Florida Hog & Ham Program
Prerequisite Workshop: January 20, 2014
Harvesting Week: June 24-26, 2014
UF Meats Processing Center, Gainesville
Hog & Ham program starter files, all-in-one pdf
The Florida 4-H Hog and Ham Program is a statewide 4-H program which takes the participant through the total process of pork production from beginning to end. Youth select a feeder pig and grow it to harvesting weight, all the while keeping records on feed amounts and costs, health care, expenses, weights, etc. After harvesting the hog and processing it into wholesale or retail cuts, 4-H'ers cure the hams and prepare bacon and sausage for smoking. The project concludes by participating in a retail comparison project, completing a record book, and presenting a demonstration or illustrated talk to the other participants.
Enrollment in Hog & Ham is limited to a maximum of 30 4-H members. The number of youth per county will be determined by the number of counties participating. The complete program procedures and schedule are emailed to agents in the winter and can also be found on this site.
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