Department E – Sheep
****PLEASE REFER TO GENERAL AND ANIMAL HEALTH RULES FOR COMPLETE LIVESTOCK SHOWING RULES*****
RULES AND REGULATIONS
- All entry fees and papers are due by July 31 to the Sheep Chairman or online. Registration papers and entry fees are due upon animal’s arrival to fairgrounds. Pen Set-Up will be 6:30 pm Thursday, August 5.
- All sheep entries, market and breeding, must be in place no later than 12:00 noon Fair Sunday.
3. The Sheep Department reserves the right to dismiss any sheep on the fairgrounds that has any communicable disease such as club lamb fungus, foot rot, sore mouth, ringworm, or any others that are identified. The Sheep Committee also reserves the right to call in a veterinarian of its choice to review any health decisions made by the committee.
To be in compliance with the recommendations of the state veterinarian, all sheep must be identified with an official scrapie tag in their ear upon arrival at the fairgrounds. The official paperwork must accompany the sheep. Any sheep not having the tag will be dismissed from the fairgrounds and sent home. Health Certificate must be shown to a committee chairman BEFORE any animals enter the barn.
4. The Junior Sheep Show is open to only Clarke County 4-H and FFA project members by January 1 of the year of the show. All new 4-H/FFA sheep project members must be enrolled by March 1, year of the show. The Open Show is open to Clarke County residents and Clarke County FFA and 4-H members. All entries must be entered under the owner’s name; premiums will be paid based upon the owner.
5. Bred and owned market lambs MUST be the offspring of a ewe flock project animal. The ewe flock project animal must be owned and cared for by the exhibitor by January 1st, year of the show. Bred and owned market lamb exhibitors must take and complete the ewe flock project or be properly recorded in the official SAE record book.
6. No covers of any type are allowed on any sheep between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. except on the day of the Sheep Show. This means that your lamb may remain covered from 9:00 pm Monday evening through 9:00 am Wednesday. There may be no covers when checking sheep into the barn initially and absolutely no sheep are to be brought into the barn without being checked off the list of the sheep chairmen. NO EXCEPTIONS
- Only water from a bucket may be used to hydrate any sheep while at the fairgrounds. No tubes, hoses, or bottles may be used at any time. See chairman with any questions.
- All Sheep Exhibitors must be present in the sheep barn vicinity during the sheep show, sheep ultrasound, and the sheep sale. See the general rules for clarification.
- All breeding sheep shown in the “Open Classes” (4-H, FFA, and adult exhibitors) are to remain in the place until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 14, unless being removed to another fair. Permission of the co-chairmen must be obtained by those wishing to leave before this time.
10. BREEDING SHEEP WILL BE SHOWN BY BREEDS.
11. An entry fee of $3.00 per head will be charged for the Open Show. The entry fee must be paid prior to the show to be eligible to show.
12. All market lambs and junior breeding sheep must be in the possession and ownership of the exhibiting 4-H or FFA member and be on feed by the June weigh-in, year of the show. 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 receive committee approval. If the animal is moved at anytime during the fair project, the Livestock Committee must be notified immediately.
13. All market lambs to be sold by 4-H or FFA members will be graded before show on Tuesday.
14. All lambs will be weighed on Fair Monday at 7:00 AM. All lambs must weigh a minimum of 95 pounds. If they don’t weigh 95 pounds they must live grade blue to be eligible for the youth market lamb show and sale. The maximum weight limit is 150. lbs. All lambs must be born after December 1 of the year previous to the show to be eligible to show in the junior market lamb show and to sell at the Saturday sale. Any lambs not falling in the above weight class may be shown in the showmanship and prospect classes at the end of our junior market show. They will not be eligible for Saturday’s Sale.
15. To recognize lamb buyers, $6.00 will be retained from the proceeds of each lamb sold to purchase a newspaper advertisement and recognition banner.
