4H & Vocational Exhibitors Rules

Entries must be received by July 15, 2017

Eligibility: Limited to members enrolled in 4-H Clubs and/or Vocational classes in Lawrence County. 4-H Club members must have passed their eighth birthday, but not have passed their nineteenth by January 1, this year. Exhibitors must be members of a regularly organized 4-H Club, carrying a project in the field in which they wish to make an entry by June 1, preceding the Fair. Extension representatives shall approve all entries prior to the fair. Students enrolled in an accepted vocational school curriculum must be conducting a project in the class in which they wish to make an entry. Students enrolled in general home economics in a comprehensive high school are considered as qualifying. All entries shall be approved prior to the Fair by a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Penn State Cooperative Extension staff or their designated representative. The 4-H or FFA member must be present, and have charge of his or her animal at the time of judging or the auction sale, unless excused by the show or sale committee. Should a member be excused, the animal must be shown or presented for sale by another Lawrence County 4-H or FFA dairy or livestock member.

Rules and Regulations, including Animal Health Rules, apply to
4-H and Vocational classes and exhibitors.

Good Housekeeping Awards

All 4-H Livestock Exhibitors in Horse, Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Rabbits and Goats who maintain the most attractive and sanitary display exhibits will be eligible for awards Tuesday through Saturday. (See Rules and Regulations for the basis of scoring.)

These awards are available from Lawrence County 4-H Development Committee to 4-H exhibitors with one or more animals.

4-H exhibitors with five or more animals have the option of being judged in the Open Contest.


Please direct all questions to the Lawrence County Extension Office.
General Livestock Rules:
1. Show dates and weigh-in for the Fair will be listed in the Lawrence County Fair Book. We will show by classes in the Premium Book.

1A: All steers in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed and tagged by the Saturday after Thanksgiving prior to the show year. (9 AM until 11:00 AM) All beef animals will be beef sired. All steers must be on halter and led through the scales.

1B. Market Lambs must be weighed and tagged by the third Saturday of May prior to show. (8 AM until 11:00 AM)

1.B & 1.C: In conjunction with state law, sheep and goats must have proper identification (scrapie tags or tattoo) to enter the fairgrounds. If a sheep or goat enters the fairgrounds without the scrapie tag or tattoo, it will not be permitted off the truck nor will it be weighed and tagged.

1C. Meat Goats in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed and tagged by the third Saturday of May prior to show. (8 AM until 11:00 AM) Meat goats must be disbudded, banded, or clean castrated and dehorned by initial weigh in. Meat goats must be born after November 1 of the previous year. Animals will be judged in weight classes, not by breeds. All meat goats must have health papers at check-in at the fair.

1D. Market Swine in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed and tagged by the third Saturday of May prior to the show. (8 AM until 11:00 AM)

1E. Meat Rabbits in order to participate in the show and sale, must be weighed and tattooed by the third Thursday in July prior to the show.

Rabbits may be disqualified for health problems and weight.

Meat pens must consist of three rabbits of the same variety
If judge disqualifies any one animal, the entire pen is disqualified.

All qualifying animals must be sold at the fair auction.

Any rabbit club member joining after May 1, will not be able to exhibit or
sell meat rabbits at the fair until the following year.

Rabbits in meat pen cannot be over 90 days old on entry day.

Meat pens will be health certified on entry day.

1F. All Market Animals must be weighed and tagged with Association approved tags, and on feed by the designated date to show and sell in the Livestock Show and Sale at the Lawrence County Fair unless prior arrangements have been made to weigh earlier than the listed date. If a tag is lost, the leader must be contacted immediately.

1G. All 4-H and FFA market animals must be identified to an individual owner by the end of the initial weigh-in for each species.

2. Exhibitors must be members of a regularly organized Lawrence County FFA Chapter. Any show or sale changes or suggestions by any interested party can be made in writing to the Board of Directors of the Livestock Association for their consideration.

3. Number of Animals weighed and exhibited is at the discretion of the Board of

a. Beef weigh 2 animals / show 2 animals, sell 1
b. Sheep weigh 4 animals / show 4 animals, sell up to 2
c. Swine weigh 3 animals / show 2 animals (includes Carcass animal), sell 1
d. Rabbits weigh 2 pens (up to 6 rabbits) / show and sell 1 pen
e. Goats weigh 3 animals / show 2 animals (includes Carcass animal), sell 1

3a. Members must sell one live animal per species that the member exhibits (pen of rabbits = 1). One animal per species – with the exception of lambs in which
two lambs must be sold individually (if the member has more than one lamb)
if lambs are the only species that the member exhibits and sells.

4. A member may only take his or her animals across the scales 1 time at either the spring or fair weigh-in. Animals will not be re-weighed.

