Department C: Livestock


General Rules and RegulationsLivestock InfoMarket Livestock Check-In Information2017 Livestock Workshop Information2017 Rate of Gain ContestYouth Fair Dress CodeLivestock Auction RulesFitting & Showing ClassesCode of Ethics

General Rules and Regulations

The Berkeley County Youth Fair Association reserves to its Executive Board the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and arbitrate, settle, and determine all matters in regard to and to add or amend them as they may deem advisable.

  1. All non-market animals must be pre-registered on line by June 1, 2017. Entries to be registered on-line at www.berkeleycountyyouthfair.org.
  2. All market animals must be checked in and ear tagged by the Berkeley County Youth Fair on the scheduled check in date in order to be shown and sold at the 2017 fair. An exhibitor may tag two animals per species. Market steers will be ear tagged on December 10, 2016 between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. Market goats and market lambs will be ear tagged on April 29, 2017 between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. Market hogs will be ear tagged on April 22, 2017 from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
  3. All poultry (except for pigeons and doves) must be blood tested on July 22, 2017 from 9 am until noon at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds in order to show at the 2017 fair.
  4. It is mandatory that all livestock exhibitors and/or parent/guardian attend one fair sponsored workshop prior to the fair OR exhibitor attend one fair work day starting at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.  All 1st and 2nd year livestock exhibitors will be required to attend the 1st and 2nd year livestock workshop as their mandatory workshop/workday prior to the fair.  If the exhibitor and/or parent/guardian are not present, the exhibitor does not show or sell at the 2017 fair. Workshop dates and fair workdays will be determined by the fair and will be listed on the fair website.
  5. It is mandatory that all livestock exhibitors attend individual species meetings (species being exhibited by exhibitor) on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Times and locations of meetings will be posted during registration on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:00 am.
  6. Exhibitors may only bring one market animal per species to fair registration on Saturday, August 5, 2017 (steers, goats and lambs) or Sunday August 6, 2017 (swine). The market animal that is to be shown must be determined prior to the arrival on the fairgrounds.
  7. No animals shall be unloaded until health papers are checked and approved by a state official designated by the fair. Fair officials reserve the right to reject any animal which is designated or otherwise undesirable. All animals arriving on a truck with contaminated animals will be sent home.  The final disposition of all entries shall be made by WVDA Animal Health Inspector or in their absence, a local fair official
  8. Breeds will show separate for breeding classes, however swine and poultry will be shown as classes indicated in the swine and poultry section and not breed specific for 2017.  All market animals will be shown by weight divisions.
  9. Exhibitors must keep area clean and properly care for animals throughout the fair week.  Animal pens must be cleaned regularly.  Repeat offenders will be required to remove all animals from the fair.
  10. Closed-toe shoes must be worn whenever handling any animal.
  11. Fair Board reserves the right to have any exhibitor and their animals removed from the fairgrounds without liability during the fair for cause (including but not limited to threatening behavior, intoxication, or unsportsmanlike conduct). Acceptance of this rule is a condition of entry.
  12. Market steers must have been born in 2016. Market goats, market lambs and market hogs must be born on or after January 1, 2017.
  13. Underweight or overweight market animals will be shown in own class and receive a green participation ribbon. They will not be eligible for grand or reserve champion or rate of gain contest.
  14. Feeder calves will be weighed in on Saturday, August 5, 2017 after the market animals. They must weigh between 350 lbs and 650 lbs.
  15. All beef animals will have no horns.
  16. No intact male animals will be allowed with the exception of: Goats – nursing kids under three months of age; Beef – nursing bulls under six months of age; Horses – nursing colts under six months of age; Sheep – rams pre-registered for the ram class. (Excludes rabbits.)
  17. 1Nursing beef calves under six months old may be brought with mother and nursing goat kids under three months old may be brought with mother Chairperson must be notified by August 1, 2017.
  18. Nursing dairy calves are not allowed.
  19. Exhibitors not utilizing the automatic waterer for hogs are responsible for covering the nipple.  Optional waterers must not extend beyond the top of the pen.
  20. The Berkeley County Youth Fair will follow the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Fair & Festival Regulations and Recommendations in regards to health requirements.
  21. Good sportsmanship should prevail at all times. Any exhibitor, parent or guardian participating in non-sportsmanship like conduct will forfeit all premiums and award monies due the exhibitor and the exhibitor may lose their privilege to participate in future competitions.
  22. All livestock must stay in the barn area.
  23. There will be limited movement in the barn area from 5 pm to 10 pm.
  24. No grooming chutes or tack/show boxes can be unloaded during check in times (Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 7 am until 10 am and Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 6 am until 9 am).  Please coordinate with each species chairperson when tack/show boxes, feed, hay, straw, grooming chutes, etc can be unloaded.
  25. Only Berkeley County Youth Fair issued awards (banners, trophies, ribbons, etc) are allowed to be hung or displayed in the barn, show ring and sale ring.
  26. All market animals must be clean and dried properly to weigh in on Saturday (steers, goats, sheep, feeder calves) and Sunday (swine).
  27. Exhibitors of all market animals will not be permitted to apply and/or use any type of adhesives, glue, dyes or paint products during the market animal sale.
  28. Livestock chairpersons will select judge for herdsman’s awards in his or her division.
  29. Exhibitors of livestock shall be required to show their animals in confirmation classes.
  30. All animals must be brought into the ring by the exhibitor or eligible substitute. Animals that cannot be shown properly and safely by the exhibitor may be disqualified and awarded a green ribbon. Market animals not brought into the ring will not be sold and will not receive any ribbon premiums. Decision will be made by the Executive Youth Fair Board and/or Livestock Committee.
  31. Only youth exhibitors may show their animals in the judging ring: except in championship classes where an exhibitor may have two or more animals qualified, another youth, eligible for participation in the Youth Fair, may show the other animals(s). No other person may be in ring except those designated by the persons in charge of the event.
  32. Exhibitors or eligible substitutes must be present during judging. If an exhibitor is unable to show an animal because of health or other unforeseen reasons, another participating exhibitor may show the animal with special permission from Executive Board and Livestock Committee. Request must be in written form and given to appropriate chairperson by Saturday, August 5, 2017, if time permits.
  33. No drenching is allowed on any animals unless performed or directed by a veterinarian.
  34. In the livestock classes, Grand and Reserve Champion awards will be given. The first place individual in each class will show for Champion and Reserve Champion unless otherwise designated by the judge. Second place animal in class will stand by for Reserve Champion.
  35. Exhibitors should be actively fitting their own animal while adults and/or other exhibitors should serve as mentors.
  36. Animals should be cared for by the exhibitor with adults acting as mentors and only assisting the exhibitor when the need arises.
  37. No person or exhibitor will be permitted to stay overnight on the Youth Fair grounds without special permission from the Executive Committee.
  38. Exhibitors may use stall dividers in the beef and dairy barns.  All dividers must be 8’ in length, 42” tall at the front of the divider and 30” tall at the rear of the divider allowing for a 2” plus or minus deviation. The maximum width is 4”.  The divider must be constructed to allow free movement of air (no solid dividers).  Any dividers that fall outside of these guidelines must be approved by their species chairperson prior to installing the dividers in the barn.  No other physical barriers are allowed between animal exhibits.
  39. Exhibitors must get approval from the Livestock Chairperson or Fair Board President before securely hanging fans. Air flow direction will be specified by Livestock Chairperson or Fair Board President. Only one fan per animal is permitted. Exhibitors are not allowed to bring generators to the fair without prior approval from the Livestock Chairperson or Fair Board President.
  40. Announcements made prior to the day of show takes precedence over printed material.
  41. Livestock may be released early to attend another 4-H or FFA sanctioned event. Requests must be submitted in written form with a copy of the completed entry form or event entry confirmation of the event attending.  Requests must be received by the Fair Board President by July 18, 2017. Once animal is released, it may not return to the 2017 fair.
  42. Upon release of animals at designated times, each exhibitor shall be required to clean out pen refuse as directed by fair officials. If pen is not cleaned, exhibitor will not exhibit that species at the 2018 fair.  Repeat offenders are subject to further disciplinary actions.
  43. The policy stated for the youth sheep projects (both breeding and market lambs) and for exhibition of animals by youth at fairs and shows in West Virginia is:
    • Beginning January 1, 2017, market lambs or breeding sheep entered in 4-H/FFA sponsored youth fair exhibits will be observed by Extension and/or FFA personnel for evidence of rectal prolapse.  Any lamb exhibiting signs of rectal prolapse will be disqualified from the event, any official tags removed, and the animal removed from the premises.
  44. Only animals that are to be shown at the 2017 fair can be housed at the fairgrounds during the current fair week (No companion animals are allowed).
  45. All market animal Grand and Reserve Champions will have a blood sample drawn following the completion of each show (random sampling could occur on any market animal). Immediately following award presentation and pictures, the chair or fair representative will escort the handler and animal to the designated area to obtain blood samples. If the exhibitor is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present during the blood sampling. The samples may be sent to an independent lab for drug screening. Grand and Reserve Champion (as well as the market animals that are randomly tested) award checks and sale checks will not be released until the test results are returned to the Berkeley County Youth Fair. If test results are returned unfavorable, the exhibitor will not receive award money or their sale check. The sale check will be returned to the buyer. The exhibitor is then prohibited from exhibiting any future indoor or outdoor exhibits for the remainder of their eligibility.
  46. At any time after an animal arrives on the fair or livestock show premises, all treatments involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal shall be administered or as directed by a licensed veterinarian. This practice is to ensure that we always provide the highest quality product available.

