From county fairs to larger pigs shows on a national level, there are always opportunities for youth education. Many exhibitions have skillathon or quiz bowl competitions built into their events. The Pork Checkoff has created a downloadable resource for teachers, Extension personal and other leaders to use for organizing these types of competitions. Resources for both skillathons and quiz bowls are divided into three age categories: junior, Intermediate and senior. A variety of subject areas are addressed, including breeding, animal well-being, swine health and other key topics.



The New York Pork Producers Cooperative is proudly making plans for the 2018 Empire Swine Youth Scholarship Contest, ESYS to be held in conjunction with The Great New York State Fair.  Contest dates are being set during the fair, August 22nd – September 3rd, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.  The theme of the event will be “WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.”

The Empire Swine Youth Scholarship is a four day event for youth swine showman hosted at The New York State Fair.  New York State youth exhibitors participate in four days of knowledge reviews and swine exhibition.  Contests include; public presentations, poster contest, decorations contest, written examination, skillathon, swine judging contest, swine confirmation, showmanship, and more!

Do you know youth showing at their county fairs, raising hogs on their own, or simply interested in the industry?  If so, spread the word!  We are always looking for new participants and individuals to make a contribution to the event, with or without a pig to show.  Our opportunities for sponsorship and to volunteer are better than ever. The ESYS Committee has been working hard to make this year’s event the best one yet filled with great fun, new friends, incredible sponsors and more.

Contact or 585-813-4583 for more information on becoming a sponsor.



New York Pork Producers commitment to ethical practices, our commitment to food safety, environmental stewardship, animal well-being, community and animal health is stronger than ever.

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October 2, 2015

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