4-H Swine Project

Fun Fact-During the War of 1812, a New York pork packer named Sam Wilson shipped several hundred barrels of pork to U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped “U.S.”, and it was quickly said that the “U.S.” stood for “Uncle Sam,” whose large shipment seemed to be enough to feed the entire army. This is how “Uncle Sam” came to represent the U.S. Government.

See the Community 4-H Calendar for MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) dates and times.

MAQA information

This scholarship was created in memory of Missy by the Kempken family and other individuals when she died at the age of 22.  She loved the fair and even after graduating from 4-H and FFA, she continued working with the swine project.  She truly loved the fair family, friendships and fun at the Racine County fair.

Missy Kempken Scholarship Fund Inc Application for 2015


Resource Leaders


John Henrichs- Superintendent

Ralph Rice- Superintendent

Lance Chady -Tucker 4-H 262-497-3742

Jeffrey Ehrhart -Burlington Back 40 4-H 262-878-9904

Rory Esch -Yorkville 4-H 262-878-0794

Mark Goessl -Norway 4-H 414-333-1826

Brian Gunderson -Norway 4-H 262-534-6641

Randall Henderson -Yorkville 4-H 262-210-0265

Linnet Henningfeld- Rising Stars 4-H 262-878-9097

Thomas Henningfeld- Cloverview 4-H 262-492-0699

Cheryl Holterman- Raymond 4-H 262-835-7788

Jean Keeku- Kan-Do 4-H 262-878-4087

Michael Keeku- Kan-Do 4-H 262-878-4087

Rebecca Keeku 4-H 262-878-4087

Catherine Keyes -Kan-Do 4-H 262-206-1298


Project Goals

The goal of the 4-H market hog project is to encourage integrity, sportsmanship, cooperation and an ability to communicate through activities such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, tours and exhibits.

Key Terms/Project Areas

Barrow– male pig castrated before reaching sexual maturity

Boar– primarily used for breeding purposes only, since it is said that testosterone in the system gives the meat a foul taste

Gilt– young female that has not yet produced a litter

Sow– female which has farrowed at least once


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