BEEF

Scott Boyd – Chairperson

Wednesday, August 9th, 8:00 am, Indoor Arena

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Breeding Stock

  1. Breeding stock must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. All beef animals will have no horns.
  3. Breeding classes will be shown by breed.
  4. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: Angus, Hereford, Maine Anjou, Shorthorn, Simmental and Crossbred.  Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  5. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  6. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  7. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Female of Show.
  8. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.

CLASSES:

Class 9.    Junior Heifer Calf – Born on or after January 1, 2017
Class 10.  Senior Heifer Calf – Born July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Class 11.  Junior Yearling Heifer Born January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
Class 12.  Senior Yearling Heifer – Born August 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Class 13.  Grand and Reserve Champion Heifer – Classes 9-12
Class 14.  Two & three year old – Born August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015
Class 15.  Aged Cow – Cow born before August 1, 2014
Class 16.  Grand and Reserve Champion Cow – Classes 14 and 15
Class 17.  Grand and Reserve Champion Female of Show – Classes 13 and 16

Feeder Calf

  1. Feeder calves must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Steer calves only are eligible; no heifer calves.
  3. Feeder calf must be broken to halter.
  4. Feeder calf must have been grass fed prior to show.
  5. All feeder calf entries must weigh between 350 and 650 pounds
  6. Feeder calves weigh in on Saturday, August 5, 2017

CLASSES:

Class 18. Feeder Calf
Class 19. Grand and Reserve Champion from Class 18

Market Steers

  1. Market Steers must be owned by December 10, 2016.
  2. Market Steers must have been checked in on December 10, 2016 to be shown and sold at the 2017 fair.
  3. Market Steers must have been born in 2016.
  4. Must have been on feed at least 120 days prior to show and broken to halter.
  5. Minimum weight of 950 lbs. to sell.
  6. Market Steers will be shown by divisions with a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion selected for each division: Light Weight, Medium Weight and Heavy Weight
  7. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of each division will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Steer.

CLASSES:

Class 20.  Market Steers – Underweight
Class 21.  Market Steers – Light Weight Division
Class 22.  Light Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers
Class 23.  Market Steers – Medium Weight Division
Class 24.  Medium Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers
Class 25.  Market Steers – Heavy Weight Division
Class 26.  Heavy Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers
Class 27.  Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steer – Winners of Classes 22, 24 & 26

Rate of Gain Contest

  1. This contest is open to all participating youth exhibiting market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs at the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  2. Exhibitors must enter the Rate of Gain Contest during online registration of the market animal.
  3. Exhibitors may enter two animals per species in the contest but only the animal brought to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will be eligible for awards. All participating animals must be tagged during the scheduled check-in date for the specific species.
  4. In order to participate in this contest and establish a beginning weight, all market animals must be tagged and weighed at the designated check-in dates as specified below:
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 9 am – 12 noon – Market Steer Check-in
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Hog Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Goat Check-in
  5. Ending weight will be taken at the Fair weigh-in on Saturday, August 5, 2017; ending weight for hogs will be Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  6. Optional Weigh dates:
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (10 weeks to fair)
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (6 weeks to fair)
  7. Animals must meet the minimum and maximum weights for the specific species as outlined in the Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Rules and Regulations to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  8. Youth are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Exhibitors may participate in more than one species.
  9. Awards will be presented to the top 3 placing animals per species. Awards will be presented during the 2017 Parade of Champions.

