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4-H & FFA Junior Livestock Rules

General Rules & 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 to 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.

Entry Information


ENTRY FEE: $20.00 for market class - limit ONE per exhibitor

$8.00 per head for breeding animal class

1. Enter online at by the deadline posted above.
2. LATE ENTRIES may be accepted if space permits. If accepted, late entries will be charged a double entry charge. Late entries will not be accepted after September 3rd.
3. Please enter Showmanship by the deadline if you want to participate in the competition.
4. Exhibitors will receive six (6) gate admission day passes as part of their entry. Exhibitors with more than six (6) breeding animals may request up to two (2) additional day passes for show day help. Exhibitors may purchase additional gate admission gate admission tickets at a discount during online registration or at the livestock office during the show.

5. Exhibitors who also enter animals in the open show must do so in the same exhibitor name as their Jr Livestock entry.


1. Judges will place all animals numerically as well as by the Danish system (Blue, Red, or White) according to type, quality and condition.
2. Premiums will be paid only on exhibits deemed worthy by the judge.
3. Judges decisions will be final.


1. Exhibitors will not be allowed more than two ribbons and/or two monies in any one lot (regardless of the number of entries). Clerks will be careful to see that exhibitors receive their proper ribbon and money.
2. All money awarded for group or chapter exhibits becomes the property of the group.
3. Exhibitors leaving early without prior written approval from the supervisor will forfeit prize money.
4. All rules & regulations must be complied with or premiums may be withheld.

Health Regulations

1. A health certificate is required on all livestock with the exception of market animals, since they are inspected upon arrival. Please read the Health Regulations and Brand Inspection Requirements under the Livestock General Rules as it pertains to breeding livestock.

Market Animals

1. All Market (including Champion and Reserve) animals must be cared for by the exhibitor until they are released to the packer for shipping. Each exhibitor has absolute responsibility for the care and condition of the animal(s) they enter and bring to the Fair.
2. Sifted animals (not for health reasons) will be released during or immediately after weigh-in, unless the exhibitor is competing in showmanship.
3. Animals, which are not eligible for the auction for any reason, are the responsibility of the exhibitor and will be released after 9 pm on the evening of their respective judging days. White Ribbon animals will not be eligible for the Jr Livestock Auction.
4. All animal owners who wish to sell to the packer must notify the livestock office by 6:00 pm on Friday, September 17th.
5. Exhibitors MUST show and sell their own animals without exception.
6. The Grand and Reserve Grand Champion of each species will be drug tested immediately following the show. An exhibitor whose animal tests positive for any illegal substance will be penalized according to the guidelines established by the Utah State Fair Corporation.


1. Vet check will be performed upon arrival for initial screening of animals.
2. Animals will be filtered through weigh-in process from the trailer, which includes an additional review of animals for health and communicable diseases as well as fitness for public viewing. Veterinarian confirmation of health or advisement for this stage will be up to show management, and at their discretion or subject to the availability of a state veterinarian.
3. All weights recorded at the scale are final. All of one species must cross the same scale. Weights recorded at this time are for class placement and not a certification of weight.
4. Check in with the supervisor before tying or penning animals. All pens will be assigned. No placing of tack or equipment in pens will be allowed prior to receiving your pen assignment.
5. Any project animals not cared for properly, fed and watered and stall area kept clean, will forfeit all prize money and be subject to other penalties which could include being ineligible to enter exhibits in the future.
6. Should the General and Special rules conflict, the latter will govern. Exhibitors are required to read the Livestock General Rules.
7. 4-H & FFA exhibitors will show together.
8. Exhibitors must have an animal entered in their respective department to be eligible to participate in showmanship, and must show their entered animal.
9. No drenching of any animal will be allowed on the Fairpark without consent of show management.
10. The official tag listed on the entry form must be the only tag in the animals’ ear at the time of weigh-in (except for scrapie tags in ewe lambs and goats).

Educational Exhibits – Exhibitors are urged to make a decorative and educational display.

