The educational 4-H Sheep program and related activities (such as workshops and tours) provide youth with a fun and hands-on learning experience which develops both sheep subject skills (such as nutrition, housing, and health care) and life skills (such as responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communications) under the direction of caring adults.
For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.
For Resources such as Manuals, Record Sheets, Score Cards, and other Resources see the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Project Page.
- All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
- All market lambs and commercial ewes animals must be individually identified during the county identification day under the supervision of the Extension Staff at the start of the project. Animals will be weighted and tagged with an official Adams County eartag.
- All animals must be identified, owned, under the care of the 4-H’er and enrolled online by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
- Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for brother(s) or sister(s).
- Copies of Purebred Registration Papers for all purebred ewes you plan to bring to the Adams County 4-H Fair must be turned into the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on July 1st. Any ewes that do not have registration papers or if ear tags/tattoos do not match registration papers; the animal will show in the commercial class.
- Workshop Verification OR Livestock Activity Sheets and Record Sheets are due into the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on July 1st. 4-H’ers not turning in the required paperwork will not be eligible to show or sale at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- 4-H market lambs may not be shown with ear tags that display wording of any kind and will be covered up during check-in and the sheep show. Only official county five digit ear tags and scrapie tags will be permitted.
- Any situations not covered by these rules shall be handled by the proper representatives of the 4-H Sheep Committee and the 4-H Extension Educator.
Entry Procedures and Fair Exhibition Specific Rules:
- Each member may show a maximum of two breeding ewes per class and three market lambs at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- Sheep stalls will be assigned by the committee after set-up on Monday prior to fair. Any/all stalling changes will be made by the Sheep Committee.
- A 4x6 (landscape) picture of yourself and the animal you plan to sell in the auction must be turned in during Saturday check-in at fair. 4-H’ers Name and Animal ID must be on the back of the picture.
- The committee or veterinarian will check all sheep for fungus and disease at the scales. Members must comply with health rules and regulations to be eligible for the fair. No blankets/covers permitted on sheep at weigh-in.
- All market lambs must be slick-sheared within ¼ inch before they will be weighed at fair check-in.
- Market lambs will be weighed only once at Saturday check-in and this will be the official weight for the class and the auction weight. Re-weigh request must be brought before the committee.
- Any lambs showing evidence of testicular tissue are ineligible to exhibit.
- No paint and/or polish will be permitted at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- Towels cooled with ice water only may be used. NO bags of ice or isopropyl alcohol (in any form) may be used.
- No isopropyl alcohol may be used in any form.
- 4-H’ers may walk lambs on the road north of the Sheep Barn to the end of the Swine Barn.
Must be two (2) of a breed to make a class, or they will be placed in an “All Other Breeds” class.
- Breeding Ewes:
- Purebred Ewes will show by breed, broken by age classes. (pending registration papers)
- Commercial Ewes will be shown by weight. (Lambs, Yearlings and Aged)
- All Purebred Breed Champions and Commercial Champion will show for Grand/Reserve Grand Champion Ewe.
- Age Breaks for Classes:
- Spring Ewe Lambs-Must be born on or after January 1, 2020
- Fall Ewe Lambs-Must be born September 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019
- Yearling Ewes-Must have not reached there 2nd year of birth by Adams County Sheep show date.
- Aged Ewes
- The Grand and Reserve Champion ewe will be selected from the breed Champions.
- Pair of Ewes: Members can combine with other members in the sheep project.
- Market Lamb:
- Market Spring Lamb (ewe or wether)
- Classes will be divided by weight by the committee.
- Pen of Two Market Lambs
- Cannot be same ewe shown in breeding class.
- Members may combine with other 4-H members in the sheep project.
- Market Spring Lamb (ewe or wether)
- Fleece Show
- Fleece must be submitted by 8AM on Sheep Show day to the Livestock Show Arena
- Exhibitors may enter a maximum of 2 fleeces
- Fleece will be divided into 2 categories:
- Fine wool
- Medium wool
- All Fleece must be labeled:
- 4-H’ers Name
- Sheep Gender
- Premiums and Grand Champions will be determined by the method stated in the Adams County 4-H Governing Rules under the General Project Rules section.
- Showmanship is on a volunteer basis with members strongly encouraged to participate. Sign up at the announcers stand to participate on show day.
- Members must currently be enrolled in the Sheep project and show their own animal in showmanship.
- Showmanship will be divided into 4 classes:
- Junior (Grades 3-5) Junior winner will compete in the Intermediate division the following year. Junior winner cannot repeat as Champion Junior Sheep Showman.
- Intermediate (Grades 6-8) Intermediate winner will compete in Senior division the following year. Intermediate winner cannot repeat as Champion Intermediate Sheep Showman.
- Senior (Grades 9-12) Senior winner will compete in premier division the following year. Senior winner cannot repeat as Champion Senior Sheep Showman.
- Premier - The Premier Showman will be selected from the current Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Showman and any past Senior and Premier Showmanship winners still enrolled in 4-H. The winner will represent the Sheep species in the overall Supreme Showman contest. A Premier Showmanship runner-up will be selected and announced.
- Exhibitors may sell only once through the 4-H auction. Members must inform the committee of their intent to sell or take the animal home within 30 minutes of the completion of the Sheep Show.
- Lambs must weigh at least 90 lbs. and no more than 180 lbs to sell in the 4-H Auction
- All non-auction animals will be released after auction set-up on Thursday.
- The Grand Champion Market Lamb will sell first, then the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, followed by Showmanship winners, Rate of Gain winner and then remaining animals by back tag numbers.
Exhibit Rules and Requirements:
- Complete and turn in your record sheet at Mini 4-H Project Check in on Wednesday of Pre-Fair from 5-7PM.
- Show one sheep at the Adams County 4-H Fair.
- The sheep you show at the 4-H Fair will NOT be your own sheep. The sheep must belong to a regular 4-H member in the Sheep project. It can be a brother, sister, cousin, friend or even close neighbor. The sheep must be shown by the regular 4-H member in the 4-H Sheep show. In other words, an older 4-H member cannot bring an extra sheep just for the Mini 4-H member to show.
- The 4-H Sheep show is Monday of the 4-H Fair. All Mini 4-H members will be show together. The members will be judged on showmanship, with each member receiving a ribbon.
- Mini 4-H members will NOT sell in the 4-H Auction.
- Mini 4-H members, in grades K-2, will be allowed to show, work with, or care for animal projects after their parent or legal guardian has signed a liability release. Mini 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less. Mini 4-H members may only show, work with, or care for animals over 300 pounds when they are assisted by a parent, legal guardian, or another adult designated in writing by parent or legal guardian.