Recent announcements by the US packing industry have indicated, in response to export requirements and consumer feedback, that packing entities will no longer purchase pigs fed Ractopmaine beginning in early 2020. This change will affect the marketability of exhibition swine for many county fairs across Ohio.

The packer decisions to remove Ractopmaine fed pigs from their supply chain reflects primarily the restrictions placed on pork destined for export markets. Export markets currently reflect greater than 25% of the value of the US pork, a market that is necessary for US swine producers to compete internationally and to maintain profitability across the pork chain.

As these new requirements are implemented, it was time for Fair Boards to determine options for marketing exhibition swine from local and county fairs. The packer challenges are real, in that a single positive test in an export container can result in an entire container/shipment being lost, with no payment for product and all the associated costs of shipment bore by the packer. Not a situation anyone wishes to encounter.

As a result of the conditions and climate mentioned above, the Putnam County Senior Fair Board has followed industry recommendations and placed a ban on feeding Ractopamine to show pigs with exhibitors having to sign an affidavit stating they did not feed ractopamine thus the animal is ractopamine (meaning never ever fed). This will be collected with the Livestock Entry Form.  Once the form is developed, we will share it. We have also had direct communication with our market swine buyer and local feed dealers as necessary.

The board is developing the language to outline consequences if ractopamine is found to be fed in the show hogs at fair. We are actively pursuing more information on the subject and will convey information as we gain added insights. Please contact our office if you have questions, we will be happy to assist where we can.

Recent announcements by the US packing industry have indicated, in response to export requirements and consumer feedback, that packing entities will no longer purchase pigs fed Ractopmaine beginning in early 2020. This change will affect the marketability of exhibition swine for many county fairs across Ohio.

The packer decisions to remove Ractopmaine fed pigs from their supply chain reflects primarily the restrictions placed on pork destined for export markets. Export markets currently reflect greater than 25% of the value of the US pork, a market that is necessary for US swine producers to compete internationally and to maintain profitability across the pork chain.

As these new requirements are implemented, it was time for Fair Boards to determine options for marketing exhibition swine from local and county fairs. The packer challenges are real, in that a single positive test in an export container can result in an entire container/shipment being lost, with no payment for product and all the associated costs of shipment bore by the packer. Not a situation anyone wishes to encounter.

As a result of the conditions and climate mentioned above, the Putnam County Senior Fair Board has followed industry recommendations and placed a ban on feeding Ractopamine to show pigs with exhibitors having to sign an affidavit stating they did not feed ractopamine thus the animal is ractopamine (meaning never ever fed). This will be collected with the Livestock Entry Form.  Once the form is developed, we will share it. We have also had direct communication with our market swine buyer and local feed dealers as necessary.

The board is developing the language to outline consequences if ractopamine is found to be fed in the show hogs at fair. We are actively pursuing more information on the subject and will convey information as we gain added insights. Please contact our office if you have questions, we will be happy to assist where we can.