CLASSES:

Class 28.  Rate of Gain – Market Steer


DAIRY

Mikey Miller – Chairperson

Thursday, August 10th, 9:00 am, Indoor Arena

Showmanship Classes

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Dairy Rules

  1. Dairy animals must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Dairy classes will be shown by breed.
  3. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn.  Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  4. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  5. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  6. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Female of Show.
  7. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Junior Heifer Calf – Born March 1, 2017 – May 1, 2017
Class 10.  Intermediate Heifer Calf – Born December 1, 2016 – February 29, 2017
Class 11.  Senior Heifer Calf – Born September 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
Class 12.  Summer Yearling Heifer – Born June 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016
Class 13.  Junior Yearling Heifer Born March 1, 2016 & May 31, 2016
Class 14.  Intermediate Yearling Heifer – Born December 1, 2015 – Feb 28, 2016
Class 15.  Senior Yearling Heifer – Born September 1, 2015 – November 30, 2015
Class 16.  Junior Grand and Reserve Champion – Winners of Classes 9-15
Class 17.  Junior two year old (never freshened) – Born March 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015
Class 18. Senior two year old (never freshened) – Born September 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Class 19. Junior two year old (milking) – Born March 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015
Class 20. Senior two year old (milking) – Born September 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Class 21. Three year old – Born September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2014
Class 22. Four year old – Born September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2013
Class 23. Aged Cow – Five-year old & over – Born before Sept 1, 2012
Class 24. Dry Cow – Born before Sept. 1, 2014
Class 25. Senior Grand and Reserve Champion – Winners of Classes 17-24
Class 26. Female of Show – Winners of Classes 16 & 25


GOATS

Michelle McDonald – Chairperson

Sunday, August 6th, 1:00 pm, Indoor Arena

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Dairy Goats

  1. Dairy Goats must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. All dairy goats must have Scrapie ID Tag or legible tattoo.
  3. All dairy goats must have an official health certificate issued within 30 days of the fair or an Honor Herd certificate issued within the last year.
  4. Females only.
  5. Goats may have horns but they must be tipped.
  6. Dairy Goats will be shown by breed.
  7. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: Alpine, Nigerian Dwarf and Crossbred.  Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  8. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  9. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  10. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Female of Show.
  11. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Dairy Junior Kid – Born on or after February 1, 2017
Class 10.  Dairy Senior Kid – Born August 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Class 11.  Dairy Yearling – Born August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Class 12:  Jr Grand and Reserve Champion Dairy Goat – Winners of Classes 9-11
Class 13.  Dairy Senior Doe – Born August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015
Class 14.  Dairy Mature Doe – Born before August 1, 2014
Class 15.  Sr. Grand and Reserve Champion Dairy Goat – Winners of Classes 13-15
Class 16.  Dairy Goat Female of Show – Winners of Class 12 & 15

Non Dairy Breeding Stock Goats

  1. Non dairy goats must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. All goats must have a Scrapie ID Tag or legible tattoo.
  3. Females only from non-dairy breeding stock.
  4. All goats must wear a collar.
  5. Goats may have horns but they must be tipped
  6. All non-dairy breeding goats must have an official health certificate issued within 30 days of the fair or an Honor Herd certificate issued within the last year.
  7. Non Dairy Goats will be shown by breed.
  8. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: Boer, Fainting, Pygmy, and Crossbred. Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  9. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  10. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  11. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Non Dairy Goat.
  12. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.

CLASSES:

Class 17.  Non Dairy Junior Kid – Born on or after February 1, 2017
Class 18.  Non Dairy Senior Kid – Born August 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Class 19.  Non Dairy Yearling – Born August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Class 20:  Jr Grand and Reserve Champion Non Dairy Goat – Winners of Classes 17-19
Class 21.  Non Dairy Senior Doe – Born August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015
Class 22.  Non Dairy Mature Doe – Born before August 1, 2014
Class 23.  Sr. Grand and Reserve Champion Non Dairy Goat – Winners of Classes 21-22
Class 24.  Non Dairy Goat Female of Show – Winners of Class 20 & 23

Market Goats

  1. Market Goats must be owned by April 29, 2017.
  2. Market Goats must be checked in on April 29, 2017 from 8 am until 12 noon to be shown and sold at the 2017 fair.
  3. All market goats must have a Scrapie ID Tag or legible tattoo.
  4. All goats must wear a collar.
  5. Goats may have horns but they must be tipped.
  6. All goats must be a female or castrated male.
  7. Market goats must be born on or after January 1, 2017.
  8. Market goats must weigh between 60 lbs and 110 lbs in order to sell at the fair.
  9. Market Goats will be shown by divisions with a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion selected for each division: Light Weight, Medium Weight and Heavy Weight.
  10. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of each division will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Goat.

CLASSES:

Class 25.  Market Goats – Underweight
Class 26.  Market Goats – Light Weight Division
Class 27.  Light Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goats
Class 28.  Market Goats – Medium Weight Division
Class 29.  Medium Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goats
Class 30.  Market Goats – Heavy Weight Division
Class 31.  Heavy Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goats
Class 32.  Market Goats – Overweight
Class 33.  Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goat – Winners of Classes 27, 29 & 31

Rate of Gain Contest

  1. This contest is open to all participating youth exhibiting market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs at the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  2. Exhibitors must enter the Rate of Gain Contest during online registration of the market animal.
  3. Exhibitors may enter two animals per species in the contest but only the animal brought to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will be eligible for awards. All participating animals must be tagged during the scheduled check-in date for the specific species.
  4. In order to participate in this contest and establish a beginning weight, all market animals must be tagged and weighed at the designated check-in dates as specified below:
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 9 am – 12 noon – Market Steer Check-in
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Hog Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Goat Check-in
  5. Ending weight will be taken at the Fair weigh-in on Saturday, August 5, 2017; ending weight for hogs will be Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  6. Optional Weigh dates:
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (10 weeks to fair)
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (6 weeks to fair)
  7. Animals must meet the minimum and maximum weights for the specific species as outlined in the Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Rules and Regulations to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  8. Youth are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Exhibitors may participate in more than one species.
  9. Awards will be presented to the top 3 placing animals per species. Awards will be presented during the 2017 Parade of Champions.

