2020 Union County Fair Swine Show - Ractopamine Free

Recently, ractopamine-free swine production became a market demand through much of the U.S. pork packing industry. Although ractopamine (sold under the trade names Paylean® or Engain® for swine) is an approved product used to increase lean growth rate, it has been banned in many international pork markets. In short, ractopamine-free means that a pig has never been fed or exposed to ractopamine – from the time of birth to the time of market. In response, the Ohio Pork Council, Ohio State University Extension, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have collaborated to put a comprehensive plan in place. Because ractopamine has been banned in international markets, swine exhibited at the 2020 Union County Fair are required to be ractopamine-free. To ensure that exhibitors follow this protocol, the Union County Jr. Fair Livestock Committee will secure a signed affidavit from a parent/legal guardian and exhibitor at the time of weigh-in which states that the pigs shown by the exhibitor have never been offered ractopamine. A sample affidavit developed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture can be found here: https://ohiopork.org/ractopamine-free/.

**Please note additional information below as a result of market demand and COVID-19 impact on the packer industry** No guarantee of market (buy back) for Fair Swine If for any reason a packer is unable to be contracted, exhibitors will be responsible to take their market animal home for harvest or breeding purposes. Grand and Reserve Champions will remain terminal per state mandate. All of these informational resources may be accessed online at https://ohiopork.org/ractopamine-free/.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Steven Moeller
Professor/Swine Extension Specialist
The Ohio State University at Moeller.29@osu.edu, or 614-565-6344. The Ohio Pork Council can also be contacted at pork@ohiopork.org, or 614-882-5887.

For more information regarding this see the following Fact Sheets: