4-H'ers must turn in a completed GRADE APPROPRIATE QUESTION/ANSWER SHEET, or an aCTIVITY SHEET THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AT THE LIVESTOCK WORKSHOP, and a completed, signed record sheet on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM to the Extension Office. No records or late/incomplete record sheets/manuals/q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY - NO PLACING/NO AUCTION.
NO ANIMALS TIED TO, OR NEAR, TREES ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.
OBJECTIVE: To acquire understanding of beef feeding, breeding and management practices, the importance of beef products to human nutrition and to learn to recognize quality standards of both beef animals and beef products. To develop desirable traits of character such as leadership, initiative, self-reliance, and sportsmanship.
STEERS OR MARKET HEIFER
1. All beef cattle must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by April 1 (market steers) or May 15 (heifers). The online animal ID website is located at: https://in.4honline.com. For Indiana State Fair eligibility, all beef steers and commercial heifers must have an 840-RFID tag and a 5-digit county tag, and registered heifers must have an 840-RFID tag and a tattoo. All steers or market heifers entered must be owned and under the care of the 4-H exhibitor no later than County Weigh In Day. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE 4-H’ER TO IDENTIFY THEIR ANIMALS AT 4-H ONLINE. THE EXTENSION OFFICE WILL NOT ID ANY ANIMALS ONLINE.
2. ALL 4-H STEERS, MARKET HEIFERS AND COMMERCIAL HEIFERS MUST BE IDENTIFIED WITH RFID EAR TAGS, AND WEIGHED (UNLESS HEIFER IS REGISTERED) ON A DATE AND AT A COUNTY LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED EACH YEAR. Members are responsible for getting their animal(s) to the identification location on the date and time announced each year.
A. Commercial heifers and beef feeder steers born after the weigh in date, and up to and including March 31st, must be individually identified with an RFID ear tag, a 5-digit county ear tag by May 15th. 4-H'ers are responsible for notifying the Extension Office if they are enrolling a heifer or feeder steer born after the County Weigh In date. 4-H Beef Committee representatives will make farm visits for these animal identifications.
B. "An Animal Non-Home Reason Form" for any Beef animal(s) kept at premises other than the home of the 4-H member, or member of the immediate family must accompany the enrollment form on or before the enrollment date. A copy will be kept on file at the Extension Office.
3. Members must notify the Extension Office within 10 days for the loss of an animal's ear tag. Replacement and supervision of tags and notification to the State 4-H Department will be coordinated through the County Extension Office.
NOTE: 4-H MEMBERS MAY TRADE ANIMALS WITHIN THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY FOR SHOWING AT THE COUNTY LEVEL. EAR TAG NUMBER WILL NOT LIMIT THIS PROCEDURE. STATE FAIR REQUIREMENT: 4-H MEMBERS MAY ONLY SHOW CALVES AT THE STATE FAIR WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED BY THE BREED AND EAR TAG NUMBER WHICH APPEARED ON THEIR PROFILE IN 4-h ONLINE
4. Feed records will be started upon acquiring the calf or not later than January 1 and initial weights of feeding animals should be recorded as of the date of acquiring the animal. Calves will be weighed at the Fair upon arrival at the Fairgrounds.
5. Each member may fit and feed and ear tag SIX steers and/or SIX market heifers for the project, but not more than three steers and/or three market heifers may be exhibited by any one member. They may be the same breed and weight.
6. Only one steer or market heifer may be sold individually in the 4-H Club Sale. The other calf, if any, will be sold at supported price according to grade. The member having two calves must choose which one will sell individually. Selling in the sale is optional.
7. All steers and heifers must have been dehorned before they may be exhibited at the Noble County Community Fair.
8. HEIFERS: Purebred heifers must have registration papers. Crossbred, Market and Noble County Born & Raised heifers will be shown by weight class.
STEERS: Eligible breeds for Noble County 4-H will follow the Indiana State Fair breeds (see State Fair Premium Book for a full listing), plus the Dexter breed. Any other breed will show as “Any Other Registered Breed”. Also, Noble County Born & Raised.
a. All breed steers that require registration papers to show at the Indiana Slate Fair, during the previous year, will require registration papers to show at the Noble County Community Fair, during the current year, which are Angus, Chianina, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Red Poll, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn and Simmental.
b. Noble County Born & Raised will be treated as a breed class and animal(s) must be entered as such at county weigh-in and identification day.
c. A Purebred entered in the Noble County Born & Raised class has the option to show in its respective breed class or in the NCB&R class. Animal must be designated at county weigh-in to be eligible. Designation of which show class for animal must be declared at fair weigh-in.
d. FEEDER STEER CLASS—Born after January 1 of the current year. All calves will be shown by weight. Enrollment deadline for Beef Feeder Steers will be April 1 of the current year.
