Bacon Maker Attendees



To All Bacon Maker Classic Contestants:

The Ontario Pork Congress will be holding the Bacon Maker Classic Competition (formerly known as the Junior Barrow Competition) on June 22, 2017 at the Stratford Rotary Complex. Once again, the Bacon Maker Classic will be held on the second day of the show and will include live hogs, subject to PED activity in Ontario and advice from our veterinarian advisors.

The entry deadline is March 21st, 2017.  Weigh-on will happen from March 21st to March 28th.
Please note that ALL ENTRIES MUST BE E-ENTRIES.  Please submit 4 pictures (tag and weight included) by March 21st, 2017.

Awards to all contestants will be presented at the Bacon Maker Classic following all activities on Thursday June 15th. The Market Hogs will be sold to one of Ontario’s Federally Inspected Packing Plants and will receive a 110 index.


What’s New for BMC?

This year we are bringing back the Carcass Evaluation to the show. We are all very excited to bring this educational component back for the High School & College/University aged kids. For the Bacon Strips/Hams class they have to weigh an additional pig on in March. At their discretion they will have to choose one of their pigs for the carcass evaluation portion of the show. The kids will learn how their pigs get graded after they leave the BMC show and what the meat packer looks for. The top pigs will be brought to the show for Conestoga Meat Packers to go over the evaluation – this will help the kids learn and how to improve their overall performance of their pig.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND–an Education Pavilion!  Bringing education back to the
show – mentors to demonstrate a bit about what their role is within the Swine Industry.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Kirkpatrick, Co-Chair, OPC Bacon Maker
Classic Committee, or 519-532-3308.

See you at the Pork Congress on June 22, 2017.

Meghan Kirkpatrick, Co-Chairperson (519-532-3308)
Chris Crump, Co-Chairperson (519-902-4969)
Bacon Maker Classic Competition

Rules and Regulations

  1.  Eligibility
    a) Boys and girls ages 9+ as of January 1, 2017.
    b) Eligible to participate in 4-H & adults
    c) Entries must be postmarked by March 21st, 2017
  2. Weigh-on of Market Hogs: Monday March 20th – Monday March 27th 2017
    a) Each contestant may weigh on up to two market hogs. With the exception of the Bacon Strips (High School & College/University kids) – they must weigh on 3.  A maximum of one market hog may be shown.
    b) Market hogs must not weigh more than 25 kg. on March 21st, 2017 and allow 1/2 kg/day for pigs weighed on test from March 20th – March 27th, 2017
    c) Suitable scales to be supplied by contestant.
    d) Weigh-ons can be done independently of Chris via e-entry.
    a. Take a digital photo with pig on scale
    b.    Must be date and time stamped
    c.    Email entries to Meghan Kirkpatrick at
  3. Weigh-off of Market Hogs: June 22, 2017 – 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
    a) All market hogs must bear a numbered Allflex Ear Tag as well as a Pigtrace tag supplied by the Congress committee at the date of weigh-off or market hog will be disqualified.
    b)    Market hog will be weighed and probed the day of the Show.
    If an entrant is not going to exhibit the day of the show or is unavoidably delayed, please call Chris Crump at 519-902-4969 (cell) or Meghan Kirkpatrick 519-788-0610.  We appreciate your co-operation.
  4. Classes
    The Bacon Maker Classic Competition will begin at 11:00AM with the Showmanship classes. All ages as of January 1, 2016The Bacon Strips – High school & College/University
    The Bacon Bits – Public School
    Peameal Bacon – Adults – Because they’re old and crusty 🙂
  5. Showmanship Rules
    a) Showmanship must be done with the market hog you bring to the Pork Congress.
    b)    Only canes will be allowed in the show ring to guide the pig. No rubber or plastic hoses.
    c)    No oiling, powdering or artificial colouring allowed.
    d)    Exhibitors who show in the Champion Showman Class must show the same market hog that was used in the individual showmanship classes.
    e)    Participants in the adult Showmanship class must  negotiate with another competitor to show a market hog already at the show.
  6. Scoring of Market Hogs for Prize MoneyScoring to be as follows:
    Category                                                                                Points
    Performance (includes ADG/Back Fat & Loin Depth)         35 points
    Conformation                                                                        35 Points
    Judging                                                                                  10 Points
    Showmanship                                                                       20 Points
  7. Prize Money
    a)  Overall Performance (Bits & Strips data will be judged separately) (Prize money paid on accumulated points).
    1st place $200; 2nd $175; 3rd $150; 4th $125; 5th $100; 6th – 10th $75; 11th – 15th $50; 16th – 25th $35; 26th – 40+ $25
    b)  Carcass (New This Year) – only applies to The Bacon Strips
    1st $100; 2nd $75; 3rd $50Attached are the rules for the Carcass Evaluation (Evaluation done by Conestoga Meat Packers)c)  Showmanship
    For each class Top 10 Placements of each class: $50; $45; $40; $35; $30; 6th – 10th $25Overall Champion Swine Showman –  The President’s Cane as well as a special keeper from BMC’s sponsors..Overall Reserve Swine Showman -– A special keeper provided by BMC’s sponsorsAdult Showman – $100 donation in the winner’s name to Hog Jog 2016 Cause –
    ShelterLinkd)  For best performance AGC/BACK FAT/LOIN DEPTH: Will be awarded an extra $100.00f)    For the most engaged entrant at The Education Centre will receive $100.g)    Lyle Heldmann Award for Grace under Pressure – Judge’s Choice – $100 plus keeper.This award is determined by Sharon Heldmann and The BMC Committee.If any market hogs upon slaughter are found to be a ridgling, all prize money and trophies must be forfeited and the exhibitor shall receive payment on the basis of a ridgling carcass.
  1. Other Rules
    a)    All market hogs will be sold to an Ontario Packing plant and will receive a 110 index.
    b)    Each competitor is responsible for showing and feeding & watering his/her own market hog until loaded on the truck.
    c)    Eligibility of market hogs at the Competition is at the discretion of the Bacon Maker Classic Committee
    d)    All entrants must have a signed letter from their Veterinarian that they are PEDv negative and are showing no clinical signs of illness in their barn or the barn their market hog is from.

Download a copy of the above information HERE


For more information, contact:

Meghan Kirkpatrick, Co-Chair, or 519-788-0610.

Chris Crump, Co-Chairperson (519-902-4969)

June 21st & 22nd 2017 in Stratford, Ontario