Utah Junior Livestock Show Association

Utah Junior Livestock Show Association

2021 Show Season

These rules and guidelines are aimed at standardizing junior livestock shows in Utah. Standardization will help provide the best possible educational experience for the young people in the state of Utah who have 4-H or FFA livestock projects. The Utah Junior Livestock Show Association is given this responsibility by the Utah Administrative Rule R65-8 and Utah Code Section 4-2-103(1)(i), 103(1)(m) through the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Legislature. These rules are to be in effect at any show receiving funds through the Association. Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of this information as it is distributed or published by member shows. However, exhibitors are cautioned that the current rules and regulations of the Utah Junior Livestock Show Association, as interpreted by the officers of the Association, will take precedence over such listings due to the possibility of typographical error or inadvertent omission.

  • A Total Experience: Exhibitors are encouraged to participate in the complete educational opportunity that junior livestock shows provide, such as the rate of gain, carcass, fitting and showing, record book, and livestock judging contests along with the judging of market and breeding animals. It is the purpose of these projects to develop life skills, animal husbandry and marketing skills among the participants.
  • Tagging: All animals must be tagged with standardized tag to be eligible to show at any Utah Junior Livestock Association supported show. Exhibitors will be verified as 4-H and FFA members in good standing by their county office or FFA advisor. Contact your county extension staff, FFA advisor, or show director for specifics on tagging animals and being verified within your county.


1. Age: -- Utah 4-H Age Divisons are based on a child's school grade. The Utah 4-H year will begin on September 1, 2020

    • Junior 4-H Members 3rd* through 5th Grade
    • Intermediate 4-H Members 6th through 8th Grade
    • Senior 4-H Members 9th through 12th Grade

*Youth MUST be age 8 AND in 3rd grade to participate in large animal projects. Youth turning 8 AND in 3rd grade may participate after their 8th birthday during the 4-H year. Please note that youth must turn 8 by the ownership deadline (100 days prior to the show for cattle, 60 days prior to the show for sheep, goats, and hogs) to participate in the livestock program.

2. Group Affiliation -- An exhibitor may enter a given show only as a 4-H or FFA member, but not both. Exhibitors 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 opening day of the show in which they intend to participate. No interruption of ownership or possession can occur. Every Grand and Reserve Champion will be tattooed in the left ear with a CH for champion. Animals with this tattoo are not eligible to enter and show in any association member shows.

4. Fitting on show grounds -- 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 (rules 5a through 5i) – The following practices or procedures are unacceptable in the care, fitting, preparation and showing of all classes of livestock. Any violation of association rules or specific rules as designated by individual fairs and livestock shows may result in forfeiture of premiums and awards, disqualification, and may result in probationary status and/or loss of eligibility for future participation in Association member shows. 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 member shows will be notified of any 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.

a. The use of any drug, tranquilizer, sedative, or depressant, which alters the psychological or physiological state of the animal, is illegal. Exceptions to this rule would be licensed, certified veterinarians, 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 animals. Failure to report this information 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. 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. This includes any non-labeled feed additives or substances not approved for that species. During the livestock event, in the case of animal requiring treatment, all medication shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the livestock show officials shall be notified. Use of an illegal drug considered a premeditated act and any information obtained in the practice of illegal alteration of any animal will be turned over to the proper authorities for possible criminal prosecution.

b. 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 an animal's body is illegal. This includes vegetable oil, silicon, or any other substance used to alter an animal's shape. Acceptable practices of physical preparations, which are allowed, include: clipping of hair, trimming of hooves, dehorning, or removal of ancillary teats.

c. 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 it 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, spry paint, or other artificial coloring, which results in altering an animal's true and natural appearance and/or color, is prohibited. Adding false hair or hair-like 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.

d. Each exhibitor has absolute responsibly for the care and condition of the animal(s) they enter and bring to the show.

e. The use of inhumane fitting, showing, and handling practices or devices shall not be tolerated. For example: breaking of tails, striking of the animal to cause swelling or for bracing purposes, use of an electrical contrivance, muzzles, etc. is not acceptable.

f. Direct criticism or interference with the judge, show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during, or after a competitive event is prohibited.

g. Market grand and reserve champion animals that pass through a sale, may be drug tested, at the discretion of the show.

h. At the time an animal is sold at auction at the livestock show, the exhibitors shall be held directly responsible for animals that are rejected at the processing center for any reason. The seller may be liable to the buyer for an amount equal to three times the purchase price and may also be liable for attorney's fees and civil penalties. Show management may share acceptable intelligence and evidence information with FDA or USDA. If, for any reason, the FDA or USDA inspectors must remove any part of a meat animal carcass, the market price will be discounted.

i. 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.

