Department B – Beef
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
THESE RULES ARE FOR THIS SPECIES ONLY; REFER TO GENERAL AND HEALTH RULES FOR OVERALL LIVESTOCK RULES
- All entries due to the Beef Chairman or online at SHOWORKS by July 15, 2017. There will be a $5.00 ENTRY FEE for all exhibits in the OPEN BREEDING Show. Registration papers to be shown and entry fee to be paid upon arrival at Fairgrounds.
- Tie-out for beef cattle shall be 8:00 p.m. All trailers must be parked in designated areas.
- If a 4-H or FFA exhibitor has two (2) animals in the same class, only another 4-H or FFA Junior Beef Exhibitor in the current year at the Clarke County Fair may show one of them.
- All bulls born before January 1 of the year of the show must have a bull ring or nose lead in their nose at all times while on the fairgrounds.
- All bedding and manure shall be placed in designated areas. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of premiums.
- To show in Breed classes for steers and heifers, animals must have breed registration papers, be 50% or greater of that breed, and may only be shown in one Breed division. Steer certification certificates will not be accepted.
- 4-H and FFA Livestock exhibits can only be fitted by the exhibitor and the immediate family members (mother, father, brother, sister) or another Clarke County 4-H/FFA exhibitor showing a project animal in the current year at the Clarke County Fair. All steers and heifers must be fitted in the immediate beef barn area. The fitting of cattle will be monitored by members of the beef committee, and any violation of these rules will result in disqualification from the show and sale.
- All exceptions made shall be made by the Livestock Committee.
- The Junior Heifer Show is open to all 4-H or FFA members of Clarke County and surrounding counties. All heifers exhibited by 4-H and FFA members must be owned and registered by and in care of the exhibitor by the following dates shown in the schedule below:
Born Owned & In Care of Exhibitor by: Registered in Exhibitors Name by: Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2015 Jan. 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 Jan. 1- April 30, 2016 Jan. 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 1- Aug. 31, 2016 March 1, 2017 May 1, 2017 Sept. 1- Dec. 31, 2016 April 1, 2017 May 1, 2017
- From time of purchase, the member must have personally managed, cared for, and fed the heifer/heifers he/she enters, except in the case of illness or other circumstances beyond the owner’s control and not covering a total period of more than 30 days. All exceptions made shall be determined by the Beef Committee.
- All registered heifers must meet the minimum requirements of their breed associations. Registration papers for each heifer must be brought to the show and checked by one of the show’s chair and all pending pages will not be accepted. Tattoos must match registration papers. A copy of registration papers must accompany entry forms.
- All animals in 4-H and FFA heifer classes may compete in Open Heifer Classes for an entry fee of $5.00 per head.
- In order to participate in the junior and open commercial beef heifer shows, heifers must not be registered with any breed association. Both straight bred and crossbred heifers are acceptable in the junior and open commercial beef heifer shows.
- Cow-calf exhibits are not eligible for the champion female class.
- All 4-H or FFA members, regardless of county of origin, must have a completed validation form for an updated record book with the County Extension Agent or FFA Instructor’s signature.
- The Junior Steer Show is open only to Clarke County 4-H and FFA members enrolled in 4-H and FFA projects by December 1 of the current project year.
- All 4-H and FFA steer entries must be in the care and remain in the ownership and care of the 4-H or FFA member making the exhibit by December 1 of the current project year. From time of purchase, the member must have personally managed, cared for, and fed the beef animal(s) he/she enters, except in the case of illness or other circumstances beyond the owner’s control and not covering a total period of more than 30 days. Entries are accepted in good faith that feeding, management, and care of the animals have been conducted as part of 4-H or FFA projects by the exhibitor. If an animal is not housed on property owned or rented by immediate family, then the exhibitor must notify the Livestock Committee in writing and explain why to receive committee approval.
- All 4-H and FFA steers must be branded to be eligible for the Clarke County Fair.
- During the fair, steers for open and junior competition will be graded in the afternoon on the first Monday of the Fair. The beef cattle committee will determine the classes by breed and by weight within each breed if necessary. Each breed will exhibit separately. Classes will also be established for British Cross and Continental Cross steers. All steers grading select minus will be shown in feeder steer class near the conclusion of the breeding show in the afternoon.
- Animals unacceptable because of lack of quality, lack of finish, or other defects including being a stag will not be sold and must leave by Monday night.