CLASSES:

Class 34.  Rate of Gain – Market Goat


HORSE SHOW

Meghan Manor – Chairperson

Wednesday, August 9th, 8:00 am & Thursday, August 10th, 8:00 am

Acceptance of the following rules is a condition of entry. If a horse is not owned by the exhibitor, the exhibitor must supply a written agreement with pre-registration papers signed and dated by exhibitor and owner. Dates must run through Saturday, August 12, 2017.

***Project horse must be housed at the BCYF, Saturday, August 5th through Friday, August 11th, 2017***

  1. Horse must be designated as the project as of March 15, 2017.
  2. All horses must have a negative Coggins Test, within one year, presented at check-in.
  3. 4-H and USEF rules apply unless otherwise stated. 4-H rules take precedence.
  4. All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM and SEI approved head gear, with harness secured, when mounted.
  5. Closed-toe shoes must be worn when handling a horse.
  6. Exhibitors riding western style should wear proper western attire (jeans, belt, long-sleeve shirt, boots, and hat). Exhibitors riding English style should wear proper English attire (britches, collared shirt, jacket, boots, and hat). Exhibitors showing in the gaited division should wear appropriate attire for their style.
  7. Unless otherwise stated, classes will be judged on performance, manners, way of going, and suitability, with emphasis on manners. Equitation will be judged on seating, hands, control, and effective use of aids by the rider.
  8. The use of riding aids will follow 4-H and AQHA guidelines. Riding crops used in front of the saddle and humane, discipline-appropriate spurs used behind the cinch are acceptable. Dressage-style whips are not acceptable. Lounge whips are only allowed when working in the round pen.
  9. After 3 refusals of any obstacle, the exhibitor must move on to the next obstacle.
  10. Riders can only ride in the arena and must dismount before exiting. In the Contest Division, no running of the gate/chute will be allowed.
  11. No stallions, except for nursing colts under six months of age, allowed.
  12. No halters are to be left on the horse while in the stall or round pen, but halters and lead ropes should be easily accessible on the outside of the stall. No stall guards are allowed unless the exhibitor is present at the stall door.
  13. Show committee reserves the right to combine and/or cancel classes.
  14. All exhibitors are required to enter a Showmanship class with the animal that is housed at the fair to complete their project.
  15. Horses are required to stay in the designated barn/arena area at all times and may only be ridden in the arena, equipped with saddle and bridle.
  16. No one is to ride the horse on the fairgrounds except the designated exhibitor.
  17. All animals must be in stalls by 5:00pm each day. The horse barn closes at 11:00pm.
  18. Judge’s decisions are final.
  19. The Berkeley County Youth Fair, 4-H, FFA, or any of its volunteers will not be responsible for any accidents, injury, or loss of any exhibitor, person, horse, or equipment during the fair week.
  20. Good sportsmanship shall prevail at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in the forfeiture of premiums and dismissal of the exhibitor from further competition in the show.
  21. Only Berkeley County Youth Fair awards (banners, trophies, ribbons, etc.) may be hung or displayed in the horse barn area.
  22. Only one fan per animal is allowed.
  23. Announcements made prior to the day of the show take precedence over written material.
  24. Fair Board reserves the right to have any exhibitor and their animals removed from the fairgrounds without liability during the fair for cause (including, but not limited to, threatening behavior, intoxication, or unsportsmanlike conduct).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Walk-Trot/Jog Division:  Any exhibitor in their 1st year of riding in the Berkeley County Youth Fair.  Exhibitor may not cross enter into any other divisions.  This division is optional for participation.
Junior Division:  Must be 14 years of age or younger as of January 1, 2017.
Senior Division:  Must be 15 years of age or older as of January 1, 2017.

Showmanship and Class List
Wednesday, August 9th, 8:00 am

Class 1.)    Sr. Western—Showmanship
Class 2.)    Jr. Western—Showmanship
Class 3.)    Sr. Contest—Showmanship
Class 4.)    Jr. Contest—Showmanship
Class 5.)    Sr. English—Showmanship
Class 6.)    Jr. English—Showmanship
Class 7.)    Sr. Gaited—Showmanship
Class 8.)    Jr. Gaited—Showmanship
Class 9.)    Walk-Trot/Jog—Showmanship
Class 10.)  Sr. English—Pleasure
Class 11.)  Sr. English—Equitation
Class 12.)  Jr. English—Pleasure
Class 13.)  Jr. English—Equitation
Class 14.)  Sr. English—Hunter Hack 2’
Class 15.)  Jr. English—Hunter Hack 18”
Class 16.)  Walk-Trot/Jog—Pleasure
Class 17.)  Walk-Trot/Jog—Equitation
Class 18.)  Sr. 2-Gait—Country Pleasure
Class 19.)  Sr. 2-Gait—Equitation
Class 20.)  Jr. 2-Gait—Country Pleasure
Class 21.)  Jr. 2-Gait—Equitation
Class 22.)  Sr. Western—Pleasure
Class 23.)  Sr. Western—Horsemanship
Class 24.)  Jr. Western—Pleasure
Class 25.)  Jr. Western—Horsemanship
Class 26.)  Sr. Western—Trail
Class 27.)  Jr. Western—Trail
Class 28.)  Sr. 2-Gait—Trail Pleasure
Class 29.)  Jr. 2-Gait—Trail Pleasure
Class 30.)  Walk-Trot/Jog—Obstacle

Thursday, August 10th, 8:00 am

Class 1.)  Sr. Contest—Poles
Class 2.)  Jr. Contest—Poles
Class 3.)  Sr. Contest—Cloverleaf Barrels
Class 4.)  Jr. Contest—Cloverleaf Barrels
Class 5.)  Sr. Contest—50 Yard dash
Class 6.)  Jr. Contest—50 Yard Dash


POULTRY AND PIGEONS

Mikie Withrow – Chairperson

Wednesday, August 9th, 1:00 pm, Poultry Pavilion Area

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Poultry & Pigeons

  1. Poultry and pigeons must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. No roosters will be allowed in any class.
  3. All poultry (except for pigeons and doves) must be blood tested on July 22, 2017 from 9 am until noon at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds in order to be shown at the 2017 fair.
  4. There will be no ducks exhibited at the fair.
  5. Poultry will be shown as classes below and not breed specific.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Baby Chick Pullets – Under 5 months of age (3 birds constitute a class)
Class 10.  Laying Hens – Over 5 months of age (3 birds constitute a class)
Class 11.  Turkeys – Two hens hatched on or after March 12, 2016
Class 12.  Pigeons – One pair, as required in project
Class 13.  Exhibition Birds – All fancy fowl (2 or 3 birds constitute a class)
Class 14.  Other Fowl – One pair or two birds constitute a class No ducks
Class 15:  Grand and Reserve Champion – Classes 9 through 14


