4-H & FFA Jr. Livestock
ENTRY RULES AND INFORMATION
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* Please Note: All Livestock entries will be received through Gate 17 on 300 North. Please refer to this map, for the specific location.
Livestock Exhibitor Camping
There will be a limited amount of spaces available for camping in the livestock parking area this year. Please click here for a reservation application and more information.
Completed reservation forms can be faxed to 801-538-8455 or emailed to email@example.com
Jr Livestock Testing Program
Any 4-H or FFA youth exhibiting a lamb, hog, goat or steer at the Fair is eligible to compete. Don't miss out on this opportunity to exercise your knowledge! Click here for more details.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information on this website. However, exhibitors are cautioned that the current rules and regulations of the Utah State Fair Corporation, as interpreted by Fair Administration and the Board, take precedence over this listing due to the possibility of typographical error or inadvertent omission.
In the event of conflict between the general rules and the special rules governing the various departments, the special rules will take precedence.
The Board reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions and differences in regard thereto, or otherwise arising out of, connected with or incident to the Fair.
The Board reserves the right to amend or add to these rules, as it, in its judgment, may deem advisable.
Educational Exhibits - Exhibitors are urged to make a decorative and educational display.
Barn Prize - One $30 Barn Prize will be awarded to each Jr Livestock Barn. A committee named by the Supervisors will make inspections to determine the award. Judges will take into consideration the following:
(1) Orderliness and cleanliness of stalls and animals (2) Promptness in having stalls cleaned by 10:00 a.m. (3) Systematic and neat arrangements of equipment and feed (4) Personal appearance of exhibitor (5) Observance of all rules and regulations (6) Cooperation with the show officials (7) Decorations (8) Educational features
Bushman Farm & Livestock Co. offers rosettes to the top 12 placings in the Star Class for Market Steers, Market Lambs and Market Hogs. Judges will be asked to place the Star Class out in order to award these special awards.
Utah Farm Service Agency and Fortex/Fortiflex will award prizes to select winners in the Junior Livestock Departments.
Entry, Weigh In and Release Dates
(No exceptions on weigh-in schedule)
|DAIRY CATTLE||In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 4|
|Out after 9 p.m.||Sat - Sept 6|
|Dairy Goats||In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 4|
|Out After 9 p.m.||Sat - Sept 6|
|Market Goats||In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Weigh-In 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Out Released to Packer||Sun - Sept 14|
|SWINE||In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Weigh-In 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Out Released to Packer||Sun - Sept 14|
|Breeding Sheep||In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 4|
|Out After 9 p.m.||Sat - Sept 6|
|Market Lambs||In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Weigh-In 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.||Thurs-Sept 11|
|Out Released to Packer||Sun - Sept 14|
|Market Steers||In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Weigh-In 8 a.m.to 10 a.m.||Thurs - Sept 11|
|Out Released to Packer||Sun - Sept 14|
|Breeding Beef||Jr Breeding Beef Cattle should be brought in and remain at the Fair the same as the open show schedule. Jr Cattle will be judged prior to Open Show Cattle on their respective judging dates. There will be one Showmanship Class per rotation.|
OFFICIAL RULES & GUIDELINES
UTAH JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW ASSOCIATION
(2014 Show Season)
These rules and guidelines are aimed at standardizing Jr Livestock Shows in Utah. Standardization will help provide the best possible educational experience for the young people of the state who have 4-H or FFA livestock projects. The Utah State Jr Livestock Shows Association is given this responsibility by the Utah Code Section 4-2-2 (Rule 65-8) through the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Legislature.
CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics applies to anyone exhibiting animals in livestock shows in the State of Utah. It includes Junior as well as Open Class exhibitors who compete in structured classes of competition. All classes of livestock offered are included. The following practices or procedures are unacceptable and are defined as deceptive, fraudulent, unethical and inhumane in the care, fitting, preparation and showing of all classes of livestock:
- the use of any illegal drugs is prohibited; - legal or illegal substances used to phenotypically alter the appearance of an animal entered in livestock events are prohibited; - use of illegal drugs is considered a premeditated act; - any information obtained in the practice of illegal alteration of an animal will be turned over to the proper authorities for criminal prosecution.
This is a one-strike and you are out policy. Exhibitors will forfeit any premium, award or auction proceeds and will be prohibited from further competition at shows in the State of Utah, as well as being subject to criminal prosecution if proven guilty of any infraction of the Association rules.
1. Age - Exhibitors must be in the third grade, but not less than 8 years of age as of October 1 of the current 4-H year. Exhibitors can only show through the same season as their high school graduation, but not past their 19th birthday. Exception: disabled persons as defined by Public Law 98-527. In these special cases, animals must still be the project animal of the exhibitor and be cared for daily by the disabled person.
