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.