SIDNEY — Youth interested in exhibiting beef steers, dairy steers, or market heifers in the 2016 Shelby County Junior Fair must register their animals with the OSU Extension office on or before 4 p.m. on Jan. 4, according to Laura Norris, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, OSU Extension Shelby County.
All registered animals must be brought to the Shelby County Fairgrounds from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, to be weighed and tagged for the 2016 Shelby County Junior Fair.
New for the 2016 Shelby County Jr Fair market cattle entries is the “Household Family Rule.” Each exhibitor within a household (identified as primary mailing address) may register a maximum of three market cattle that can be registered under the family name. For example, a family of three exhibitors may register up to nine market cattle under their family name. Rules pertaining to how many animals an exhibitor may bring to the fair have not change. An exhibitor can only register under one family name per species.
All market cattle must be under the care of the youth by Jan. 1, 2016, and all animals brought to the fairgrounds for weigh-in must have a halter and be halter broken. Animals must also be dehorned, and males must have been properly castrated well before weigh-in.
Additionally, if any youth is interested in participating in the Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef (Steer and Heifer) Show, they must contact Stacey French at 614-644-4049 or at email@example.com to receive the 2016 Ohio State Fair DNA Sample Collection packet. Samples must be received at the Ohio State Fair by Jan. 15, 2016.
In order to register market cattle, youth must be at least 8 years old and in the third grade as of Jan. 1, 2016, and must enroll in the 2016 4-H or FFA programs by organizational deadlines. Youth not over the age 18 as of Jan. 1, 2016, may also enroll their market cattle.
For details on registering market cattle (registration letter and card) with the OSU Extension office by the Jan. 4 deadline visit the Extension website at http://shelby.osu.edu (4-H Youth Development – Livestock Projects –Cattle), contact your local FFA or 4-H adviser, or the Extension Office at 937-498-7239.