Note: This blog post was written by a group of students in the Capstone in Animal and Dairy Sciences course.
Welcome to the Pignic Table! On March 25, 2017, we participated in a community outreach event called Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. Our station represented the swine industry, and we were prepared to address any concerns that the public might have had about the industry.
We had a market gilt on display for everyone to look at, and for the kids to pet. We also had an activity for the kids to ear notch pigs on a paper plate. We had several participants considering the weather, and many of which had several questions. Some of the questions asked included why we ear notch pigs, why we dock tails, and how old is the gilt on display. It was quite interesting to see how many people did not know very much about the swine industry, and how they reacted to our answers to their questions.
There were also quite a few people who didn’t have any questions, they just wanted to pet the pig. The kids seemed especially excited to be able to pet the pig, however, our gilt was not very cooperative. She was having the time of her life in the mud. The weather did not cooperate that day, and we were forced to move inside. This did not seem to affect our activities, it was still fun, just a little bit muddier than it would have been had it not rained. The only thing the weather affected was the crowd turnout. Not many people got out that morning to come pay us a visit because of the rain.
Overall, it was a good experience, and a good opportunity to inform the public about the swine industry. The only way that it would have been better is if the weather had cooperated. Then, we could have had many more participants.