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January 14, 2021


General Rules


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. “My Record of 4-H Achievement” white card should be turned in to the fair office
  4. To exhibit dairy cattle, 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.
  5. All animals be owned or leased by and under the care of the 4-H member no later than May 1st
  6. All animals must be identified in the 4-H Online system by May 15th. Dairy cattle may be leased subject to approval of the Dairy Committee, 4-H Council and the Extension Youth Educator. Complete a lease form, available at the Extension Office and in the related files below.  All animals not identified by this date will be ineligible to show.
  7. Animals may be co-enrolled within the same family (siblings and step-siblings) within the 4-H Online system. Animals must be enrolled under the correct member in Fair Entry by the designated deadline. 
  8. Feed Record and Project Record Sheet must be completed. (See Animal Project manuals in General Rules of the 4-H Rule Book.)
  9. All animals must meet the State Health Requirements.  (See Health Requirement Section.)
  10. All dairy cattle must have an 840-RFID tag. 
  11. Each club member must own his/her own exhibit entirely or in part. Family corporations and/or partnerships of   4-H club member with parent or other adult is accepted in classes for breeding animals. A certificate of registration or transfer (no photocopies) must be presented to the 4-H project superintendent before the time of show. This certificate must show that the exhibitor owns the animals exhibited, either entirely or in part on or before the enrollment date. 4-H animals in 4-H breeding classes will NOT be accepted at the State Fair that are registered only in the father’s name or in a farm name, or such as “Smith View”, “Smith Oak”, etc. Acceptable registrations are (1) in the 4-H member’s name; (2) John Smith and sons; (3) John Smith, sons and daughters; (4) John Smith and Family – sons, daughters and/or legal guardian only; (5) John Doe and William Smith; (6) Long Oak and William Smith. Also acceptable are registrations in family corporations where the 4-H member’s name appears as a holder of stock in the corporation, and proof of same must be supplied on or before the enrollment date.
  12. Members may show any number of breeds.
  13. Members may show only one animal in one class.
  14. There will be no bull class.
  15. Champion ribbons will be given in each breed.
  16. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion may be won by the same 4-H member
  17. Classes will be offered in the following: Ayrshire, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn.
  18. Classes:

A.        Spring Calf - Born March 1 or later (at least 4 months old), year of show

B.        Winter Calf - Born December 1 to February 29, year of show

C.        Fall Calf - Born Sept 1 to November 30, year before show

D.        Summer Yearling - Born June 1 to August 31, year before show

E.        Spring Yearling - Born March 1 to May 31, year before show

F.        Winter Yearling - Born December 1 to February 29, year before show

G.        Fall Yearling - Born September 1 to November 30, 2 years before show

H.        Junior 2 year old cow – Born March 1 to August 31, 2 years before show

I.         Senior 2 year old cow – Born September 1 to February 29, 2 years before show         

J.         Junior 3 year old– Born March 1 to August 31, 3 years before show   

K.         Senior 3 year old - Born September 1 to February 29 , 3 years before show                

L.         Senior Plus 3 year old - Born September 1 to August 31, 3 years before show                

M.        4 year old - Born September 1 to  August 31, 4 years before show                

N.        5 year old and over - Born prior to August 31, 4 years before show                

O.        Dry Cow Class – any age   

P.         Exhibitors of the Senior Grand and Reserve Grand Champion will receive a banner. One member may receive both awards.

Q.        Exhibitors of the Junior Grand and Reserve Grand Champion will receive a banner. One member may receive both awards.

R.        Showmanship winner for each division will sell a basket of cheese or mild in the Livestock Auction.



  1. A 4-H member must show his own animal in the show ring.
  2. Group ribbons will be given in each showmanship class.
  3. Ribbons will be given to the first three places in each showmanship class.
  4. Showmanship is open to everyone that wants to participate.
  5. 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)

  1. Winners in each division will advance the following year to the next division.
  2. An award will be presented to the three class winners.
  3. 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.




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