SEE “4-H GENERAL RULES AND POLICIES” IN THE FRONT OF THE RULE BOOK.
1. To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This is an annual program that can be completed by attending a training workshop in person or by completing it online. For information about training workshops, check your 4-H Newsletter for dates or contact the County Extension Office, 824-6412. Registration for all workshop trainings and to complete the process online, go the http://yqca.org. There is a registration fee of $3 per person for training workshops and $12 for online certification. Check with the County Extension Office for registration coupons.
2. All steers and market heifers must be owned and under the care of the 4-H Club member no later than the County Identification Day.
3. All steers and heifers must be identified in the 4-H Online system. Animals not officially identified are not eligible to show. Be sure to check the 4-H Newsletter for enrollment deadline.
4. All steers, market heifers and commercial heifers must be identified at the start of the project. This will be done at a County Identification Day.
- Market Steers – Beef steers must have an 840-RFID tag and a 5-digit county tag and those numbers listed completely and correctly on the enrollment form by April 1 or earlier deadline set by county.
- Commercial Heifers (Breeding & Market) – Commercial heifers must have an 840-RFID and a 5-digit county tag and those numbers listed completely and correctly on the form by May 15 or earlier deadline set by county.
- Registered Heifers – Registered heifers must have an 840-RFID tag and the number along with the tattoo must be listed completely and correctly on the enrollment form by May 15 or earlier deadline set by county.
Retagging: In the case of the loss of a county ear tag or an RFID tag, the County Extension Office must be notified immediately, the old tag brought in, and a new tag applied to the ear. Extension Office will e-mail the State 4-H Office with both the old and new tag numbers. The Extension Office will add the new number into the 4-H Online system.
5. A 4-H member may enroll up to six steers and / or up to six commercial heifers or purebred heifers (including senior calves).
6. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters and then only on separate forms.
7. There will be no beef bull classes.
8. 4-H families are encouraged to purchase project resource books available at the County Extension Office. These resource books are intended to increase your knowledge and help you complete your record sheet and feed record. Family members are encouraged to share these books. Each 4-H member in the family does not need to have the same resource book. Books are also available from the local library.
9. 4-H project record sheet and feed record (what can be completed) are to be checked (reviewed) by the 4-H Club Leaders by July 1st (watch 4-H Newsletter or check with 4-H Leaders for details). The leader will issue a signed certificate stating that the member has completed the project record sheet and feed record. The certificate will be shown upon project check in at the 4-H Expo (non-livestock) and the 4-H Park West Road (livestock projects). Members who do not have a signed certificate from their leader will not be able to check their 4-H projects in at the 4-H Fair.
10. “My Record of 4-H Achievement” white card should be turned in to the fair office during the fair.
11. Members may sell only one steer or commercial market heifer in the 4-H Auction.
11. It is recommended that steers and commercial market heifers be calved the year before the show.
13. Horns, buttons, or excessive projections must be removed from all animals before showing. Questionable cases will be decided by the superintendent and his committee.
14. Animals with active warts will not be allowed to show. Questionable cases will be decided by the superintendent and his committee.
15. All animals must meet the State Health requirements in order to show.
16. Order of show will be determined by the beef Committee.
17. Animals will enter at west gate of the livestock show arena and exit through the center aisle to the cattle barn.
18. Animals entering the livestock arena for judging will be lined up following these guidelines for each class:
a.Steers and Commercial Market Heifers – Animals will enter by weight with the lightest being first and the heaviest in the class being last.
b.Breeding Heifers – Animals will enter by age with the youngest entering first and the oldest entering last.
19. Sale order will be determined by exhibitor number.
20. Member will declare at the time of weighing in at the Fair as to what class his / her heifer will be entered.
21. Graphite, charcoal, other powdered substances, and excessive rub-off of any substance will not be permitted.
22. False switches will not be permitted on animals.
23. Straw is not allowed in the Cattle / Goat Barn. This is a State Fire Marshal rule.
- A 4-H member must show his own animal in the show ring.
- Group ribbons will be given in each showmanship class.
- Ribbons will be given to the first three places in each showmanship class.
- Showmanship is open to everyone that wants to participate.
- Showmanship will be divided into three classes:
Beginner – Grades 3 through 5 (as of January 1, year of show)
Junior – Grades 6 through 8 (as of January 1, year of show)
Senior – Grades 9 through 12 (as of January 1, year of show)
- Winners in each division will advance the following year to the next division.