16. The fitting and show preparation area is confined to the wash rack, the sheep barn and other designated areas within the livestock area which will be designated at the exhibitor meeting on the Sunday of Fair Week. No paints, dyes, or products which are not labeled specifically for sheep or that contain alcohol may be used in the fitting process. No adhesives or products with cooling properties may be used. All products used must be in their original container.
17. Each exhibitor may weigh up to 5 lambs at the official project weigh-in, show 3 lambs, and sell only 2 market lambs. Exhibitors must designate at June weigh-in if lamb is to be in the market lamb class or the bred and owned market lamb class. Any lamb not designated at weigh-in will be placed in regular market division.
18. All market lambs must be castrated (removal of testicles) by the initial project weigh-in. Any evidence of testicular tissue will be evaluated and up to the discretion of the sheep committee.
19. All market lambs must be slick shorn within a week of the fair. All breeding sheep exhibits must have no more than one-half inch of wool, except for wool breeds, which must meet their wool breed association standards. If a touch up is needed, you are required to clean up the area.
20. Registration papers are required for all purebred classes in the breeding show. Appendix and unregistered animals will be shown in the commercial classes.
21. The Sheep Committee and Junior Exhibitors will set-up pens on Thursday, August 6 at 6:30p.m. and will meet again on Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m. to take down sheep pens. Before exhibitors in barn area leave the grounds at the conclusion of the Fair, they must clean their pens
22. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Market Lamb Show and the Bred and Owned Show must participate in the carcass and ultrasound program if available. All Champions must be sold at the livestock sale. Any exemption will have to be approved by the Committee.
23. Market Lambs and Breed and Owned Market Lambs will be shown by weight only. (There will not be separate classes for black face, brockles and white face/Dorset lambs.)
24. Bred and owned market lamb exhibitors must own and care for the dam during gestation of the bred and owned market lamb prior to breeding and have an updated project book provided by their 4-H/FFA Advisor.
25. Youth exhibitors cannot show the same lamb in the bred and owned market lamb class and the general market lamb classes. Youth must designate at June weigh-in which lamb(s) are to be in the market lamb class and which lamb(s) are to be in the bred and owned market lamb class.
Tuesday, August 10, 2:00 P.M.
**Refer to sheep general rules for other requirements**
- Registration papers are required for all purebred classes in the breeding show and they must be turned in upon arrival at the fairgrounds to the Sheep Chairman. Appendix and unregistered animals will be shown in the commercial classes. No market animals are allowed to show in open show.
- A Group will consist of any four animals of the same breed that have been shown in a previous class of the show, either purebred or commercial. An exhibitor is limited to one entry per breed.
3. The Youth Open Showmanship “Pee Wee” class is open to any youth that will not reach their 9th birthday by September 30 of the year of the show. There will be a sign up sheet at the announcer’s stand before the show.
4. A dam and a lamb entry will consist of a dam and her lamb of the same breed that have been shown in a previous class of the show, either purebred or commercial.
CLASSES PREMIUMS 1ST 2ND 3RD
1. Open Youth Showmanship
(open to any youth under 9 years of age) Ribbons & Trophy
2. Group – 10.00 8.00 6.00
3. Ram Lamb -under 6 months – 8.00 6.00 4.00 Commercial Ram Lamb-under 6 months- 8.00 5.00 3.00
5. Ram Lamb – 6 months to 1 year – 8.00 5.00 3.00
6. Commercial Ram Lamb-6 months to 1 year- 8.00 5.00 3.00
7. Yearling Ram – 8.00 5.00 3.00
8. Commercial Yearling Ram- 8.00 5.00 3.00
9. Aged Ram – 8.00 5.00 3.00
10. Commercial Aged Rams- 8.00 5.00 3.00
11. Pair of Rams – 8.00 5.00 3.00
12. Commercial Pair of Rams- 8.00 5.00 3.00
13. Ewe Lamb – under 6 months – 8.00 5.00 3.00
14. Ewe Lamb – over 6 months – 8.00 5.00 3.00
15. Pair of Ewe Lambs – 8.00 5.00 3.00
16. Yearling Ewe – 8.00 5.00 3.00
17. Pair of Yearling Ewes – 8.00 5.00 3.00
18. Aged Ewes – 8.00 5.00 3.00
19. Pair of Aged Ewes – 8.00 5.00 3.00
20. Dam and Lamb –
Lamb must be born to dam after October 1, 2020 8.00 5.00 3.00
21. Grand Champion Ram of each breed – Rosette
22. Reserve Champion Ram of each breed – Rosette
23. Grand Champion Ewe of each breed – Rosette
24. Reserve Champion Ewe of each breed – Rosette
25. Supreme Ram – Rosette
26. Reserve Supreme Ram – Rosette
27. Supreme Ewe – Rosette
28. Reserve Supreme Ewe – Rosette
Tuesday, August 10, 4:30 P.M.