6. Code of Conduct - All 4-H and FFA members, family members, and associates will exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. Every exhibitor, family member and associate of exhibitor, is required to follow the Utah 4-H and Utah FFA Code of Conduct at any Utah Junior Livestock Association sponsored event. Here are a few points form the Code of Conduct that we want to remind you:

    • Have positive character and behavior
    • Follow guidelines and rules
    • Be responsive to reasonable request of show management and event staff
    • Be respectful of the safety of others
    • Dress appropriately, use appropriate language, and respect the rights of others
    • Be respectful of property
    • Do not behave recklessly, assault, threaten or harm another person
Be aware that abuse of animals or people of any kind by any member or associate will be cause for disqualification of the 4-H or FFA exhibitor. If any participant, volunteer, or associate violates the Code of Conduct or jeopardizes the safe environment of any Utah Junior Livestock Association sponsored activity or event, that individual will be subject to suspension from further Utah Junior Livestock Association activities. A suspension is appropriate if there are multiple written statements regarding the aforementioned behaviors, and if measures have been taken to correct the behavior with no change. Each situation is evaluated individually and will be discussed with county 4-H and FFA faculty and staff as appropriate to determine when the suspension can or will be lifted.

7. 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. 4-H patch with the 4-H emblem must be worn on the upper left sleeve. Patches must be visible during the event. No patch or patch not visible is not considered Official 4-H Dress. Acceptable patches include any previously manufactured USU patch or other 4-H patches available for purchase through the 4-H mall that includes a big clover. These are available online at Embroidered or screen printed 4-H clover emblem are acceptable. Questions regarding the official 4-H dress will be deferred to the Utah 4-H Website or the Utah 4-H representative in attendance of the show.

FFA - Either a white shirt, tie and FFA jacket, or a white collared 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 dress standards will forfeit prize money.

*State Fair Rule – Exhibitors must follow the dress code when selling their animal at the auction or they will be fined $50.00 .

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. Show Eligibility - Animals are eligible for any show for which they meet ownership and show requirements.

9. Change of Ownership - Once an animal has gone through any stockshow sale, regardless of buyback or no-sale; it is no longer eligible to enter a state assisted show.

10. Lamb Docking Rule – Scientific research indicates that the incidence of rectal prolapsed is reduced when the tail is docked in a non-extreme manner. The recommended method is to dock at the distal end on the caudal fold (3rd caudal vertebra). Complete tail removal (extreme docking) is not an accepted sheep production practice and is discouraged for all Utah Junior Livestock sheep projects. Market lambs or breeding sheep showing any signs of contagious disease or current or recent signs of prolapse, or with an open sore on the dock (rosebud), will be sifted from Utah Junior Livestock Shows at the discretion of the state show vet at the time of weigh in and their determination is final.


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 from their class rather than be tranquilized. The local show committee and the show veterinarian will monitor this situation. By federal regulations, random testing will occur at slaughter, and animals will be condemned which have been given any injection or oral dosages of tranquilizers, pain killers, 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 medications with no withdrawal requirements may be permissible. Exhibitors need to be aware of potential health hazards to consumers who eat animals that have received any abovementioned substances. Please do not put someone's life in jeopardy.

2. Tagging – Tagging policy and deadlines found at Should a tag be lost or pulled out of the animal's ear, the exhibitor will advise the show committee supervisor immediately so that the tag can be replaced.

3. Entry Forms & Deadlines – Exhibitors must check with each livestock show for entry deadline for that specific show. Exhibitors are responsible for mailing their own entry form. Entries postmarked by that date will be accepted. Exhibitor must declare which animals are to be shown, and submit an entry form and entry fees to the appropriate shows, including State Association ear tag numbers. The tag number and alternate tag number must be specified on the exhibitor entry form to be eligible. Entries may not exceed the limits for each show (see form 4) including one alternate animal per species entered. 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. The Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisor and parents will verify eligibility for group and family feeding programs. Entry forms for fitting and showmanship classes must also be submitted by the entry deadline of the show and need to indicate class to be entered (species) and age of exhibitor. Entry fees will not be withheld from sales checks. Entry fees are to be sent along with all entry forms.


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 Utah State Junior Livestock Shows 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 Corporation.

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