- Each junior exhibitor may show two (2) steers in the Junior Beef Show, and they can sell both steers in the sale providing the meet sale requirements. One dollar ($1.00) per head will be deducted from the sale price for the beef referendum.
- The Grand Champion and the Reserve Grand Champion of the live show must be sold. All steers eligible to be sold must weigh at least 900 pounds and grade select or better. NOTE: Steers grading select minus will not sell. Any questions will be referred to the Beef Cattle Committee.
- To recognize steer buyers, $12.00 from the proceeds of each steer sold will be retained to purchase a newspaper advertisement. Only the names of the buyers who purchased animals in the Show Barn will appear in the advertisement.
- During the judging and selling of the steers, only exhibitors and members of the Beef Committee or someone designated by the committee may enter the show ring or sale ring.
- Exhibitors who sell steers are expected to care for them until they are removed from the grounds.
- Market steers shown in the Open Market Steer Class are NOT eligible to be shown in the Junior Market Steer Class or sold in the 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Show.
Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.
- All exhibitors will be required to participate in the Showmanship Show using their own steer or heifer.
- Showmanship classes will be divided into Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Novice Showmen will be those youth who have not shown beef as a 4-H or FFA project previously at the Clarke County Fair. Junior Showman will be those exhibitors who will be 9, 10 and 11 years of age as of September 30, 2017. Intermediate showmen will be those exhibitors who will be 12 and 13 years of age as of September 30, 2017 and Senior Showmen are those exhibitors who will be 14 years of age and older as of September 30, 2017.
- The Beef Showmanship classes are open only to Clarke County 4-H or FFA exhibitors.
- There will be no fitting for the 4-H and FFA Beef Showmanship competition held on Wednesday; animals will be cleaned and brushed down only. No prize money will be awarded to 4-H and FFA members in Clarke County unless they participate in the beef showmanship classes.
|CLASSES||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Grand & Reserve|
|Novice Fitting and Showing||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Banner|
|Junior Fitting and Showing||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Banner|
|Intermediate Fitting and Showing||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Banner|
|Senior Fitting and Showing||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Ribbon||Banner|
Wednesday, August 16, 3:00 p.m.
All Bulls Must Be Registered
|JUNIOR BULL CALVES-calved after Jan. 1, year of show||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SENIOR BULL CALVES-calved Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SUMMER YEARLING BULLS-calved May 1 to Aug. 31, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|JUNIOR YEARLING BULLS-calved Jan. 1 to April 30, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SENIOR YEARLING BULLS-calved Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|TWO YEAR OLD BULLS-calved Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|Bull calf divisions||Rosette|
|RESERVE CHAMPION BULL||Banner||Banner||Banner||Banner|
|JUNIOR HEIFER CALF-calved after Jan. 1, year of show||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SENIOR HEIFER CALF-calved Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SUMMER YEARLING HEIFERS-calved May 1 to Aug. 31, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFERS-calved Jan. 1 to April 30, preceding year||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|SENIOR YEARLING HEIFERS-calved Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|TWO YEAR OLD HEIFERS-calved Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, 2011||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|Heifer calf divisions||Rosette|
|RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE||Banner|
|RESERVE CHAMPION COW-CALF||Banner|
|SUPREME CHAMPION BULL||25.00|
|SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE (includes cow-calf)||25.00|
|OPEN LIGHTWEIGHT MARKET STEERS||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|OPEN HEAVYWEIGHT MARKET STEERS||12.00||8.00||6.00||4.00|
|CHAMPION OPEN MARKET STEER||Banner|
|RESERVE CHAMPION OPEN MARKET STEER||Banner|
|OPEN LIGHTWEIGHT FEEDER STEER||Rosette|
|OPEN HEAVYWEIGHT FEEDER STEER||Rosette|
|CHAMPION OPEN FEEDER STEER||Banner|
|RESERVE CHAMPION OPEN FEEDER STEER||Banner|
Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 PM
|CHAMPION MARKET STEER||Rosette|
|RESERVE CHAMPION MARKET STEER||Rosette|
|GRAND CHAMPION MARKET STEER||Banner|
|RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION MARKET STEER||Banner|
Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension Service
In Cooperation with The Agricultural Education Services,
Virginia Department of Education and the
Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association
Open to any Virginian 4-H or FFA member conducting a bonafide steer feeding project.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEAT TYPE STEER CERTIFICATION
1. Minimum hot carcass weight of 600-900 lbs. and minimum carcass weight per day of age of 1.35 lbs. (live weight per day of age 2.25 lbs.)