RABBITS

Stephanie Browning – Chairperson

Monday, August 7th, 8:00 am, Rabbit Barn Area

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Rabbits

  1. Rabbits must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Rabbits will be shown by breed.
  3. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: American Sabel, Californian, Champagne D’Argent, Dutch, Flemish, French Angora, Himalayan, Holland Lop, Jersey Wool, Lionhead, Mini Lop, Mini Rex, Mini Satin, Netherland Dwarf, New Zealand, Polish, Silver Fox, Silver Manta and Crossbred.  Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  4. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  5. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  6. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Rabbit.
  7. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Junior Doe –Born February 1, 2017 – April 30, 2017
Class 10.  Senior Doe –Born before February 1, 2017
Class 11.  Junior Buck –Born February 1, 2017 – April 30, 2017
Class 12.  Senior Buck –Born before February 1, 2017
Class 13.  Grand and Reserve Champion Rabbit


SHEEP

Lannie Shreck – Chairperson

Monday, August 7th 8:00 am, Indoor Arena

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Breeding Sheep

  1. Breeding Stock must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Breeding Classes will be shown by breed.
  3. Recognized breed classes for 2017 fair will be: Montedale, Natural Colored, Suffolk, Hampshire and crossbred.  Breeds not listed will be entered in the All Other Breeds (AOB) class.
  4. Any breed not having two or more entries in the show will be placed in the AOB class.
  5. First and second place from each class will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of their respective breed.
  6. Breed Grand and Reserve Champions will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Female of Show.
  7. Exhibitor may enter one animal per class per breed.
  8. Entries must have scrapie ID tag.
  9. All breeding sheep must have an official health certificate issued within 30 days of the fair or an Honor Flock certificate issued within the last year.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Junior Ewe Lamb – Born after February 15, 2017
Class 10.  Senior Ewe Lamb – Born January 1, 2017 – February 15, 2017
Class 11.  Fall Ewe Lamb – Born August 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Class 12.  Yearling Ewe – Born August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016
Class 13.  Mature Ewe – Born before August 1, 2015
Class 14.  Grand and Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe – Winners from Classes 9-13

Rams

  1. Must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Exhibitor can only bring one Ram Lamb to the fair. Exhibitor will need to register it in one of the classes below.

CLASSES:

Class 15:   Junior Ram Lamb – Born after February 15, 2017
Class 16: Senior Ram Lamb – Born January 1, 2017 – February 15, 2017
Class 17: Fall Ram Lamb – Born August 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Group Classes

  1. Must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Group classes will be made from classes 9 through 13 and classes 15 through 17 listed above.
  3. Exhibitor will need assistance from other exhibitors in the group classes.  All exhibitors showing must adhere to the livestock showing dress code policy.  Make sure exhibitors that are assisting to show be at ring side when group classes start.

CLASSES:

Class 18.  Pair of Ewes – mature ewe and yearling ewe
Class 19.  Pair of Lambs – ram lamb and ewe lamb OR two ewe lambs
Class 20.  Ewe and Lamb – mother and lamb (mother could be a mature or yearling ewe and lamb could be a ram, ewe lamb, or market lamb if you raised your own market lamb)
Class 21.  Young Flock – one ram lamb and two ewe lambs (total of three sheep)

 Market Lambs

  1. Market Lambs must be owned by April 29, 2017.
  2. Market Lambs must have been checked in on April 29, 2017, between 8 am and 12 noon, to be shown and sold at the 2017 fair.
  3. Market lambs must be born on or after January 1, 2017.
  4. Animals should be skin clipped prior to weigh in on Saturday, August 5th.
  5. Lambs must have scrapie ID tag.
  6. Minimum weight of 100 lbs. to sell.
  7. Market Lamb can be either a spring ewe or wether.
  8. Market Lambs will be shown by divisions with a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion selected for each division: Light Weight, Medium Weight and Heavy Weight.
  9. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of each division will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lamb.

CLASSES:

Class 22.  Market Lamb – Underweight
Class 23.  Market Lamb – Light Weight Division
Class 24.  Light Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb
Class 25.  Market Lamb – Medium Weight Division
Class 26.  Medium Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb
Class 27.  Market Lamb – Heavy Weight Division
Class 28.  Heavy Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb
Class 29.  Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Winners of Classes 24, 26 & 28

Rate of Gain Contest

  1. This contest is open to all participating youth exhibiting market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs at the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  2. Exhibitors must enter the Rate of Gain Contest during online registration of the market animal.
  3. Exhibitors may enter two animals per species in the contest but only the animal brought to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will be eligible for awards. All participating animals must be tagged during the scheduled check-in date for the specific species.
  4. In order to participate in this contest and establish a beginning weight, all market animals must be tagged and weighed at the designated check-in dates as specified below:
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 9 am – 12 noon – Market Steer Check-in
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Hog Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Goat Check-in
  5. Ending weight will be taken at the Fair weigh-in on Saturday, August 5, 2017; ending weight for hogs will be Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  6. Optional Weigh dates:
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (10 weeks to fair)
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (6 weeks to fair)
  7. Animals must meet the minimum and maximum weights for the specific species as outlined in the Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Rules and Regulations to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  8. Youth are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Exhibitors may participate in more than one species.
  9. Awards will be presented to the top 3 placing animals per species. Awards will be presented during the 2017 Parade of Champions.

CLASSES:

Class 30.  Rate of Gain – Market Lamb

Fiber Exhibits

  1. All fiber exhibits must be pre-registered by June 1, 2017 and they must be entered on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the picnic pavilion area.  Roll fiber flesh side out in a clear plastic bag (which will be provided by the fair).  The following information needs to be neatly presented on a 5×8 index card:  Division, Class, Breed of Animal (if cross, tell what it is a cross of), Sex, Animal’s Date of Birth, Date of Shearing, Date of Last (previous) Shearing, Growth Time in Days (between shearing), Animal’s Age in Months (at time of THIS shearing).  Also tell a little about the breed or cross-breed of animal, and tell or show (be creative) what the fiber can be used for.
  2. Purpose – The objectives of this exhibit are to encourage the production of better fiber, to stimulate interest in the proper preparation of fiber for market (both commercially and to hand spinners) and to demonstrate knowledge of uses of fiber.
  3. This exhibit is open to all youth exhibitors with breeding sheep or self-determined fiber project.  Each exhibitor is eligible to enter one fleece in each division.
  4. The fiber must come from an exhibitor’s project animal and verification of the rule may be required.  This may be obtained from your 4-H Leader, Extension Agent, or FFA Advisor.
  5. Each fleece must have been shorn in 2017 and represent no more than twelve (12) months growth, except in the case of yearling fleeces, sixteen (16) months grown will be allowed.
  6. Any fleece entered in competition should be clean, free of second cuts and breaks, free of vegetable contamination, dung locks or tags and show no evidence of parasites.
  7. Entries will be judged during the sheep show.

