but it’s definitely going to cost more than just your average feeder pig for the county fair. 

Then after you have the pig comes the more spending you have to do. Time for feed and shavings. Good feed for a good pig is roughly 27 dollars a bag, says Julie who works in the feed store. Shavings on the other hand are about 500 dollars a skid. A skid comes with roughly 30 bags. 

But doing showpigs has way more to it than all the things you need. You have to have a child that wants to do it. It’s beyond time consuming, says Remi. You are going to spend countless hours working the pigs and training them, cleaning the barn, keeping the pigs in good health, and even taking care of their skin and hair.

Do you have what it takes to get into the show pig industry?