GREENSBURG – With the Decatur County fair just around the corner, it’s time for 4-H members to get moving in preparation.
The following is a list of the scheduled animal shows and the pertinent information that goes along with them.
In a process that began with a weigh-in that took place in January, 4-H members registered their animals and completed official enrollment forms by May 15, allowing them entry to the animals shows at the county fair and, where applicable, entry in the 4-H livestock sale. All animals must meet the health requirements as listed in the 4-H Official Health Requirements. All animals must be under the care of the 4-H exhibitor no later than May 15. Animals enrolled after May 15 are ineligible to compete.
All 4-H participants are divided into three categories, depending on the shower’s grade in school. Level one covers grades three through five, level two covers grades six through eight and level three covers grades nine through twelve. Each level has different requirements based on their skills and experience.
Proper care for all animals is required, which includes timely feeding and watering, as well as clean up around displays. Failure to meet this requirement could result in disqualification and forfeiture of the right to participate in showing, as well as loss of winnings. The shows, times and a bit of information on each is listed below:
Check-in and weigh-in of livestock for the 4-H Beef will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. July 13. Judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 15 in the show area at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
In order to assemble a beef project to be shown at the county fair, each 4-H member must first select a steer calf or weanling heifer calf weighing at least 400 pounds, complete the livestock record, complete all enrollment forms on time and identify each animal with an ear tattoo or tag.
Exhibition guidelines allow a 4-H member to enter up to six steers, but no more than two animals may be entered into any one class. All 4-H steers will be shown by breed and weight while all heifers will be shown by breed and age.
Prizes will be awarded in the areas of Beef Showmanship, Rookie Showmanship, Junior Showmanship, Senior Showmanship, Expert Showmanship, Grand Champion Heifer, Reserve Grand Champion Heifer, Grand Champion Decatur County Born & Bred Heifer, Reserve Grand Champion Decatur County Born & Bred Heifer, Grand Champion Steer, Reserve Grand Champion Steer, Grand Champion Decatur County Born & Bred Steer, Reserve Grand Champion Decatur County Born & Bred Steer, Beef Rate of Gain, Breed Champion, Grand Champion Cow Calf Pair, Reserve Grand Champion Cow Calf Pair, Grand Champion Starter Calf, Reserve Grand Champion Starter Calf, Riley Memorial Award, and 10-year Beef Member Award.
4-H Dairy Cattle
Check-in and weigh-in of dairy cattle will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. July 14. Judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 15 in the show area of the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
All dairy animals will be shown by breed with a release date of July 18, immediately following the Tom Swain contest. Any animals over two years of age that have received Grand Championship honors in previous years are ineligible for further championship competition. Group judging will be continued as it has in years past. Individual animals are not required to be identified, just the total number of animals. The 4-H Showmanship contest will be held after the show, with all exhibitors eligible to compete.
All classes will be shown in the following order: Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Holstein, Milking Shorthorn, five year and older cow, four year and older cow, three-year-old cow, two-year-old cow, junior two-year-old cow, senior yearling, intermediate yearling, junior yearling, summer junior yearling, senior calf, fall senior calf, junior calf.
The Grand Champion will be allowed to auction a gallon of milk and the Reserve Grand Champion will be allowed to auction a pound of cheese in the 4-H livestock auction. Awards will be given for Beginner Showmanship, Intermediate Showmanship, Senior Showmanship, Expert Showmanship, Junior Champion, Senior Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion. A grooming brush will be presented to all members completing their first year in the 4-H Dairy Project.
4-H Dairy Goat
Check-in and weigh-in of dairy goats will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. July 13. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. July 17 in the show arena at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
Any animal to be sold must be registered immediately after the show. Project manuals must be included with exhibits for all grade levels. Participants are grouped into three levels based on their grade in school.
All goats will be shown by breed and class and an exhibitor may show no more than two goats in each class. All goats that milk are required to be milked between 9 and 11 p.m. July 16. Male goats or goats with horns are not permitted at the fair. All Wether’s must be dehorned- no exceptions. Every goat must wear a collar and have a tie chain available. Goats must also be identified by an ear tattoo or tag and be shown by a 4-H member.
Exhibitors are suggested to wear long dark slacks and a white shirt, or an all-white outfit to exhibit dairy goats. Exhibitors of meat goats must wear Western outfits and holes will not be permitted. To be eligible to show in any Clover Bud/ Mini 4-H animal show, the mini 4-H’er (pre K to second grade) must enroll in the Clover Buds at the Extension Office prior to the show.
The show will proceed in the following order, alternating classes with the meat goats and shown by age, not breed. Junior Kids, Intermediate Kids, Senior Kids, Junior Yearlings, Senior Yearlings, Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Get of Sire, Produce of Dam, Mother & Daughter. Awards will be given for Best in Show: Junior Doe, Senior Doe, Grand Champion Boer Wether, Grand Champion Dairy Wether, Grand Champion Meat Wether, Grand Champion Pygmy Wether, Goat Herdsman, Beginner Showmanship, Intermediate Showmanship, Senior Showmanship and Expert Showmanship. Ribbons will be given to the top five placing in each class.
Check-in and weigh-in of sheep will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. July 11. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. July 13 at the show arena at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
Only Ewes will be eligible to show in Breeding Classes. Ewe lambs may be shown in market class or breeding class only. All market lambs must be sheared after July 1 to be eligible to show and classes will be broken by weights. Sheep classes are: Market class, Champion Market Lamb, Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Single Ewe Lamb, Pen of 2 Ewe Lambs, Single Yearling Ewe, Pen of 2 Yearling Ewes, Champion Ewe, Reserve Champion Ewe.
Awards will be given for Rate of Gain, Market Lamb, Shepard, Grand Champion Ewe, Grand Champion Ewe Lamb, Junior Showmanship, Intermediate Showmanship, Senior Showmanship, Expert Showmanship, Halter Class and Costume Contest.
Check-in for swine will be from 6 to 11 a.m. July 14. Judging will begin at 8 a.m. July 16 in the show arena at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.
It is strongly recommended that exhibited swine not be returned home after the fair. This practice has the potential to jeopardize the health of other swine in close proximity. No swine are to be unloaded until they have been checked. Each 4-H member must furnish the bedding for their own animals, only wood shavings are permitted.
A 4-H member may show no more than four swine total. All barrows and gilts to be sold in the 4-H livestock sale must be designated at check-in. All hogs not selling at the livestock sale must be out of the barn by Thursday evening before the auction Friday.
Ribbons will be presented to the top five placing in each crossbred and purebred class. Awards will be given for the Phil Metz Swine Herdsman, Pavy Stockywards, Grand Champion 4-H Gilt, Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Gilt, Grand Champion 4-H Barrow, Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Barrow, Lightweight Champion, Lightweight Reserve Champion, Middleweight Champion, Middleweight Reserve Champion, Heavyweight Champion, Heavyweight Reserve Champion, Beginner Showmanship, Intermediate Showmanship, Senior Showmanship and Expert Showmanship.
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