- An award will be presented to the three class winners.
- Livestock committees will post the showmanship class schedule with their livestock show schedule.
A member sign up is used for showmanship classes, the sign up period should extend at least until the beginning of the show.
1. Steers will show by breed. (Registration papers for steers are not needed at the Wells County Fair.)
2. A member may enroll and exhibit six (6) steers. The same steer may be entered on only one 4-H member’s online profile.
3. Members wishing to have their animals considered in the “Home Grown” competition (steers born and raised in Wells County) must identify this at the ID Day and check the box in the 4-H Online system. All steers will be shown in weight classes. There will not be separate “Home Grown” classes. When steer classes are assigned at the Fair, the “Home Grown” animals will be indicated. The highest place “Home Grown” steer in each steer class will return for Champion Home Grown Steer. The 2nd place “Home Grown” in each steer class would not return – only 1st place returns. The Honor System is a requirement in order for success of this class. The Beef Committee will make the final determination if there is an animal in question.
4. Classes will be determined by weight of animals before show time.
5. Classes will be made up of no more than 8 animals.
6. Champion ribbons will be given in each weight class.
7. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion may not be won by the same 4-H member. When a member wins Grand Champion, all other animals owned by that member are to be excused from the show ring and are replaced by the second place animal from their respective classes.
8. If there are more than 8 in the class, they will be divided into two classes – light and heavy – for final judging. There will be an equal number of animals in each of these two classes unless the number of class champions cannot be divided evenly – in that case, the largest number will be in the heavy class. Champion and Reserve Champion from each of these two classes will show for overall Grand Champion and overall Reserve Grand Champion.
9. A member may show no more than two steers in each weight class. If both steers are in the same weight class, another 4-H member from Wells County may show the second animal.
1. The purpose of the Market Heifer is to raise and show a heifer which will then go to market. It is not intended for heifers which will go back to the farm.
2. Classes will be determined by weights of animals before show time, not by breed
3. Class will be made of no more than 8 animals.
4. Champion ribbons will be given in each weight class.
5. Class Champions will show for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Market Heifer.
6. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion may not be won by the same 4-H member. When a member wins Grand Champion, all other animals owned by that member are to be excused from the show ring and are replaced by the second place animal from their respective classes.
Breeding Heifers and Cows
1. All registered animals must be accompanied by registration papers. Any heifer without papers may be show in the Commercial Heifer Class.
2. A member may enroll and exhibit six (6) breeding heifers.
3. Acceptable ownership is the 4-H member’s name as owner or partial owner on certificate of registration. (See General Rules in front of this book.)
4. Commercial Heifers will be show by weight, not by age.
5. Purebred Heifers will be shown by age.
6. Breeding Classes (Purebred)
a.Junior Yearling – Heifer born January 1 to April 30, year before show
b.Summer Yearling – Heifer born May 1 to August 31, year before show
c.Senior Yearling – Heifer born September 1 to December 31, year before show
d.Cow – born prior to January 1, two years before show NOTE: Cow need not have a calf, but if she has a calf, it can be with her when shown, however, only the cow will be judged.
e.Produce of Dam – calf from cow shown in above class. NOTE: Cow may be in ring with the calf, however, only the calf will be judged.
7. Champion ribbons will be awarded in each class.
8. Champion heifers will compete for Supreme Heifer and Reserve Supreme Heifer.
9. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion may not be won by the same 4-H member. When a member wins Grand Champion, all other animals owned by that member are to be excused from the show ring and are replaced by the second place animal from their respective classes.
1. Starter Beef animals must be born January 1 or after of the current year of the fair.
2. Animals must be identified in the 4-H Online system by May 15th.
3. The Beef Superintendent and Committee will set a time with 4-H members to ear tag your animal.
4. Feed records should begin June 1.
5. Starter Beef animals must follow appropriate health rules. (See Livestock Health Requirement in front of this book.)
6. All calves will show by weight as market animals (steers and heifers). No bull calves allowed.
7. The class will show as a part of the 4-H Beef Show.
8. Starter Beef calves can sell in the 4-H Livestock Auction and will sell at the end of Beef.
9. Starter Beef Showmanship (see Showmanship and Royal Showmanship rules in front of rule book)
10. Class champion will show for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Starter Beef.
11. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion may not be won by the same 4-H member. When a member wins Grand Champion, all other animals owned by that member are to be excused from the show ring and are replaced by the second place animal from their respective classes.