Division I – White Fleeces

Class 1 – Fine (Breed examples:  Merino, Rambouillet and Crosses)
Class 2 – Medium (Breed examples:  Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Montadale and Crosses)
Class 3 – Long (Breed examples:  Border Leicester, Cotswold, Romney, Lincoln and Crosses)

Division II – Color Fleeces

Class 1 – Fine (Breed examples:  Merino, Rambouillet and Crosses)
Class 2 – Medium (Breed examples:  Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorset, Hampshire, Montadale and Crosses)
Class 3 – Long (Breed examples:  Border Leicester, Cotswold, Romney, Lincoln and Crosses)

Division III – Camelids

Class 1 – Llama
Class 2 – Alpaca (Huacaya)
Class 3 – Alpaca (Suri)

Division IV – Other


SWINE

Bobby Miller – Chairperson

Tuesday, August 8th, 8:00 am Indoor Arena

Showmanship

Previous Winners – Previous winner of Senior Showmanship in past years.
Senior Showmanship – Ages 15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners.
Intermediate Showmanship – Age 12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners.
Junior Showmanship – Age 9 years old or in third grade during the current year to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.
Overall Showman – Winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year.

CLASSES:

Class 1.  Previous Winners Showmanship
Class 2.  Senior Showmanship
Class 3.  Grand and Reserve Champion Senior Showman
Class 4.  Intermediate Showmanship
Class 5.  Grand and Reserve Champion Intermediate Showman
Class 6.  Junior Showmanship
Class 7.  Grand and Reserve Champion Junior Showman
Class 8. Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Showman

Breeding Stock

  1. Breeding stock must be owned and pre-registered by June 1, 2017.
  2. Swine will be shown as classes below and not breed specific.

CLASSES:

Class 9.  Senior Spring Gilt – Born January 1, 2017 – January 31, 2017
Class 10.  Junior Spring Gilt – Born on or after February 1, 2017
Class 11.  Grand and Reserve Champion – Classes 9-10

Market Hogs

  1. Market hogs must be owned by April 22, 2017.
  2. Market hogs must be checked in April 22, 2017 from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
  3. Market hogs must be born on January 1, 2017 or later.
  4. Market hogs must weigh between 225 lbs. and 295 lbs. to sell.
  5. Gilts or barrows may be entered.
  6. Market Hogs will be shown by divisions with a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion selected for each division: Light Weight, Medium Weight and Heavy Weight.
  7. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion of each division will return for selection of the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Hog.

CLASSES:

Class 12.  Market Hogs – Underweight
Class 13.  Market Hogs – Light Weight Division
Class 14.  Light Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hogs
Class 15.  Market Hogs – Medium Weight Division
Class 16.  Medium Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hogs
Class 17.  Market Hogs – Heavy Weight Division
Class 18.  Heavy Weight Division Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hogs
Class 19.  Market Hogs – Overweight
Class 20.  Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Market Hog – Winners of Classes 14, 16 & 18

Rate of Gain Contest

  • This contest is open to all participating youth exhibiting market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs at the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  • Exhibitors must enter the Rate of Gain Contest during online registration of the market animal.
  • Exhibitors may enter two animals per species in the contest but only the animal brought to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will be eligible for awards. All participating animals must be tagged during the scheduled check-in date for the specific species.
  • In order to participate in this contest and establish a beginning weight, all market animals must be tagged and weighed at the designated check-in dates as specified below:
    • Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 9 am – 12 noon – Market Steer Check-in
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Hog Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Goat Check-in
  • Ending weight will be taken at the Fair weigh-in on Saturday, August 5, 2017; ending weight for hogs will be Sunday, August 6, 2017.
  • Optional Weigh dates:
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (10 weeks to fair)
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (6 weeks to fair)
  • Animals must meet the minimum and maximum weights for the specific species as outlined in the Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Rules and Regulations to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  • Youth are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Exhibitors may participate in more than one species.
  • Awards will be presented to the top 3 placing animals per species. Awards will be presented during the 2017 Parade of Champions.

CLASSES:

Class 21.  Rate of Gain – Market Hog

Market Livestock Check-In Information

Market Goat Check In: April 29th from 8 am until 12 noon at the fairgrounds

Market Lamb Check In: April 29th from 8 am until 12 noon at the fairgrounds

Market Hog Check In: April 22nd from 8 am until 12 noon at the fairgrounds

Poultry Check In: All poultry (except for pigeons and doves) must be blood tested on July 22, 2017 from 9 am until noon at the Berkeley County Youth Fair Grounds in order to show at the 2017 fair.

2017 OPTIONAL Market Animal Weigh Ins:

Date Time Description
May 24, 2017 6 pm until 8 pm Optional Weigh-In (10 weeks to fair)
June 21, 2017 6 pm until 8 pm Optional Weigh-In (6 weeks to fair)

Livestock Workshop Information

It is mandatory that all livestock exhibitors and/or parent/guardian attend one fair sponsored workshop prior to the fair OR exhibitor attend one fair work day starting at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.  All 1st and 2nd year livestock exhibitors will be required to attend the 1st and 2nd year livestock workshop as their mandatory workshop/workday prior to the fair.  If the exhibitor and/or parent/guardian are not present, the exhibitor does not show or sell at the 2017 fair. Workshop dates and fair workdays will be determined by the fair and will be listed on the fair website. 

