OKANOGAN Okanogan County Fair organizers are changing the pre-tagging and weighing rules for swine due to the outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea.
Acting on a recommendation from the state veterinarian, the livestock committee said hogs to be shown and sold in the livestock sale will not be required to come to the fairgrounds for pre-tagging.
Instead, the owner should take a clear, right-side view photograph of each pig to be entered. Photos must be emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to the fair office by 5 p.m. June 7.
The exhibitor’s name, address and phone number, and the pig’s breed, gender and weight must be included, along with the date the photo was taken. An ear tag number will be assigned to each animal.
A maximum of two pigs can be tagged per exhibitor, but only one can be entered in the market class. Any submissions received after June 7 will not be allowed to show or sell at the fair in the market class.
Animals will be tagged upon arrival at the fair in September.
Photos may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to Okanogan County Fair, P.O. Box 467, Okanogan 98840, or delivered to the fair office at 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan.
Beef and sheep are required to attend a tagging and weighing event at the fairgrounds. The beef weigh-in was Saturday.
Sheep can be weighed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 or June 14 at the fairgrounds.