Ractopamine Free Swine Project
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Ractopamine-free swine production is now a market specification/requirement throughout much of the U.S. pork packing industry. Ractopamine remains an FDA approved product that can be legally fed in the U.S. at approved levels and approved time periods in the life of a market-destined hog. However, restrictions from trade partners have led to its removal from most production systems. The ability to be ractopamine free opens up export markets for U.S. pork in other countries. Swine producers, exhibitors, feed industry participants, and transportation participants all must work together to meet market demands.
Wisconsin Youth Livestock Programs
The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program provides youth and adults the teaching tools to become successful in their 4-H/FFA project areas.
4-H in Wisconsin
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization. In Wisconsin, more than 69,000 youth are involved with 4-H and other UW-Madison Division of Extension youth programs. 4-H programming aims to engage youth in activities to increase their leadership, communication and critical thinking skills. Our programs center on the 4-Hs—head, heart, hands and health. This is the foundation for everything we do.