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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: The Ohio State Beef Resource Handbook 4-H 117R

ACTIVITY REQUIRED: Complete list of questions prepared annually, complete YQCA, Livestock Record Sheet, and attend appropriate workshops.


All record sheets and completed questions are due by 6p.m. the evening prior to the show to the superintendent. YQCA must be completed one week before fair.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS: Beef steers must be enrolled in 4HOnline by April 1st. All other animals by May 15th. All projects need to be enrolled in Fair Entry by July 1st.


HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Properly identified, Premises ID, 4HOnline enrollment by the appropriate date.


Taken from the “2021 Animal/Livestock Manual Requirements” on page 14 of the Periscope.


STATE FAIR ENTRY: Any member may exhibit, separate entry required. Be sure to follow appropriate deadlines.


  1. See General Health Requirements for all species as listed in Newton County Fair Book. All animals must be healthy at the time of entry to the Newton County Fair to be eligible for exhibition. All animals must be identified and meet appropriate State Board of Animal Health requirements. If there is a question of animal health of well being, a veterinarian will be called to inspect the animals or facilities in question.
  2. 4-H exhibitors may enroll not more than six (6) steers and six (6) beef heifers.
  3. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters and then only on separate enrollment forms.
  4. All steers, commercial and market heifers must be individually identified under the supervision of the superintendents and Extension staff at the start of the project. Animals will be weighed and identified by retinal scan and ear tag.
  5. Purebred heifers must have registration papers from their breed association and be identified by birth date and registration number or by the dam's registration number prior to May 15.
  6. Breed steers will be required to have registration papers with matching tattoos upon check in at the county fair.
  7. There will be a separate competition for all steers and heifers born/and raised in Newton County or in York Township of Benton County. Calves must be nominated for this class at enrollment.
  8. All animals must be stalled in the barn only. No trailers.  All animals are to be groomed in or in surrounding area, not in trailers.
  9. Lease of cattle – breeding animals only.
  10. Calves may be grade, crossbred or purebred and will be shown accordingly.
  11. Calves must have been born in 2019 except Sr. Yearling heifers.
  12. Steers and market heifers must have their milk teeth in place.
  13. All steers and market heifers must be weighed at the fair in the presence of the beef superintendents to determine the classes.
  14. Steers will be shown by breed and weight.
  15. Breeding heifers will be shown by breed and age.
  16. Market heifers will show by weight. There will be no breed classes for market heifers. They will compete for Grand Champion Market animal and Reserve Grand Champion Market animal.
  17. The Purebred heifer classes will be:
  18. Yearling: Sept. 1-Dec. 31 previous calendar year.
  19. Yearling: Jan. 1 - Apr. 30 previous calendar year.
  20. Summer Yearling: May 1 - Aug. 31 previous calendar year.
  21. Calf: Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 previous calendar year.
  22. Crossbred (Commercial) Heifers will show by weight. These classes may be further divided at the superintendent's discretion, according to the number of entries exhibited.
  23. Classes are offered for the following breeds of heifers (all heifers must be purebred and registered): Angus, Hereford Shorthorn. Classes will also be provided for registered heifers in breeds recognized by the Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Show. State Fair requirements as to percentage will apply. Currently those recognized breeds are Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Highland, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Mainetainer, Red Poll, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn Plus, Simmental, and Simmental Solutions. Classes will be provided for breeds not recognized by State Fair but that are recognized through an official breed association. These animals will show as crossbred (commercial) class. A champion and reserve champion will be selected for each breed and Crossbred division.
  24. Classes for steers will be offered for the following breeds: Angus, Hereford, and Shorthorn. Classes will also be offered for steers in those breeds recognized by the Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Show (see above) State Fair requirements as to percentage will apply. Currently those recognized breeds are Chianina, Charlais, Gelbvieh, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Red Poll, Salers, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn Plus, and Simmental. Any steer not meeting requirements will be shown with the crossbred class. Classes will be provided for breeds not recognized by Indiana State Fair 4-H Beef Show, but that are recognized through an official breed association. A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for each breed and Crossbred division.
  25. Dehorning of horned animals is recommended for the 4-H members’ safety. However, should a breed association require horns (heifers only), they may be kept (i.e. Highland class). Steers and market class animals will remain polled, dehorned, or small scurs.
  26. Current health regulations shall apply. Premise I.D, registration papers, and proper identification for each animal will be required before unloading at the fair.
  27. An animal enrolled in a particular breed may be changed to crossbred only before weigh-in at the fair.
  28. Market heifers and steers are eligible for the auction.
  29. Market heifers are eligible to compete in the rate of gain class.
  30. Showmanship – Beef members will be divided equally into 3 classes by birth date. Junior (Grades 3-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-8), and Senior (Grades 9-12).
  31. All rules subject to interpretation of the committee and their decision is final.
  32. Superintendents may be making farm visits to answer questions and provide input on the project development.
  33. General grooming on animal apply- such as brushing, combing, show foam, show oil, & hair condition products. Not allowed will be show adhesive, glue, any paint products, or artificial hair including false switches.
  34. 4-H exhibitors may receive clipping and grooming assistance from members of their immediate family (father, mother, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles), from a current Indiana 4-H member, and from individuals enrolled in the Indiana 4-H Approved Animal Assistance Program. Temporary guardianships are not permitted and shall result in immediate disqualification.
  35. Tie out time will be announced. For safety reasons, no buckets or feed pans will be left overnight in tie outs.
  36. Showmanship classes will be divided into appropriately sized groups by age. 4-Hers must sign-up with the respective superintendent. When signing up to enter the showmanship contest, the 4-Her must give his/her grade level. The superintendent will determine the break in class size. The winners in each class will show for the Champion Showman Award. (Past winners will re-enter their appropriate age class each year). All participating members must show their own animals.




  1. 4-H member may enroll up to (3) prospect steers and (3) prospect heifers, born in current calendar year. Animals must weigh under 700 lbs. at the fair weigh in and check in date.
  2. Prospect cattle will show by weight and will be divided into steer and heifer classes, (no breed classes). The champion prospect steer and champion prospect heifer will compete for grand prospect calf.
  3. Prospect calves are not eligible for the 4-H auction.
  4. The calf from a cow-calf entry is eligible to show in prospect class under the ownership of the cow-calf 4-H enrollment.
  5. All prospect cattle must be enrolled and identified by the county enrollment date in May.



  1. Eligible cows must have been previously enrolled in 4-H by the 4-H member and may only show by the original enrollment member.
  2. The calf from Cow-Calf pair is eligible to show in the Beef Prospect class.
  3. A member may exhibit 1 cow-calf pair.
  4. Purebred and commercial animals are eligible and will be judged by age of the cow.
  5. Entry and release times for cow-calf entries are the same as for other beef animals.
  6. A Champion and reserve Champion will be selected but will not be eligible for the Grand Champion Heifer.

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