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February 24, 2020


General Rules:


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.

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. Feed records must begin on the County Identification Day.

9. Feed record and project record sheet must be completed and reviewed by your leader.

10. 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.

12. Horns, buttons, or excessive projections must be removed from all animals before showing. Questionable cases will be decided by the superintendent and his committee.

13. Animals with active warts will not be allowed to show. Questionable cases will be decided by the superintendent and his committee.

14. All animals must meet the State Health requirements in order to show.

15. Order of show will be determined by the beef Committee.

16. Animals will enter at west gate of the livestock show arena and exit through the center aisle to the cattle barn.

17. 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.

18. Sale order will be determined by exhibitor number.

19. Member will declare at the time of weighing in at the Fair as to what class his / her heifer will be entered.

20. Beef Showmanship (See Showmanship & Royal Showman Rules in front of book.)

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.

Steer Rules

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. 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.

8. 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.

Market Heifer

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.

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.

Starter Beef

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. 



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