Class winners will compete for Champion and Reserve Champion in their division. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from these division Champions.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Steer and Heifer will not be released until the conclusion of the Round Robin Showmanship Contest.
9. At the county weigh-in, members will declare what division steers will be entered. Calf can only be entered in one division. Any steer or heifer entered, at the county weigh-in, in a breed division or County raised division may be moved to the Crossbreed division at the Fair Weigh-in. No other division changes will be allowed.
10. Classification of breed steers will be determined by a sifting person or persons at the Fair. A steer not meeting the breed characteristics will be placed in the Crossbred & All Other Class. Steers and Heifers must exhibit predominant breed characteristics with percentages being in addition to breed characteristics. English breed -Full Blooded, Simmental -75%. Registration papers required for heifers.
11. A listing of the weight classes will be made available to the public, and cattle will enter the ring the same way they are listed with the lightest weight first, in case of identical weights lowest ear tag will be listed first.
12. All steers and market heifers will be enrolled in the "Rate-of-Grain" class and must be shown in the regular classes at the County Fair to be eligible for awards. Winners will be announced following Grand Champion Steer selection.
13. False switches and the use of artificial hair is prohibited. Only natural hair growing in original location will be permitted.
14. The Noble County 4-H Committee prohibits graphite, charcoal, other powdered substances, and excessive rub-off of any substance.
15. The showmanship competition is divided into five (5) classes (see showmanship under 4-H Rules and Policies in your handbook). To participate in Beef showmanship, the 4-H’er must show the same animal in showmanship that they exhibited in the Steer or Heifer show at the current years Fair.
16. Anyone desiring to exhibit in the 4-H State Fair show must comply with all the Indiana State Fair Rules.
17. Noble County Born & Raised Calf Class will be those animals declared at weigh in to be steers or heifers born and raised from a Noble County Herd. These declared NCB&R steers or heifers may be shown in only one class (NCB&R, pulled to a purebred class or pulled to the crossbred class). Class determination must be made at weigh-in time of the fair. A steer or heifer entered in the Noble County Born & Raised class will state the farm from which it came.
18. ALL STATE FAIR ENTRIES MUST BE MADE ONLINE BY OR BEFORE JUNE 1ST OF THE CURRENT YEAR.
19. A $5 Stall Fee will be charged for the number of animals registered in Fair Entry by June 22nd. A $5 per head tie-out fee will be collected at Fair time. No money returned. Clean your stalls. Auction animals are to be left tied with a secure rope or nylon halter. No binder twine, please. Please leave the halter with some type of identification for others to note ownership. Halters may be picked up in the 4-H Fair Office.
20. Animals that are decided by the Beef Committee to be uncontrollable will not be permitted to show, nor sell in the 4-H Club Auction.
21. All animals must be groomed in the designated area. Grooming chutes may be placed in the barn the morning of the show, but must be removed 1 hour after completion of the show.
22. The Champion Market Heifer will be shown for the Grand Champion Market animal.
23. The Beef Committee will offer a Noble County Born and Raised class for heifers.
24. No more than 1 overhead fan per animal.
25. NO BUTT FANS IN BARN. Generators must be at least 8 feet away from the Steer Barn.
26.ALL STEERS AND HEIFERS MUST BE STALLED BY 6:00 PM ON MONDAY. WEIGH IN WILL BEGIN AT 6:15 PM.
27. Cattle will not be released until the conclusion of the Round Robin Showmanship Contest on Thursday evening.
DUAL PURPOSE & COMMERCIAL BEEF
(Crossbred) BREEDING HEIFERS
1. Beef and Dual Purpose Heifers must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by May 15 (heifers) and owned and under the care of the 4-H exhibitor no later than January 1. Pedigree must be shown to the superintendent at the Fair. Heifers will be shown by breed if they are recorded, and if they meet State Fair rules, otherwise, they will be shown in the commercial heifer classes. Commercial Beef Heifer is any type of female born of a commercial cow and registered beef type sire. (ALL BEEF HEIFERS MUST BE EAR TAGGED BY THE BEEF COMMITTEE.)
2. Purebred heifers will show according to age.
3. Commercial Heifers will be shown by weight, not age.
4. No more than three heifers may be shown in the above classes by any one exhibitor. Other animals may be enrolled according to State Fair classification. SUGGESTIONS: Animal to be shown should be ear-marked by tattoo and RFID tag and those numbers recorded on the enrollment form for easy and positive identification of the animal.
5. Grand and Reserve Heifer will be selected from the breed champions, including Commercial Heifer. Cow/Calf pairs will be allowed to compete for Supreme Female along with the heifer champions.
6. A beef female too old to show in a heifer class and exhibited by the exhibitor in a 4-H Heifer Class previously at the Fair is eligible for Beef Cow/Calf Class. The cow and her calf will be judged as a pair. Enrollment is due in the Extension Office by MAY 1 of the present year.