2. Group Affiliation - An exhibitor may enter a given show only as a 4-H or FFA member, but not both. Exhibitor must declare one or the other at time of entry.
3. Ownership of Animals - The exhibitor will own, possess, feed, and care for his/her project animal(s) for not less than 100 consecutive days for market beef and 60 consecutive days for market swine, market sheep and market goats, immediately prior to the show they intend to participate in. No interruption of ownership or possession can occur.
4. Fitting on Show Grounds - The fitting of animals will take place in areas designated by the livestock show committee. Parents, guardians, siblings, club leaders, Extension/4-H agents and FFA advisors may assist, and are encouraged to assist, the younger exhibitors. However, each exhibitor must be working with the project animal and be in attendance with that animal during the entire fitting process.
5. Code of Ethics (a) Treating an animal internally or externally with any irritant, counterirritant or other substance used to artificially change the conformation or appearance of an animal for show is considered unethical, inhumane and is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of graphite, powders, hemp, artificial hair, coloring, common products such as fly spray, ointment or liniment used to the point that it is irritating, or similar type products. The use of dyes, spray paint or other artificial coloring which result in altering an animal's true and natural appearance and/or color is prohibited. Adding false hair or hairlike material, fleece, or skin at any point, spot or area of the animal's body is illegal and will result in immediate disqualification. Any liquid or substance not considered part of an accepted and normal diet for livestock is deemed illegal and inhumane. For example: the use of alcoholic or carbonated beverages as a drench or filler, etc. Drenching will not be allowed unless the show veterinarian or a show official is present and is needed for emergency purposes only.
(b) The use of tranquilizers, sedatives or depressants which alter the physical or physiological state of the animal is illegal. Exceptions to this rule would be licensed, certified veterinarian treatment for a recognized disease or injury, or recommendation for tranquilizing breeding animals in heat that might compromise the safety of others. The drugs must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in meat producing animals. All exhibitors will advise show management of any drug and/or medication administered to an animal that might be detected at the time of showing or at meat inspection. The name of the drug, its purpose, the person who administered the drug, time and date of administration will be presented to show management prior to the showing and sale of the animal. Failure to report this information to the show management will result in severe penalty and/or disqualification. Any use of drugs or substances not approved by the Food and Drug Administration is strictly prohibited. The use of feed products with Ractopamine (i.e. Paylene) is banned in all animals. All animals entered into livestock competition will be subject to testing for foreign substances that exceed acceptable levels established by the FDA, FSIS, USDA or EPA. During the livestock event, in the case of an animal requiring treatment, all medication shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the livestock show officials shall be notified.
(c) Surgery, injection or insertion of foreign material under the skin and/or into the flesh of an animal to change the natural contour, conformation or appearance of animal's body is illegal. This includes vegetable oil, silicon or other substance used to alter the shape of an animal. Acceptable practices of physical preparations which are allowed include: clipping of hair, trimming of hooves, dehorning or removal of ancillary teats.
(d) The use of inhumane fitting, showing and/or handling practices or devices shall not be tolerated. For example: breaking tails, striking of the animal to cause swelling or for bracing purposes, use of an electrical contrivance, muzzles, etc. is not acceptable.
(e) Direct criticism or interference with the judge, show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives or show officials before, during or after the competitive event is prohibited.
(f) At the time an animal is sold at auction the exhibitor shall be held directly responsible for animals that are rejected at the processing center due to the presence of foreign residues. The seller may be liable to the buyer for an amount equal to three times the purchase price and may also be liable for attorneys' fees and civil penalties. Show management may share acceptable intelligence and evidence information with FDA or USDA. If, for any reason, any part of a meat animal carcass must be removed by the FDA or USDA inspectors, the market price will be discounted.
(g) Show management reserves the right to require animal health certificates. Health inspection and diagnostic tests may be made before or after animals are on the livestock show premises for exhibitor and animal safety, or to inaugurate disease control procedures which may become necessary in emergencies as determined by animal health officials. Any violation of the "Utah State Jr Livestock Code of Ethics" or specific rules as designated by individual fairs and livestock shows will result in forfeiture of premiums and awards, disqualification may result in probationary status and/or loss of eligibility for future participation in organized livestock competitions. Possible civil penalties may be imposed by the proper authorities based on evidence provided by the livestock show of exhibitors in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act/or the animal mistreatment, neglect and abandonment laws that apply on the local, state and national levels. Other cooperating shows will be notified of the action taken by show management which may affect the eligibility of the individual, group or sponsoring organization for participation at other shows. The decision of the livestock show management will be final.