5. The member must sell the top placing animal among their two entries. If both animals place the same in the show, the member will choose which one to sell. Any steer tagged by May 30 can be kept for the Pennsylvania Farm Show provided member lets the committee know following the show, but before 8 PM Tuesday night. If this is the highest placing, the second animal must be sold. If steer is to show at the Keystone International, the Committee must be notified following the show but before 8 PM Tuesday – showing proof the steer is entered. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals must be sold. If the same exhibitor owns both the champion and reserve champion, that exhibitor will be permitted to sell both animals.

5a. If an exhibitor has more than one animal in a Grand Championship run, that
exhibitor will be asked to lead each animal at some point during that run.

6. All members of all species must notify the sale committee within 2 hours after
the show if both animals are the same placing. If not notified, the sale committee
will pick the animal for the sale.

7. All animals must be dehorned and castrated. No stags, bulls, rams, bucks or boars can be shown or sold. No sick or inferior animals can be shown or sold
as determined by the show and sale committee.

8. Market hogs can be gilts or barrows. Market lambs can be ewes or wethers.
Market goats can be either does or wethers.

9. All 4-H Leaders and FFA Advisors must give a list of their members to the
Livestock Association by the July joint meeting. The list will indicate which
members are eligible and which members are not eligible according to their
specific membership rules. The Junior Livestock Association will enforce
rules for showing and selling as listed in these Rules and Regulations.

10. The 4-H & FFA record books must be turned in and completed up to date at
fair weigh-in or you won’t be placed in a class for show or sale. The leaders
will make the decision and tell members if they cannot show. All books will be
turned in at weigh-in time and will be returned. Books must be completed after
the sale and turned in by 6:00 PM Saturday of the Fair.

11. Extra animals will need to be designated at the scales at the time of weigh-in at the fair.

12. All 4-H & FFA members must submit to their club leaders an addressed and
stamped thank you letter or card to their buyer from the Jr. Livestock Sale with
their project books, by 6:00 PM, Saturday evening of the Fair. Club leaders
will be provided a buyer directory after each species finishes selling. In addition,
those members winning trophies and banners must also submit an addressed
and stamped thank you card or letter to their leader at the same time. Addresses of trophy and banner sponsors can be obtained from your club leader or from
the 4-H/FFA office on the fair grounds. Cards and letters will be mailed on the
Monday after the Fair. Members not submitting thank you letters or cards to
their leaders, will have their sale checks held until they have done so.

13a. See NW Regional Rules for Weight requirements. All market animals that
do not meet the standard weight requirement are permitted to be taken off the
fair grounds by 4:00 PM Monday of the Fair. If a family exercises their right
to remove the light weight animals, they must first let that species executive fair
director, their 4-H or FFA leaders, and the 4-H agent know of their intentions.

13b. Rabbits 3-8 pounds per head (If any one of the required three per pen weigh
over 8 lbs or under 3 lbs, the entire pen will not be allowed to show or sell.)

14. All exhibitors must be present to weigh, show, and sell their own animals. If a
member cannot show or sell his/her animal(s), he/she must be excused by
the show or sale committee, then another Lawrence County 4-H or FFA Livestock
member must show or sell the animal. If there are not enough 4-H or FFA
Livestock members available, the show committee can decide who should be
allowed to show as long as they are a Lawrence County 4-H or FFA member.

15. Exhibitors must follow all health rules of the Lawrence County Fair within 30 days
of the show, except the respiratory complex (shipping fever) shots including IBR. No steers for slaughter are allowed these shots within 30 days of the
show. Shipping fever shots prior to 30 days of the show will be allowed. (Animals
consigned to the sale shall not receive any treatment with drugs or biologics
within the withdrawal time period to slaughter).

16. No 4-H or FFA member can sell their market project in another 4-H or FFA
market sale and sell a market animal of the same species at the Lawrence
County Jr. Livestock sale. 4-H members are not permitted to exhibit the same
project in multiple counties in PA. 4-H members are also not permitted to sell in another county’s livestock sale if he or she sells in Lawrence County.

17. Each 4-H or FFA member is responsible for his/her animal, including feeding,
watering, and general care until the animal(s) leave the grounds. The Fair
Board may elect to deduct costs from the owner’s premiums in the event care
is not provided.

18. All 4-H and FFA members showing steers must demonstrate before a committee,
comprised of an extension agent, a Vo-Ag Instructor, a Fair Board director, and
one additional member of the Lawrence County Junior Livestock Director’s
Board, that the steer is under control by leading the steer in the designated area
of the show arena. If judged unsafe by the committee, the animal is to be removed immediately from the fairgrounds. The walk through will take place Sunday night of the fair at 7:00 PM, or immediately following the steer weigh-
in. Members whose steer fails to pass the walk through will be given 30 minutes
to re-enter the ring and attempt to pass again. Members not completing walk
through will be ineligible to exhibit his or her animal.

