The Hardin County Fair Board has unanimously made the decision to prohibit the use of Ractopmaine (commonly known by trade names Paylean® and Optaflexx®) in Market Hogs being shown at the Hardin County Fair. The substance is also banned on the fairgrounds.
An affidavit will be required from the breeder and turned in upon registration and a second affidavit signature will be required from the exhibitor upon weigh in. Both forms must be submitted in order to remain on the grounds and show in either the Market or Born and Raised shows. These documents will state that the animal has never been fed Ractopamine during the entirety of its life.
Any and all hogs are subject to testing at any time during the Hardin County Fair. Grand and Reserve Champion animals will be tested as testing permit. 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 Swine Superintendent Charlie McCullough at 419-674-6759.