6. Dress Code - 4-H - A long or short sleeve shirt which fastens down the front with a collar is mandatory. Shirts must be solid white in color and need not be Western style. Black or blue pants are to be worn. There is to be a 4-H emblem or patch on all 4-H members shirts. FFA - Either a white shirt, tie and FFA jacket or a white shirt with the FFA emblem and tie. The following will not be allowed: T-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, sleeveless shirts and vests. Exhibitors who fail to abide by the dress code while showing will forfeit any prize money.
Exhibitors must also follow the dress code when selling their animal at the auction or they will be fined $50.00 per animal sold.
7. Sales Fee - A sales fee not to exceed 5% will be withheld from sales checks by all state assisted shows. Any purchaser(s) of animals from a Junior Livestock Show Auction must pay the Show the full purchase price of sale regardless of buy-back.
8. Change of Ownership - Once an animal has gone through any state assisted sale, regardless of buy-back or no-sale, it is no longer eligible to enter another state assisted show.
9. Show Eligibility - Animals are eligible for any show for which they meet ownership and show requirements.
10. Lamb Docking Rule - Scientific research indicates that the incidence of rectal prolapse is reduced when the tail is docked in a non-extreme manner. The recommended method is to dock at the distal end of the caudal fold (3rd caudal vertebra). Complete tail removal (extreme docking) is not an accepted sheep production practice and is discouraged for all Utah Jr Livestock sheep projects. Market lambs or breeding sheep showing any sign of contagious disease or current or recent signs of prolapse, or with an open sore on the dock (rosebud), will be sifted from the show at the discretion of the state show vet at the time of check-in and his determination is final.
11. Name Change - If an animal has been shown in a market show, in-state or out-of-state, it must be shown in the same exhibitor name at all subsequent shows.
MARKET ANIMAL RULES
1. Drug Withdrawal - It is unethical and in most cases even unlawful to administer drugs to livestock within 20 to 30 days of slaughter. Animals too unmanageable to show should be withdrawn rather than tranquilized. This situation will be monitored by the local show committee and the show veterinarian. By federal regulation, random testing will occur at slaughter, and animals will be condemned which have been given any injection or oral dosage of tranquilizers, painkillers, antibiotics, diuretics, steroids, or other foreign substances during withdrawal periods before slaughter. All sales money will be withheld in such cases. Bloat medicine and other medication with no withdrawal requirements may be permissible. Exhibitors need to be aware of potential health hazards to consumers who eat animals that have received the above mentioned dosages.
2. Tagging - The Extension/4-H agent, FFA advisor or a member of their appointed committee shall tag each animal and process the proper forms. Should a tag be lost or pulled out of the animal's ear, the exhibitor will advise the committee supervisor immediately so the tag can be replaced and the appropriate paperwork can be processed. Proper tags must be in ear of animal prior to weighing in at State Fair.
3. Market Animal Weights:
Beef: minimum 1000 lbs; Sheep: minimum 110 lbs; Swine: minimum 240 lbs; Goats: minimum 40 lbs.
There are no upper weight limits at the show, but minimum weights will be in effect. Exhibitors need to understand that the market system penalizes animals under and over ideal market weights through lower prices. Animals too light to meet minimum weight may stay on the Fairpark to allow the exhibitor to participate in fitting and showmanship.
4. Extra Animals - Exhibitors may tag one extra animal per species for each show. Only alternates listed on the entry form can be shown. Alternates cannot be changed at weigh-in!
5. Entry Forms & Deadlines - Exhibitors are responsible for mailing their own entry form and are due at least thirty days before the show. Entries postmarked by that date will be accepted. Exhibitor must declare which animal(s) are to be shown, and submit an entry form and entry fee(s), including State Association ear tag numbers. The tag number and alternate tag number must be specified on the exhibitor entry form to be eligible. Forms must be signed by proper Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisor to verify exhibitor and animals are a legitimate entry for the show they are entering. Extension/4-H agents or FFA advisors should only sign forms for those youth enrolled in their programs. Eligibility for group and family feeding programs will be verified by the Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisor and parents. Entry forms for showmanship classes must also be submitted thirty days prior to the show and need to indicate class to be entered (species) and age of exhibitor. Payment of entry fees must accompany the entry form.
BREEDING ANIMAL RULES
1. Exhibitors are encouraged to expand their scope of livestock project experience to include breeding livestock projects.
1. The local show has the responsibility to enforce the rules and regulations at their show. Any further action needs to be submitted in writing to the State Junior Livestock Association Board. Shows that do not comply and enforce the rules adopted may lose Association funding. If immediate action is needed, the board of the Utah State Junior Livestock Shows Association is empowered to make the ruling decision. The State Veterinarian has the final ruling on lamb tail docking and any health issues.
Penalties for violation of any State Fair rules will be decided by the Utah State Fair Show Committee and the Utah State Fair Board of Directors.
4-H & FFA Dairy Cattle
4-H & FFA Goats