4-H & FFA
It is the intent that the 4-H’er take responsibility for caring for and grooming his/her own animals. If assistance is needed it should be aimed at helping the 4-H member learn new skills.
Agricultural Department1. COUNTIES EXHIBITED IN: An exhibitor may show in the county in which they reside or in the county in which his or her club or chapter is located. They may show in one or the other, but not both.2. ENROLLMENT: Exhibitors must be 4-H or FFA members and must have completed the enrollment process is 4-H Online.3. LIVESTOCK ID FORMS: Projects as listed on the 4-H Livestock Identification Reports are due in the Extension Office no later than June 1st. The following projects must be identified in the following manner and the identification must match with that listed on the 4-H Livestock Identification Reports.• Market Beef - 4-H Ear tags. (Market beef must be weighed and identified at county weigh-ins no later than January 31st. Must use county provided ear tags.) • Breeding Beef - ear tags or tattoo• Cow/Calf - ear tags, tattoo, or brand (both cow and calf). Birth weight and date certified and identification made within 3 days of calf birth.• Bucket/Bottle Calf - Must be born between January 1st and May 15th of 2020; 4-H ear tag.• Bucket/Bottle Plus 1 - Must be born between January 1st and May 15th, 2019. Must be weighed in and identified at county weigh-ins no later than January 31st; 4-H ear tags.• Swine - 4-H ear tags• Dairy - ear tags (any kind) or tattoo• Goats - ear tags or tattoo• Sheep - 4-H ear tags • Rabbits - No ear tags, brands, or tattoos necessary• Poultry - Bands, Pullorum tested.• Horses - Sketch or picture.• Pets - Sketch or picture.• Cats - Picture or description.• Dogs - Picture or description.All Identification reports will be examined by the FFA advisors and 4-H Committee on the first day of the fair. If identifications do not match the report forms, the animal will not be permitted to exhibit. ALL LIVESTOCK MUST BE BORN BY THE MAY 15TH ID DEADLINE IN ORDER TO SHOW AT THE COUNTY FAIR FOR THE CURRENT YEAR. (EXCEPTION: COW/CALF CALVES MUST BE BORN BY MAY 1ST).4. LOST EAR TAGS: If any ear tags are lost, the Extension Office should be notified and replacements made.5. CLUB ATTENDANCE RULE: 4-H members must attend 50% of all club meetings from July 1 to July 1. All new members must attend 50% of all club meetings from the time they enroll until July 1. FFA members must attend 50% of all FFA meetings.6. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXHIBITION OF LIVESTOCK: All 4-H and FFA exhibitors must conform to the requirements for the Exhibition of Livestock, Poultry and Birds as set forth in this book.7. RIBBON PLACINGS: All entries will be placed on a merit basis into three classes: blue, red, and white ribbon groups. Each class may contain several blues, several reds, a several whites.8. WHEN THERE IS ONLY ONE ENTRY IN A CLASS: Where there is only one entry in a class, a blue, red or white ribbon will be awarded, depending on the decision of the judge. All decisions of the judges are final. Exception: All market beef steer classes, with the exception of Produce of Dam and Miniature classes, must have at least two animals for the class to be held. If there are less than two animals, the member will select another class in which the steer is eligible to compete.
9. EXIBITOR DRESSCODE: Exhibitors must wear official 4-H or FFA shirts and emblems, (the official 4-H shirt is the white T-shirts with 4-H emblem, which come from the Extension Office), while in the show ring, long pants or skirts and closed-toe shoes or boots. 10. PRE-ENTRY: Advanced entries for livestock and pets for the county fair must be made in the Extension Office on or before June 29th, 30th or July 1st. No entries will be accepted after 5:00pm on July 1. Stall assignments will be made from these entries. This includes 4-H and FFA entries. Livestock registration papers must be presented at the Extension Office on the days of Pre-Entry for the County Fair (for Goats, Sheep, and Beef Breeding Stock). 11. ELIGIBILITY TO EXHIBIT (AGE): 4-H Eligibility to exhibit at the county fair is determined by the grade the Exhibitor was in for the 2019-2020 school year. Junior: 4th, 5th, 6th grades Intermediate: 7th, 8th grades Senior: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades Eligibility to Exhibit ends for a 4-H’er the year after they graduate. FFA maximum age is 21 years, or until fourth national convention after year of graduation, whichever comes first.12. ANIMALS CHANGING OWNERSHIP: Animals changing ownership after being started in a project are ineligible to be exhibited as a 4-H or FFA project this year.13. LAMBS/GOATS-SLICK SHORN: ALL MARKET LAMBS AND GOATS MUST BE SLICK SHORN AND SHOW READY UPON ARRIVAL AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.14. SHEEP/MEAT GOAT INSPECTIONS: ALL SHEEP AND MEAT GOATS MUST BE INSPECTED BY THE OFFICIAL FAIR VETERINARIAN PRIOR TO UNLOADING AT THE FAIR ON DAY OF SHOW.15. LAMB FEED STORAGE: All feed for lambs will be kept in closed containers on the fairgrounds.16. GROOMING RULES: No artificial hair may be used on an animal’s legs. No “alterations” may be made to animals beyond clipping and general grooming. No drugs, artificial hair, pumping (No pumps on grounds or items used to perform such procedures), surgery, oil injections, etc. (Exceptions include: surgical dehorning, implants such as Ralgro or Compudose, and artificial tails). Violators will be disqualified. 