Cass County Livestock

2024 4-H Livestock Judges 

Rabbit- Ron Riddle

Poultry- Jake Wilson 

Cattle- Clay Kretzmeier

Sheep- Dillon Sheiss

Meat Goat- Jesse Kimmel

Dairy Goat- Shannon Ellis

Swine- AJ Williams 

Horse (Performance) - Christie King-Moree

Llama- Megan Fruits


Important Dates for Livestock in Cass County   


March 2nd: Beef cattle Tagging at the Cass County Fairgrounds 8-11:00am


April 27th: Dairy Cattle Tagging at the Cass County Fairgrounds 8:00am - 11:00am


May 1st:  Rabbit Ambassador Contest at the Cass County Fairgrounds 6:00 pm

May 10th: Goat Tagging at the Cass County Fairgrounds 5:00pm - 7:00pm

May 11th: Sheep Tagging at the Cass County Fairgrounds 8:00am - 11:00am

May 15th: Livestock Enrollment Deadline on 4-H Online. Animals that are not PROPERLY and COMPLETELY enrolled through 4-H Online at this time will NOT be allowed to show at the 2024 Cass County 4-H Fair or the 2024 Indiana State Fair. 


June 22nd: Rabbit and poultry cage setup 8:00am, rabbit record sheets due at cage setup.

                    Poultry blood testing 8:00am - 10:00am.

June 28th: 4-H Cat Show Check-In 8:00am, Judging 9:00am

June 29th Dog Show 10:00am


July 6th:    

    4-H Livestock Tack Move-In 7:00 - 11:00pm and after 5:00pm (use the North End of the barns after 5:00pm to avoid disrupting the Vesper Service, Awards Night and the Queen Pageant.)

     4-H Poultry & Rabbit Check-In Check-In: 8:00am - 10:00pm

 July 7th:

    Arrival of Beef, Goats and Swine 5:00am - 10:00am

    Arrival of Llamas and Alpacas 5:00am - 11:00am

    Arrival of Sheep and Horses 7:00am - 10:00am

    Arrival of Dairy Steers & Feeders 9:00am - 1:00pm

    Rabbit Check-in #2  9:30am - 12pm 

    4-H Poultry Show 1:00pm

    4-H Auction Sign-Up 11:00am - 4:00pm (In the Exhibition Building)

    4-H Llama Costume Show 3:30pm

    4-H Rabbit Show 4:00pm

July 8th:

    4-H Dairy Goat show 7:30am

    4-H Boar Goat Show 10:00am 

    4-H Sheep Show 3:30pm

     4-H Horse & Pony show (Contesting) 5:00pm

July 9th:

   4-H Dairy Feeder/ Steer Show 7:30am

   4-H Beef Show  Immediately following the end of the Dairy show

   4-H Llama show 5:00pm

July 10th:

   4-H Swine Show 7:30am

   4-H Horse and Pony Show (Performance) 9:00am

   4-H Swine not being sold in the auction are released 10:30pm

July 11th:

   4-H Royal Showmanship 4:00pm

   4-H Premier Showmanship 6:30pm

   All 4-H Animals not sold in the 4-H auction released 10:00pm

July 12th:

    4-H Animals not sold in the 4-H auction will be released until noon

Please Check this calendar regularly throughout spring 2024 for more updates


Directions for Animal Identification in 4-H Online

All animals must be entered into 4-H Online no later than May 15th, 2024. Directions for entering Animal ID are attached.

Animal ID 4-H Online Instructions

Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care 

The Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care program is a comprehensive training REQUIREMENT for all 4-H youth participating in beef, dairy, goats (all types), poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. This is both a county and state requirement. Failure to complete this training will result in youth unable to exhibit their animals at the county and/or state fair. 

The goal of the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care program is to help youth understand their responsibility in increasing consumer confidence, animal stewardship, and overall gaining and applying pertinent information and credibility, relating to food systems.

Those unable to attend an in-person training do have the option to do the online Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. Online YQCA certifications are accepted in lieu of the in-person Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care program but youth must e-mail a copy of their YQCA certificate to the Extension office at to prove completion.

Visit to complete the online YQCA training.

 Please Note: Indiana 4-H will still accept YQCA certification for our county and state fair. 4-H members may choose to continue to complete YQCA as it may be required for some livestock shows. Members who wish to complete YQCA will only be allowed to complete the online version. No in person meetings of YQCA will be held.

To register, for an Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care training session, please log into your 4-H Online and follow the 4-H Online Event Registration Instructions. Members must be registered BEFORE attending a training.

Training Dates 2024

Location Date Ages Time
Pioneer High School April 1st All Ages 6:00pm
Caston High School  April 12th All Ages 7:15am
Lewis Cass High School Week of May 6th High School & Junior High Students During Mentor Period & appropriate Ag Classes
Lewis Cass High School May 22nd  All ages  3:00-4:00pm
Cass County Fairgrounds May 18th  All Ages 10:00-11:00am
Cass County Fairgrounds May 29th  All Ages 6:30-7:30pm

 If you complete your QLC Training, you should be marked as "approved' for QLC 2024 on 4-H Online. A certificate of compltion will be emailed to you if you are exhibiting livestock at the 2024 Indiana State Fair. Please contact Emily Sawyer, at the Cass County 4-H Office if you have not received your certificate before the Indiana State Fair. 

No Livestock? No Problem!

Are you interested in showing livestock, but don't live on a farm? There are options! Several species offer the chance to lease an animal from a local 4-H family. See the lease agreements for llamas or goats below to learn more. 

Do you want to show livestock, but aren't sure how to get started? Contact Cass County's 4-H Educator, Claire Crum, to get in contact with an older, experienced 4-H family or livestock committee member. Many families are willing to mentor, guide and share with inexperienced 4-Hers. After all, 4-H is all about learning to grow! 

Indiana 4-H Lease Agreement Form 

Indiana 4-H allows the following animals to be leased under the Indiana 4-H Animal Lease Agreement Form: Dairy cows and heifers, horses, ponies, llamas and alpacas. 

Approval must be given by the County 4-H Extension Educator, Claire Crum, prior to signing the lease agreement.

Cass County Goat Lease Agreement -Cass County offers a goat lease agreement, which is not an Indiana 4-H lease form. 


Cass County Llama & Alpaca Lease Information- If you are interested in leasing a llama or alpaca from a Cass County 4-Her, please see the information attached.

Cass County Off Premise and Special Request form - 4-H Animals are housed at someplace other than the 4-H member’s residence or 4-H Member lives in other county and would like to apply to be a Cass County 4-H member

Indiana 4-H Grievance Policy

Please see Section 4.12 of the Indiana 4-H Policies and Procedures for directions for using the Grievance Policy. This is not a mechanism for complaints against individual 4-H members (or their families), 4-H volunteers, judging officials for competitive events, or Purdue Extension staff.

Policies & Procedures Page