Date Time Location Workshop
March 8, 2017 6:30pm Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds Swine
March 18, 2017 10:00am Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds Sheep & Goat
March 29, 2017 6:30pm Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds Marketing Your Fair Animal
March 30, 2017 6:30pm Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds 1st & 2nd Year Exhibitors – MANDATORY
April 5, 2017 6:30pm Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds Horse
May 6, 2017 10:00am Linton Farm Dairy
May 23, 2017 6:30pm Indoor Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds On-Line Registration (All Species)
May 30, 2017 7:00pm Commercial Exhibit Building, Fairgrounds Dog
June 10, 2017 8:00am Rabbit Barn, Fairgrounds Rabbit
June 10, 2017 10:00am Poultry Barn, Fairgrounds Poultry
June 10, 2017 10:00am Indoor Arena, Fairgrounds Beef

Other dates may be scheduled, but exhibitors should plan to attend one of the dates pertaining to his/her project listed above. Workdays will be posted on the fair website as they are scheduled. Exhibitors may attend as many dates as they wish. Exhibitors and/or parent/guardian should be sure to sign-in on the required sheet to receive credit at any workshops and workdays.

All attendance requirements should be met no later than Saturday, June 17, 2017.

2017 Rate of Gain Contest

  1. This contest is open to all participating youth exhibiting market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs at the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  2. Exhibitors must enter the Rate of Gain Contest during online registration of the market animal.
  3. Exhibitors may enter two animals per species in the contest but only the animal brought to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair on Saturday, August 5, 2017 will be eligible for awards. All participating animals must be tagged during the scheduled check-in date for the specific species.
  4. In order to participate in this contest and establish a beginning weight, all market animals must be tagged and weighed at the designated check-in dates as specified below:
    • Saturday, December 10, 2017 – 9 am – 12 noon – Market Steer Check-in
    •  Saturday, December 17, 2017 – Market Steer Check-in (Snow Date)
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Hog Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
    • Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 8 am – 12 noon – Market Lamb Check-in
  5. Ending weight will be taken at the Fair weigh-in on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
  6. Optional Weigh dates:
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (10 weeks to fair)
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6 pm – 8 pm – Optional Weigh-in (6 weeks to fair)
  7. Animals must meet the minimum and maximum weights for the specific species as outlined in the Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Rules and Regulations to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair.
  8. Youth are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Exhibitors may participate in more than one species.
  9. Awards will be presented to the top 3 placing animals per species. Awards will be presented during the 2017 Parade of Champions.

Youth Fair Dress Code

  1. Dairy Dress Code:
    1. 4-H Boys: White pants/jeans with belt, white button down shirt (short or long sleeve), and Kelly Green tie
    2. 4-H Girls: White skirt (fingertip length), white shorts (fingertip length) or white slacks/jeans, white button down shirt/blouse (long sleeve or short sleeve), and Kelly Green neck scarf.
    3. FFA Boys: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue or black tie, and FFA Jacket)
    4. FFA Girls: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue FFA scarf, and FFA Jacket)
    5. Other Boys: White pants/jeans with belt, white button down shirt (short or long sleeve), and black tie or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
    6. Other Girls: White skirt (fingertip length), white shorts (fingertip length) or white slacks/jeans, white button down shirt/blouse (long sleeve or short sleeve), and black neck scarf or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
  2. Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Llama, and Poultry Dress Code:
    1. 4-H Boys: Black jeans/slacks with belt, white button down shirt (long or short sleeve), and Kelly Green tie
    2. 4-H Girls: Black jeans/slacks with belt or black skirt (fingertip length), white button down shirt/blouse (long or short sleeve), and Kelly Green neck scarf
    3. FFA Boys: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue or black tie, and FFA Jacket)
    4. FFA Girls: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue FFA scarf, and FFA Jacket)
    5. Other Boys: Black jeans/slacks with belt, white button down shirt (short or long sleeve), and Black tie or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
    6. Other Girls:  Black jeans/slacks with belt or black skirt (fingertip length), white button down shirt/blouse (long or short sleeve), and Black neck scarf or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
  3. Rabbit Dress Code:
    1. 4-H Boys: Black jeans/slacks with belt, white button down shirt (long or short sleeve) or white apron, and Kelly Green tie
    2. 4-H Girls: Black jeans/slacks with belt or black skirt (fingertip length), white button down shirt/blouse (long or short sleeve) or white apron, and Kelly Green neck scarf
    3. FFA Boys: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue or black tie, and FFA Jacket)
    4. FFA Girls: Official Dress (Black Slacks, White button down shirt (long or short sleeve), blue FFA scarf, and FFA Jacket)
    5. Other Boys: Black jeans/slacks with belt, white button down shirt (short or long sleeve) or white apron, and Black tie or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
    6. Other Girls: Black jeans with belt or black skirt (fingertip length), white button down shirt/blouse (long or short sleeve) or white apron, and Black neck scarf or official dress of the youth organization being represented.
  4. Horse Dress Code:
    1. Must wear show ring attire (no spurs) as required for classes during Parade of Champions.
    2. There are to be no halter tops; spaghetti straps; strapless tops; muscle shirts; or midriffs showing
    3. Work boots or cowboy boots are acceptable foot wear.  No open toe shoes.
    4. Dress code is established for all livestock confirmation classes, showmanship classes, parade of champions and market animal sale.
    5. If an exhibitor does not adhere to the dress code regulations, the exhibitor or its animal will not be allowed to enter the show ring for any confirmation classes, showmanship classes, parade of champions or market animal sale.
    6. If an exhibitor has multiple animals in the show ring at one time (i.e. – championship classes), the exhibitor that is assisting with showing must adhere to the dress code.

Note:  If this dress code should present a hardship for any exhibitor, please see the 4-H Extension Agent, FFA Advisors, or Fair Board President.

Livestock Auction Rules

The Berkeley County Youth Fair Association reserves to its Executive Board the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and arbitrate, settle, and determine all matters in regard to and to add or amend them as they may deem advisable.

An exhibitor may consign one species to sell on Friday, August 11, 2017.  Exhibitor will have until 12:00 noon pm on Sunday, August 6, 2017 to consign one market animal. If an exhibitor is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must cosign the form. Consignment forms are to be turned into the Livestock Auction Chairperson located at the registration area or at the Awards/Auction office located beside the concession stand.

Weight Requirements:

Steer must weigh 950 lbs

Hogs – must weigh between 225 lbs and 295 lbs

Lambs – must weigh 100 lbs

Goats – must weigh between 60 lbs and 110 lbs.

No underweight or over weight market animal will be sold.

All beef sale animals will have a serviceable rope halter on the animal, to be left on for personnel to move animals after the sale. Halters will be returned to fair grounds Saturday morning for pick up.

Only Berkeley County Youth Fair issued awards (banners, trophies, ribbons, etc) are allowed to be hung or displayed in the sale ring.

Exhibitors of all market animals will not be permitted to apply and/or use any type of adhesives, glue, dyes or paint products during the market animal sale.

