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The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine. Participants develop swine management skills, learn to produce healthy pigs, develop awareness of business management, and develop record-keeping skills.

Who Can Participate

Any young person age 9 through 18 as of January 1 of the project year.

How It Works

As a participant in the Pig Squeal Project, you will receive two feeder pigs that are about 60 days old and about 50 pounds. All pigs will come from a reputable nursery and be properly vaccinated. You will care for these pigs for about 120 days.

At the end of this time, you will bring one of the hogs to the Pig Squeal Project Show and Auction where it will be presented and sold. You will receive any prize money awarded along with a portion of the auction proceeds.

Bidders will have the option of taking possession of the live hogs or sending them to a local processor. If hogs are sent for processing, the bidder will be responsible for making pickup arrangements of the pork.


Prior to getting your pigs, you and a parent will attend a mandatory training session. At this meeting, you will receive valuable information to assist you in preparing for and raising your pigs. You also will be given the designated pickup site and date for acquiring your two feeder pigs. Pigs will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. At this point, you will take them home and begin caring for them.

Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2043 Pig Squeal Production Manual.

Click to download a printable PDF of 4HYD-2303 Pig Squeal Record Book.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.