TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Temperatures during the 2013 Tippecanoe County Fair ranged from the mid to upper 80s. The heat made it difficult to keep the swine cool and comfortable.
Ten-year 4-H member Ashley Bowerman said she had to spray her pigs down frequently.
“We had to have coolers, like lined up along the pens with ice water and towels. And as the pigs would walk up to the ring, we would lay towels across their backs to keep them cool as long as we could,” said Bowerman.
Nine-year 4-H member Molly Slaven said the heat takes a toll on pigs. She said the pigs are not as calm and it can affect their performance during the show.
“When there’s high heat, pigs really don’t want to eat that much and it’s very stressful. It’s hard to get them to gain weight and do the things you want them to do,” said Slaven.
Hunter Royer started 4-H last year, and it was a learning experience for her because of the heat. She said she has noticed a difference in the pigs this year compared to last.
“I haven’t seen a lot of them breathing heavy this year. We don’t have to wash them that hard because it’s been so cool in the barn. Especially, with all the fans going and everything,” said Royer.
Bowerman said she is fortunate the cool down came before the 4-H swine show on Wednesday. She said the show has a gone a lot smoother this year because the pigs are not as stressed.
“This is perfect weather for this kind of stuff. Because I mean, the pigs are not too cold or not too hot and they just stay very calm,” said Bowerman.