19a. The Livestock Sale will be held as listed in the Fair Premium Book.

19b. Check off money: $1.00 Beef; .45% Hogs; $.07 per lb Lambs.

19c. Sale costs: A percentage of the sale gross will be deducted from members to pay for all the sale costs.

19d. Exhibitors or members of their immediate families are not permitted to bid on
or purchase their own animals at the sale.

20. Fitting

20a. All market lambs must be slick sheared and have no measurable wool on the
body at the time of fair weigh-in. Wool may be left on the legs below the knees
and hocks, but must be fitted for the show and sale.

20b. Each youth is responsible for the fitting of his/her animal.

20c. The use of all paints, coloring agents, and artificial additions (bone builder, hair,
fins) is prohibited. Use of these items will be deemed unethical and the
youth participating in violation will be disqualified and ineligible to compete (or
sell) during that show year.

21. Showing.

21a. Market lambs and market goats must be exhibited with all four feet on the show ring floor. Exhibitors not adhering to this rule will be given one warning and then excused from the show ring and disqualified for the present year.

21b. Showing Swine. Tubes, canes, and whips are the only tools to be used in showing swine. No other movement tools will be permitted

22. Dress Code: Long pants (no hip huggers) or dress; collared buttoned shirt
with or without sleeves; 4-H & FFA or club T-shirt. NO other logo shirts. NO
baggy or cut-off pants; NO shorts or hats. Recommended that proper shoes be
worn. NO sandals. NO farm shirts allowed during judging & showing but are permitted for sale.

23. Animals losing ear tags must be reported to the Extension Office of FFA advisor
immediately (48 hours). Animals missing ear tags at fair weigh-in without having
contacted the Extension Office will not be weighed.

24. All youth exhibiting market animals through the Jr. Livestock Program must complete the Good Production Practices (GPP) Training annually.

25. All youth are encouraged to complete the Pennsylvania Meat Animal Quality
Assurance Program (MAQA) and receive Level 3 PQA Certification.

26. Showmanship: Members may show an animal in the showmanship contest,
provided it has been carried as a project and is owned by the member. In
cases of project animal illness or death, individual consideration will be taken
into account by the executive show committee.

27. When an exhibitor, parent, guardian, 4-H leader, coach, agent or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor is guilty of unsportsmanlike or unethical conduct, the Lawrence County Jr. Livestock Association may require the 4-H or FFA member to return all trophies and ribbons, forfeit premiums won, and may suspend the 4-H or FFA member and the animal(s) involved for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in 4-H andFFA roundups in Lawrence County. A parent, guardian, 4-H leader, coach, agent or representative acting in behalf of an exhibitor deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may also be prohibited for such a period as judged appropriate from participation in all 4-H and FFA activities. Persons deemed guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct may be expelled from the show facilities at the direction of the Jr. Livestock Association. The results of such committee action will be sent in writing to the appropriate Penn State Extension Regional Director, Educator, or FFA Advisor.

28. All exhibitors must establish a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship and complete the Animal Owner or Caretaker’s Verification of Veterinarian-Client- Patient Relationship section of the livestock entry forms for the Fair.

Lawrence County Jr. Livestock Carcass Show Rules

1. Only 4-H and FFA members 8 years of age or older as of January 1 with a steer, hog, lamb, or goat project which was weighed in are eligible to participate in the carcass class. They must also have another project animal of the carcass species to exhibit in the live show.

2. Individuals may enter only one species in the carcass class, and completion of an entry will not guarantee placement in the show. Show size will be determined based on the cooler space at the slaughter house. The determined number of animals in the carcass show will be selected using age as a criteria. Animals entered in the carcass class, but not selected may be shown as market animals.

3. Carcass animals must be registered through the Fair.

4. Prior to showing the animal, the 4-H or FFA member must secure a buyer for the carcass and provide this information to Jr. Livestock at the time of fair entry. However, those carcasses selected as Grand or Reserve Champions will be sold at the Jr. Livestock sale, making prior arrangements void. Arrangements to remove carcasses from the slaughter house are the responsibility of the owner.

5. Carcass animals will be removed from the fairgrounds on Sunday evening or Monday morning and slaughtered on Monday or Tuesday for judging. The Association will make the hauling arrangements.

6. The member having a champion or reserve champion carcass will be allowed to sell an additional live project animal of that species at the Jr. Livestock sale.

7. Each member with a carcass animal must complete a supplement to their project book summarizing the carcass portion of their project.

8. Carcass animals must meet all health requirements required for the fair, and will be eligible for the rate of gain contest.

Any premiums awarded to the carcass class will be provided by the fair board.