Animal Identification Deadlines:
April 1, 2020 for Beef & Dairy Beef Steers
May 15, 2020 for Beef Heifers, Dairy, Goats, Horse & Pony, Sheep, Swine
Animals not enrolled by these deadlines cannot be exhibited at the county or state fair. Again in 2020, all animals must be identified online through 4HOnline. There will be no paper enrollment forms for animals. Help sheets are available below and when you log in to 4HOnline. Assistance will be available at tagging days. If you need help or have questions, please call our office at (812) 385-3491.
All animals must be correctly identified based on their species. For details of what is required for each species, download the Animal ID Requirements help sheet below.
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org. The goals of having 4-H members complete the YQCA program include ensuring that
o Youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors.
o Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
o 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.
In order to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals. This training MUST be completed by May 15th. If an exhibitor does not complete the training by the deadline they will not be allowed to bring their beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry or rabbits, to the fairgrounds and will not be allowed to participate in the respective shows.
You can register online and sign up for the trainings, once completed, you will be awarded a certificate. This is an annual program that has a fee of $3 for in person trainings and $12 for online trainings. The fees are collected by the YQCA platform online when registering for the training and cannot be accepted at the training. Please register prior to attending.
Swine, Sheep, Goats: Tagging Day: May 2 from 8-10 am. Help will be available for animal identification online. Please bring your 4HOnline login and password so that help can be provided.
Dairy & Horse & Pony: If you are leasing an animal, be sure to complete the Animal Lease Agreement. It can be downloaded below or picked up at the Purdue Extension Office.
Horse & Pony: All horses must be vaccinated for: Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rhinopneumonitis/EHV type 1 and 4, Equine Influenza, Tetanus, and Rabies. A vaccination form (download below) must be completed for each animal and is required to exhibit. Horse & Pony vaccination day will be held on May 2 from 10 am - noon. Also, all Horse & Pony exhibitors (mini and 4-H) MUST attend at least one mandatory safety workshop. The first workshop will be held following vaccination day on May 2. The remaining dates are TBA.
All Species: All 4-H members exhibiting animals at the fair must have a premise ID number for the location where their animals are kept. Registering your premises may be done online, at no charge, and takes only about 5 minutes. Visit the Indiana State Board of Animal Health’s (BOAH) website: www.in.gov/boah and click on “Premises Registration”. No animals can be penned or stalled until the superintendent inspects the animal. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility to show animal and animal must be removed from premises. There will be check-in times for each species and the animals must arrive during this time and be checked by a superintendent before the animal is penned or stalled.
Upcoming Events for Livestock:
YQCA Training: Monday, March 23 at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m., or Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building at the Fairgrounds
Swine, Sheep, Goat Tagging: Saturday, May 2 from 8-10 am at the Gibson County Fairgrounds
Horse & Pony Vaccination Day: Saturday, May 2 from 10 am - noon at the Gibson County Fairgrounds
Interested in exhibiting livestock at the Indiana State Fair? Information about state fair entries and the electronic entry forms can be found online here.