Swine Updates 

IMPORTANT 2021 SWINE UPDATES related to the Dane County Fair and Ear Tag process information from the Meat Animal Sale Committee – please read all below if you plan on participating in the Dane County Fair:


New for the Dane County Fair this year

  1.  The DCF will not be a terminal fair this year (in order to maintain show flexibility).  This means that participants will be responsible for transporting their swine home, to a processor or to a market.  The swine committee will not facilitate transport of the hogs for processing or sale including Meat Animal Sale hogs.  If participants intend to have hogs butchered for family use or for private sales, they should contact their processing facilities now to ensure a processing slot.
  2. Because the fair is not-terminal, swine shown will require a negative PRRS and PEDV test for your facility/herd.  This is in addition to the veterinary health check.  I am told this test will cost approximately $80-90.  We are trying to obtain test kits, but this is not guaranteed so you may need to contact your vet if we cannot supply.
  3. The use of the feed additive ractopamine (Paylean) in no longer allowed for DCF swine.  This reflects the market trend where major processors will not accept swine that have been fed this feed additive.  They are responding to their buyers who make this demand.
  4. If you have questions, please contact Dick Straub – richard.straub@wisc.edu



  • This year we will not be doing an online tagging process, however you will need to pick up tags and put in your own animals.
  • The picking up of tags will occur, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Extension/4-H Office, 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison.
  • If you sign up by April 16, 2021*, the Committee will send your paperwork packet to your home address before the April 24, 2021 check in. If you sign up after April 16, 2021, you will pick up and complete your paperwork at the Extension Office when you check in, and it may extend your wait time in line.
  • The goal is to have families sign up in advance, so we can mail all paperwork out to the families, in order to have it completed at the drive thru time. 
  • There will be no other times available for tag pick up.
  • Tags then must be attached to the animals by May 1, 2021.