17. WASH RACK USAGE: At county fair, all wash racks will be used only by those animals being shown and judged that day. After judging is finished and the racks are not in use, animals may use the racks on a first-come basis. Use common sense. Every courtesy should be exercised so there are no problems in this area. No feeding of livestock on wash racks.18. EXHIBITOR NUMBERS: Exhibitors must wear exhibitor number when showing.19. EXHIBITING YOUR OWN ANIMALS: All 4-H and FFA members must personally exhibit their animals at the Fair. Exception will be granted if a member is injured or seriously ill at the time of the show or shall have been called to active duty in the armed forces. If more than one animal is entered in a class, another qualified person may help show. Only Iowa 4-H or FFA members may assist with showing.20. ANIMAL OWNERSHIP: All projects must be owned by and identified to the individual 4-H or FFA member or show logical family relationship (parent, grandparent, legal guardian or sibling). When registration papers are involved, the papers must be in the member’s name or show a logical family relationship. Proof of ownership must be available upon request. 21. MARKET BEEF DAILY RATE OF GAIN: All market beef must have 2.2 lb rate of gain and market heifers must have a 2.0 lb rate of gain to be Champion or Reserve Champion. 22. MARKET ANIMALS WEIGH-IN RULES: Market animals may only be weighed in once at the county fair, and they cannot be wet down or have any type of blanket or any type of covering on them for weigh-in.23. BUCKET BOTTLE PLUS 1: Last year’s bottle calves exhibited at the county fair this year may be shown as Market Beef, Breeding Beef, Dairy or Bucket Bottle Plus 1, and must follow the rules pertinent to each class.24. BEEF & SHEEP FAMILY FARM BORN & RAISED CLASS RULE: For Market Beef, Breeding Beef, and Market Sheep Family Farm born and raised classes, the animal must be born and raised on the Family Farm.25. VIOLATION OF ANY RULES: Violation of any rule will result in the project becoming ineligible and sent home.26. EXHIBIT DAMAGE: All entries shall be under the control of Board of Directors during the fair; however, the Fair Board is not responsible for any damage or harm or theft of any exhibit, exhibitor, or exhibitors’ property.
27. RULE FOR EXHIBITING BOTH FOR 4-H & FFA: For those enrolled in both 4-H and FFA, livestock projects may be shown as either 4-H or FFA, BUT NOT BOTH. Neither can any project be shown at more than one county fair.28. LIVESTOCK TRAILERS RULE: NO LIVESTOCK TRAILERS ARE TO BE LEFT AT THE FAIR GROUNDS OVERNIGHT.29. POULTRY PULLORUM TESTING: All poultry and fowl must be pullorum tested no earlier than 90 days of public exhibit and must be done by an authorized tester, Unless brought from a pullorum free flock. Must have proof of being tested or bill of sale from pullorum free flock.30. MARKET BEEF ALL OTHER BREED CLASS RULE: The All Other Breeds class for Market Beef will be open to steers only, that are eligible to be registered in that particular breed and could not show in that breed class due to the lack of a second steer in that breed class. There must be at least two steers in the All Other Breeds class in order for the class to take place. 31. NEW CLASS ADDITION DEADLINE: ALL NEW CLASS ADDITIONS FOR THE 2020 APPANOOSE COUNTY FAIR MUST HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO THE 4-H ADULT COMMITTEE BY JANUARY 1, 2020.32. DISRUPTIVE CATTLE: FOR SAFETY CONCERNS & LIABILITIY REGULATIONS, DISRUPTIVE CATTLE WILL BE DISMISSED BY THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MEMBERS. DISMISSED LIVESTOCK WILL NOT BE ELGIBLE TO SHOW, THEREFORE UNABLE TO BE SOLD AT THE FAIR SALE.33. Cannot inset/drench or probe anything into the anus of any livestock. 34. All male animals that come to weigh-in must be castrated. 2020 Health requirements for Exhibition of Livestock, Poultry and Birds at County Fairs, 4-H and FFA ExhibitionsAny evidence of warts, ringworm, foot rot, pink eye, draining abscesses, or any other contagious or infectious conditions will eliminate the animal from the show. No individual Certificate of Veterinary Inspection will be required on animals or poultry Exhibited at a County Fair, 4-H or FFA Exhibition, but animals must be inspected when unloaded or shortly thereafter, by an accredited veterinarian. Each show must have an official veterinarian. Quarantined animals or animals from quarantined herds cannot be exhibited. Swine exhibitors at local or county fairs that do not require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, must sign an owner affidavit that the animals being exhibited did not originate from a quarantined herd, and, to the best of their knowledge, swine dysentery or pseudo rabies has not been in evidence in their herd for the past 12 months.SHEEP AND GOATSAll sexually intact sheep must have an individual Scrapie Flock of Origin identification tag. All sexually intact goats must be identified with an individual Scrapie Flock of Origin identification tag or by an official registered tattoo. Any evidence of club lamb fungus, ringworm, draining abscesses, foot rot, sore mouth, or any other contagious disease will eliminate the animal from the show.DOGS AND CATSAll dogs and cats exhibited must have a current rabies vaccination certificate. The decision of the official show veterinarian will be final.John J. Schiltz, State Veterinarian Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bureau of Animal Industry