Hot Carcass Weight Pounds/Number days Age of Steer=Hot Carcass Weight Total per Day
In shows where a starting weight is required a minimum average daily gain for the feeding period of 2.25 lbs./day will be used instead of the minimum carcass weight/day of age.
2. Minimum U.S.D.A. marbling score of “small” amount (Choice minus Quality Grade), to be certified by a meat grader.
3. Minimum of 49% of carcass weight in boneless, closely trimmed retail cuts from round, loin, rib, and chuck. This means a Yield Grade of 3.4 or better (1.0 to 3.4).
All carcasses will be checked against the above minimum requirements. Those meeting or exceeding all requirements will qualify.
A certificate for each qualifying steer will be awarded at the carcass show or sent to the Extension Agent or Agricultural Education Instructor for completion and presentation to the exhibitor of the steer. The certificates will be donated by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Certificates must be requested from Extension Animal Scientist, 4-H Youth, at Virginia Tech after the carcass results are computed.
CHAMPION ANGUS MARKET STEER AWARD
An award to the Champion Angus Market Steer exhibitor will be given in memory of Raymond Pickett, a dedicated supporter of the 4-H and FFA youth in Clarke County, sponsored by his brother, Hardy Pickett. The award will be presented by Krystal Fletcher, Josh Moore, Dusty Pickett, grandchildren of Raymond Pickett.
GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOW STEER AWARD
Each year Clarke County Farm Bureau presents an award to the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Beef Steer of the Junior Show.
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOW STEER AWARD
In memory of NANCY B. WOLFE, a past 4-H leader, the Kenneth Pruitt family will present a silver bowl to the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Steer of the Junior Show.
A. CATHERINE MCINTIRE MEMORIAL CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOW REGISTERED ANGUS HEIFER AWARD
In memory of A. Catherine McIntire, whose support of the 4-H and FFA programs was exemplary and for her love of Angus cattle, Fred and Paula Myer of Blackline Farm, Berryville, present this award to the exhibitor of the Champion Angus heifer of the Junior Purebred Angus Show.
JUNIOR BEEF HERDSMAN AWARD
In memory of NELSON MARTIN, CECIL P. WOLFE, DOUG MCINTIRE, RAYMOND PICKETT and CARLTON L. EMMART, a special award donated by the Clarke County Fair, is presented to the 4-H or FFA beef cattle exhibitor who, in the opinion of the beef cattle committee, does the best job caring for and presenting his/her animal (s) to the public during the 2012 Clarke County Fair. Factors to be considered are neatness of stable area, cleanliness of animal at all times, care of equipment, personal appearance and conduct, and spirit of cooperation. The winner of this award will receive a gift certificate in recognition of his/her accomplishments.
RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR SHOW REGISTERED ANGUS HEIFER AWARD
Each year P.T. McIntire and Sons of White Post present an award to the exhibitor of the Reserve Champion Junior Show Registered Angus Heifer.
CLARKE COUNTY RURITAN BEEF SHOWMANSHIP AWARDS
Banners will be presented by the Clarke County Ruritan Club to the first and second place exhibitors in each of the showmanship divisions: Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Seniors.
JAMES H. MORRIS MEMORIAL SENIOR BEEF SHOWMANSHIP AWARD
In memory of James H. Morris, whose support of the 4-H and FFA programs in the community was well acknowledged, a $25.00 cash award will be given by Mrs. Barbara Morris to the Senior Champion Beef Showmanship Award winner of the Junior Beef Show.
HOFF MEMORIAL AWARD
In memory of Mr. Floyd Hoff and Mr. Jock Hoff, a banner will be presented to the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer by an anonymous donor.
VA CLUB CALF PRODUCER AWARD- New contact person awaiting a response!
Given by Noah Travers to the Grand Champion Market Steer.
COREY B. OMPS MEMORIAL CHAMPION CONTINENTAL CROSS MARKET STEER AWARD
This award is given in memory of Corey B. Omps for his dedication to the Clarke County 4-H and FFA livestock programs to the Champion Continental Cross Market Steer Award. The recipient will receive a plaque and a $100 cash award by the Hout Livestock 4-H Club.