Market Swine Exhibitors,
The Richwood Independent Fair with the recommendation of the Richwood Junior Fair Sale Committee has made the decision to prohibit the use of Ractopamine (commonly known by trade names Paylean® and Optaflexx®) in Market Hogs being shown at the 2020 Richwood Independent Fair.
An affidavit will be required from the breeder and a second affidavit signature will be required from the exhibitor upon weigh in on Wednesday, September 2nd. Both forms must be submitted in order to remain on the grounds and show in the Market Hog or Showmanship classes at the fair. These documents will state that the animal has never been fed Ractopamine during the entirety of its life. Forms will be available online by March 1 at https://richwoodfair.com/junior-fair/.
Any and all hogs are subject to testing at any time during the Richwood Fair. Grand and Reserve Champion animals will be tested as testing permits. Any violators will be subject to forfeiture of premiums, trophies, fair ban for individuals or families and/or financial restitution.
If for any reason a packer is unable to be contracted, exhibitors will be responsible to take their market animal home for harvest or breeding purposes. Grand and Reserve Champions will remain terminal per state mandate.
Questions may be directed to the Richwood Independent Fair at email@example.com or by phone at 740-943-2200.