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Vigo County 4-H Livestock Update 6-15-20

June 22, 2020
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Livestock Show and Go Requirements Updated 6/15/20

*Subject to Change

Updated guidelines are posted on the Purdue Extension-Vigo County website and were emailed through 4HOnline. Please make sure your email is correct in 4HOnline and you check your spam folder if you did not get this through email. The Extension Office is only accessible via appointment, call 812-462-3371 or email shaag@purdue.edu with questions.

General Requirements for All Species

All requirements and policies must be followed! If this will be an issue, the virtual only exhibition is an option to receive judge’s feedback on your project.

-Shows and the 4-H areas are not open to the public. Entrance to livestock barns and show arenas will be limited to the 4-Her’s showing and two adult family members per a 4-H family, identified with a wristband. Immediate family are allowed at trailers and must maintain social distancing. Shows will be broadcast with Facebook Live or another streaming service for families and supporters to watch the shows. Volunteers on the Livestock Advisory may bring another adult to assist their children.

-Face coverings are REQUIRED in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes the Livestock Show Arena, the entire Swine Barn, bathrooms, and other areas as deemed necessary when 6 ft social distancing is limited. Youth should practice with their animals while wearing face coverings. It is important animals are used to the concept.

-Showing off trailers is our preference to allow more social distancing. Those needing stalls or pens will be spread out through the barns. Any stalls or trailer areas must be completely cleaned prior to leaving.

-Class breaks/sizes may be adjusted to allow for more distancing.

-Steps should be taken at home to make sure animals are as show ready as possible upon arrival. Wash rack time and space will be limited.

-Registration papers should be brought to the show and available upon request from a volunteer.

-All bleachers will be removed if possible. Those that cannot be removed will have 6ft distancing marked with tape. Plan to bring your own chairs to distance.

- Show programs will be available virtually. Hard copies will only be made for show personnel and posting purposes.

-Only the back gate off Johnson Drive will be open to enter the grounds. No access from the main Route 41 entrance.

-No food or drinks will be provided, plan to bring your own cooler.

-Sanitation schedules will be in place for equipment, common areas, and bathrooms.

-Additional volunteer opportunities may be available, email Sara if you are interested in helping on show day.

**Fair Entry** New Requirement with Picture Uploads in 2020

Fair Entry https://fairentry.com/ will be required for ALL in-person and virtual show entries. The deadline for entry submission is July 1, except horses which is June 23. All single animal entries will be required to submit the photos for virtual and in-person shows in case we are not able to hold an in-person show due to severe weather, approval of safety plan, or from the Vigo County Health Department. Most livestock will need three photos (side, rear, and front view), poultry will just need one photo. Uploading files for showmanship is optional for those only exhibiting virtual. The site is mobile compatible and you can upload pictures directly from your phone, please have all files ready when starting Fair Entry. Help documents with more details on what should be included in your required photos and how to submit entries will be available on the Vigo County Extension website under 4-H Livestock Updates https://extension.purdue.edu/Vigo/. Fair Entry will ask if you plan to exhibit each animal virtually or in-person. Sorry for the redundancy, but we recognize you may not be exhibiting each animal in person. For selected species you will be asked about your ability to show off a trailer.

For those new to Fair Entry:

YQCA

Indiana 4-H has opened up another option to complete your YQCA training in 2020 for Vigo County only exhibitors. 4-Hers will need to complete the four Online Animal Ethics Modules at https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/Online-Animal-Ethics-Program.aspx and complete a Qualtrics at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aAOaEAK0BEGoRv to receive accreditation by July 10. YQCA or the Animal Ethics Modules are required for all 4-Her’s exhibiting cattle, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, or swine at the Vigo County Fair, Mini 4-H exempt.

Indiana State Fair

Check the Indiana State Fair website for updates. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) will still be required to exhibit at ISF. You can take the online training at www.yqca.org at any point. All DNA hair sample envelopes are due to the Vigo County Extension Office by July 1 using the mail slot on the northwest corner of the building.

Species Specific Information

Alpacas/Llamas

Show to begin at 6pm on Tuesday, July 14, no arrival before 4pm. Due to COVID-19, no White Violet lease animals are available. Leases are due July 1. Each 4-Her will exhibit only 1 animal, alpacas and llamas will show together. Due to not every member getting practice time there will be an option between a competition and exhibition/clinic class for both showmanship and obstacle. The Mini 4-H and costume classes will only be offered virtually. Stalling will be available in the goat and sheep barn.

