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January 13, 2021


General Rules


  1. To exhibit sheep, 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 animals must meet State Health Requirements. (See Health Requirement Section.)
  3. All sheep will be inspected upon arrival at the fair for contagious diseases. The decision of the committee and/or veterinarian will be final.
  4. All animals must be identified in the 4-H Online system by May 15th.
  5. If an animal isn’t entered in Fair Entry the animal will not show.
  6. Any one animal may not be enrolled by more than one 4-H member, except for siblings or step-siblings.
  7. Market Lambs and Ewe Lambs must be in the possession of the 4-H member by May 1. All other animals must be in the possession of the 4-H member by January 1.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. “My Record of 4-H Achievement” white card should be turned in to the fair office during the fair.
  11. Feed records for market lambs and ewe lambs must begin May 1. Records for other animals should begin January 1.
  12. To be properly identified in the 4-H Online system (at our county Sheep ID Day), registered ewes must have the tag number that corresponds to the registration paper correctly listed in the 4-H Online system, commercial ewes must have the 5-digit county tag number or the farm flock tag number correctly listed in the 4-H Online system, and market lambs must have the  5-digit county tag number correctly listed in the 4-H Online system. To be eligible for the Indiana State Fair, DNA follicle samples and RFID tags are required.
  13. Registration papers and breeding stock papers are required at check-in.
  14. Members may show three (3) breeds including 3 different market lambs. Market lamb must show breed characteristics or sifting committee to verify. If breeding characteristics are not shown, will be placed in crossbreed.
  15. Only one entry in each class per 4-H member will be permitted, with the exception of Market Lamb where three (3) entries are permitted.
  16. Market Lambs will not be permitted to have more than 5 days of wool growth at the time of fair check-in.
  17. Market lambs will not be permitted to show with the existence of belly wool.
  18. Breed is to be declared at check-in and breed will not be able to be changed after that day.
  19. All sheep must be docked at time of show.
  20. Straw is not allowed in the Sheep / Swine Barn. This is a State Fire Marshal rule.
  21. Order of show will be announced.
  22. Lambs must show in market classes in order to sell in Auction.
  23. Only one lamb may be sold in the Auction, but the other one market lamb (in pen of two) may be sold at appraised price if desired. Lambs selling in the Auction and to consignment must weigh a minimum of 80 pounds* at fair check in. Exception to this would be the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. *NOTE:  Animals weighing less than 80 pounds at Fair check in may exhibit and show, but cannot sell.
  24. All animals in a pen of two must be owned by ONE 4-H member.
  25. A rate or gain contest will be held for market lambs using the identification day weight and the fair weight.
  26. Members wishing to have their animals considered in the “Home Grown” competition (Market Lambs born and raised in Wells County) must check the box when identifying animals in the 4-H Online system at the county identification day. All Market Lambs will be shown in weight classes. There will not be separate “Home Grown” classes. When Market Lamb classes are assigned at the Fair, the “Home Grown” animals will be indicated. The highest place “Home Grown” Market Lamb in each Market Lamb class will return for Champion Home Grown Market Lamb. The 2nd place “Home Grown” in each Market Lamb class would not return – only 1st place returns. The Honor System is a requirement in order for success of this class. The Sheep Committee will make the final determination if there is an animal in question.
  27. Placing ribbons for the first five places will be awarded. Other participants will receive an Award of Merit Ribbon. Champion Ribbons for each breed will also be awarded.
  28. An overall Grand and Reserve Grand will be chosen for breeding ewes and market lambs. Reserve Champions of each breed will be considered if breed champion is selected. A single 4-H member can receive both Grand and Reserve Grand Champion.



  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.


Classes will be as follows:  (each of the following classes will be broken down by breeds) Breeding stock classes are required to have registration papers. Breeding stock without papers will show as a crossbred.


  1. Breed
  2. Crossbred


      1.  Entry will be one ewe lamb and may be taken from pen of two ewes. Must

           be born after September 1 and show lamb teeth.


      1.  Lambs must be born after September 1 and show lamb teeth.

      2.  Will be judged as breeding ewes.


      1.  Entry will be one ewe, born prior to September 1, and may be taken for pen of two

           yearling ewes.


     1.  Entry will be two ewes born prior to September 1.


     1.  Must be at least 2 years of age at time of 4-H Fair.


      * Lambs will be shown by breed characteristics. Three (3) entries per exhibitor are permitted.

  1. Will be judged for market quality.
  2. Market Lamb may be a ewe or wether.
  3. Must be born after September 1 and show lamb teeth.
  4. Market lambs should have no more than 5 days of wool growth at time of fair check-in.
  5. May be taken for a pen of two market lambs.
  6. Market lamb classes will be shown by weight and no more than 12 in a class. Classes will be determined by the superintendent and his committee


      1.  Will be judged for market quality.

      2.  May be ewes or wethers.

      3.  Must be born after September 1 and show lamb teeth.

      4.  Market lambs should have no more than 5 days or wool growth at the time of fair check in.


     See Rule #16 in Sheep, General Rules.




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