Grand Champion and Reserve Champion market steers, market hogs, market goats and market lambs must be sold.

Pictures for market animals can be picked up Tuesday, August 15, 2017 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at the picnic pavilion. Checks can be picked up Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Exhibitor must bring the signed postcard that the buyer has received their pictures and thank you note from the exhibitor. Picture money and the 2% yardage fee will be deducted from the market checks. If the exhibitor does not have the postcard signed and returned to the Fair Board Treasurer by Saturday, August 26, 2017, he or she will not be permitted to exhibit a market animal at the 2018 fair nor will the exhibitor receive their check until the postcard is signed and returned to the Fair Board Treasurer.

Only market animals sold through Berkeley County Youth Fair Livestock Auction will be transported to slaughter houses or other livestock auction venues.

Eligible exhibitors will be permitted to have eligible substitutes sell their animal on sale night in order to better themselves through agricultural or educational experiences.  Proper documentation of the event/experience is required.  Notification must be given in writing at registration on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Exhibitors or eligible substitutes selling market animals must adhere to the 2017 Berkeley County Youth Fair dress code for livestock showing.

LIVESTOCK FITTING AND SHOWING CLASSES

(Excluding Horses)
RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • All non-monetary Showmanship Awards will be presented the day of the show.
  • Exhibitors should be courteous around the wash rack.  On the day of the show, the species being shown that day takes precedence over all the other species.
  1. All exhibitors must groom and show their own project animals.
  2. Animals shown in a Showmanship class must be shown in a regular class (market or breeding stock.)
  3. Dress Code:  Please refer to page XX of the fair catalog.

All exhibitors are strongly urged to compete in the Showmanship Contest.  Contest will be judged as follows:

  1. Ability to properly show animals
  2. Appearance of animals
  3. Appearance of exhibitors

Showmanship Classes

Class A:  Previous Winners (has won Senior Showmanship in past years)
Class B:  Senior Showmanship (15 years and older as of January 1, 2017 and previous Intermediate Showmanship winners)
Class C:  Intermediate Showmanship (12 to 14 years old as of January 1, 2017 and previous Junior Showmanship Winners)
Class D: Junior Showmanship (9 years old or in third grade during the current year  to 11 years old on or before January 1, 2017.)
Class E:  Overall Showman (winner of Senior, Intermediate and Junior Showmanship classes of this year)

IAFE (INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS) CODE OF SHOW RING ETHICS

Adopted by the Berkeley County Youth Fair Association

Exhibitors of animals at livestock shows shall at all times deport themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their conduct in this competitive environment shall always reflect the highest standards of honor and dignity to promote the advancement of agricultural education. This code applies to junior as well as open class exhibitors who compete in structured classes of competition. This code applies to all livestock offered in any event at a livestock show. In addition to the “IAFE Code of Show Ring Ethics,” fairs and livestock shows may have rules and regulations which they impose on the local, county, state, provincial and national levels.

All youth leaders working with junior exhibitors are under an affirmative responsibility to do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Their moral values must be so certain and positive that those younger and more pliable will be influenced by their fine example. Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers and absolutely responsible persons who violate the code of ethics will forfeit premiums, awards and auction proceeds and shall be prohibited from future exhibition in accordance with the rules adopted by the respective fairs and livestock shows. Exhibitors who violate this code of ethics demean the integrity of all livestock exhibitors and should be prohibited from competition at all livestock shows in the United States and Canada.

The following is a list of guidelines for all exhibitors and all livestock in competitive events:

All exhibitors must present, upon request of fair and livestock show officials, proof of ownership, length of ownership, and age of all animals entered. Misrepresentation of ownership, age, or any facts relating thereto is prohibited.

Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers, or absolutely responsible persons shall provide animal health certificates from licensed veterinarians upon request by fair or livestock show officials.

Junior exhibitors are expected to care for and groom their animals while at fairs or livestock shows.

Animals shall be presented to show events where they will enter the food chain free of violative drug residues. The act of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of, consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible person for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva, blood, or other substances from the animal to be used in testing. Animals not entered in an event which culminates with the animal entering the food chain shall not be administered drugs other than in accordance with applicable federal, state and provincial statutes, regulations and rules. Livestock shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance with federal, state and provincial statutes, regulations and rules affect the animal’s performance or appearance at the event.If the laboratory report on the analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or other sample taken from livestock indicates the presence of forbidden drugs or medication, this shall be prima facie evidence such substance has been administered to the animal either internally or externally. It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva, blood, or other substance tested by the laboratory, to which it is sent, is the one taken from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all procedures of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and analysis of the sample are correct and accurate and the report received from the laboratory pertains to the sample taken from the animal in question and correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time the sample was taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to prove otherwise.At any time after an animal arrives on the fair or livestock show premises, all treatments involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

Any surgical procedure or injection of any foreign substance or drug or the external application of any substance (irritant, counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal’s performance or alter its natural contour, confirmation, or appearance, except external applications of substances to the hoofs or horns of animals which affect appearance only and except for surgical procedures performed by a duly licensed veterinarian for the sole purpose of protecting the health of the animal, is prohibited.

The use of showing and/or handling practices or devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using electrical contrivance, or other similar practices are not acceptable and are prohibited.

Direct criticism or interference with the judge, fair or livestock show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during, or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of their official duty, all judges, fair and livestock show management, or other show officials shall be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them.

No owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person shall conspire with another person or persons to intentionally violate this code of ethics or knowingly contribute or cooperate with another person or persons either by affirmative action or inaction to violate this code of ethics. Violation of this rule shall subject such individual to disciplinary action.

The application of this code of ethics provides for absolute responsibility for an animal’s condition by an owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or participant whether or not he or she was actually instrumental in or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal in contravention of this code of ethics.

The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person to have disciplinary action taken by the fair or livestock show for violation of this Code of Show Ring Ethics and any other rules of competition of the fair or livestock show without recourse against the fair or livestock show. The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent that any proceedings or disciplinary action taken by the fair or livestock show may be published with the name of the violator or violators in any publication of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, including Fairs and Expos and any special notices to members.

The act of entering of an animal in a fair or livestock show is the giving of verification by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible person that he or she has read the IAFE Code of Show Ring Ethics and understands the consequences of and penalties provided for actions prohibited by the code. It is further a consent that any action which contravenes these rules and is also in violation of federal, state, or provincial statutes, regulations, or rules may be released to appropriate law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over such infractions.