Dairy Cattle

Show to begin at 5pm on Thursday, July 16, no arrival before 3pm (unless participating in Beef Show). All heifers will be exhibited virtually. Steers will be weighed from 4:00-4:30pm. Showmanship will be offered at the conclusion of the dairy steer show. Limited stalling will be available in the cattle barn and goat barn.

Beef

Breeding Heifer show to begin at 10am on Thursday, July 16, no arrival before 6am. Weigh-in for steers and commercial heifers will be from 8:00 to 8:30am. There will be a 30-minute break in-between the breeding and market show. Limited stalling will be available in the cattle barn, freestanding fans will be allowed. Fans and chutes can be dropped off Wednesday after 5pm at your own risk (no security on grounds). Showmanship will be offered at the conclusion of the show. Fitting will be permitted as long as all social distancing is maintained and animal welfare is closely monitored. No outside fitters will be allowed, limited to your two family members. The judge will not lower placing due to ability to fit.

Goats

Dairy Goat show to begin at 8am on Wednesday, July 15 and the Meat Goat show to begin at noon. Dairy wether weigh-in will be from 6:30-7:30am. Meat goat weigh in will be at 11:00-11:30am. Limited stalling will be available in the goat and sheep barns. Showmanship will be offered at the beginning of each show. Fitting will be permitted as long as all social distancing is maintained and animal welfare is closely monitored. No outside fitters will be allowed, limited to your two family members. The judge will not lower placing due to ability to fit. No pairs classes will be shown. Mini 4-H showmanship will only be offered virtually.

Horse & Pony

The Horse & Pony show will follow a similar schedule as past years, but will begin at 8am on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Fair Entry deadline to remain June 23. Vaccination papers will need to be brought to the show, make sure vaccines are administered one week before show for effectiveness. Dues must be turned in by July 1, no record books are required in 2020. Measurement dates ate July 1, 5, and 7th at club practices. In addition to the two adult family members, if a horse is leased the owner is allowed to attend. Trailers must be parked at least 12 ft apart for distancing.

Poultry

Show to begin at 10 am on Monday, July 13, no arrival before 6am. Poultry volunteers will set-up cages in the cattle barn on Sunday. Entries will be limited to 12 chickens and 4 other poultry for a 16-bird maximum. Mini 4-Hers can exhibit 2 birds. Families will add birds to cages one at a time.

Rabbits

Show to begin at 5pm on Friday, July 17, with check-in from 3:00-4:30pm in the Livestock arena. 4-Her’s will bring rabbits in cages and distance throughout the livestock barns. Entries will be limited to 5 rabbits plus 1 meat pen,1 single fryer and, a Breeders Class. Mini 4-Her’s are allowed to show one rabbit.

Sheep

Show to begin at 5pm on Monday, July 13, no arrival prior to 3pm. Declared weights will be submitted on an electronic form from Tuesday, July 7 by end of day Thursday, July 9. The costume and Mini 4-H show will only be offered virtually. Pair classes will be shown. Born & Raised will be offered with one entry in each ram, lamb, and ewe class. Showmanship will be offered at the conclusion of the show. Sheering will not be permitted at fairgrounds. Show day fitting will be permitted as long as all social distancing is maintained and animal welfare is closely monitored. No outside fitters will be allowed, limited to your two family members. The judge will not lower placing due to ability to fit. Limited stalling will be available in the sheep and goat barn.

Swine

The show will begin at 8am on Tuesday, July 14 with breeding gilts. Swine can arrive at any time they choose after 6am, you are responsible for being ready for your class. Grand Champion classes will be shown at the end of each category, no Grand Drive. Any breaks in the show will be up to the judge. Born and Raised classes will not be offered. Showmanship will be offered at the conclusion of the show. Declared weights will be submitted on an electronic form from Friday, July 9 by end of day Sunday, July 12. A show bill will be emailed Monday prior to the show, any changes are to be submitted by 6pm Monday. Some classes may be combined. Limited stalling will be available in the swine barn, no tack pens allowed. Holding pens will not be used.

Livestock Auction

See attached document on the 2020 4-H Livestock Premium Add-on Auction. 

Sincerely,

Sara Haag

4-H Youth Development

Extension Educator

shaag@purdue.edu

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