Classes Premiums 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
- Senior Fitting and Showing Ribbons 1-4; Banner for Grand & Reserve
- Intermediate Fitting and Showing Ribbons 1-4; Banner for Grand & Reserve
- Junior Fitting and Showing Ribbons 1-4; Banner for Grand & Reserve
- Novice Fitting and Showing Ribbons 1-4; Banner for Grand & Reserve
- Supreme Fitting and Showing Sign & Cash Grand and Reserve
- Open Youth Showmanship (under 9 years of age) Ribbons
- Bred & Owned Market Lambs 1ST 10.00, 2ND 8.00, 3RD 6.00, 4TH 4.00
- Champion Bred & Owned Market Lamb Rosette
- Reserve Champion Bred & Owned Market Lamb Rosette
- Market Lambs 1ST 10.00, 2ND 8.00, 3RD 6.00, 4TH 4.00
- Champion Market Lamb Rosette
- Reserve Champion Market Lamb Rosette
- Grand Champion Market Lamb Banner and Award
- Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Banner and Award
Showmanship classes will be divided into Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Novice Showmen will be those youth who have not shown lambs as a 4-H or FFA project previously at the Clarke County Fair and are 12 years of age or under as of September 30th, 2021. Junior Showmen will be those exhibitors who will be 9 through 12 years of age as of September 30, 2021. Intermediate Showmen will be those exhibitors who will be 13 through 15 years of age as of September 30, 2021 and Senior Showmen are those exhibitors who will be 16 years of age and older as of September 30, 2021.
Junior Sheep Show Special Awards
Triple Oak Farm (“The Crim Family” Gary, Lenora, Brandi, Josh, Jon, Shay, Lilly & Layla) presents an award to the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Overall Market Lamb of the Junior Show. This award is given in memory of Uncle Donnie.
Milton Valley Farm will present an award to the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Overall Market Lamb of the Junior Show.
In memory of Raymond “Peanut” Chapman a cash award will be presented to the exhibitor of the Champion Market Lamb and the Reserve Champion Market Lamb at the Friday evening Awards Ceremony by Clarke Agricultural Learning Foundation.
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.
Trophies are presented by Berryville Farm Supply to the first place exhibitors in each of the showmanship divisions: Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
In memory of ORIE J. ROYSTON who promoted sheep showing and judging in Clarke County, an award will be presented to the Clarke 4-H or FFA sheep exhibitor, who in the opinion of the committee, does the best job of caring for and presenting his/her animal or animals to the public during the 2020 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. Possession of award is for one year until the 2017 Clarke County Fair. A member winning the award any three years will have permanent possession.
In memory of Mr. Floyd Hoff and Mr. Jock Hoff, a banner will be presented to the exhibitor of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb by an anonymous donor.
Moore Clemens Insurance Company will present awards to the exhibitor of the Champion and Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Market Lamb of the Junior Show.
This award is given by the Cather family in memory of Granddad & Grandmammy who supported three generations of Cathers for over fifty years of showing in the Clarke County Fair. The award will be given to the Grand Champion of the Senior Showmanship Division of the Youth Sheep Show to award the dedication they have shown to their project
H-Squared Livestock and The Hartsell Family will present banners and awards to the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Bred and Owned Market Lamb and the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Owned Market Lamb.