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Livestock General Rules

2018 Livestock General Rules

*Not all situations can be foreseen and might not be covered in this book. The directors take every effort to be fair. If a situation arises that is contrary to the intent of the livestock, the directors will meet with 4-H and FFA representatives to come up with a solution. Violations could be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, forfeiture from the show and sale.


Rules and Regulations for Livestock

Rules may be interpreted upon the discretion of the Livestock Committee.

Livestock Committee Directors:
Sheep Department- Marlon Bingham

Hog Department- Jeff Kent
Beef Department- Richard Holmgren
Auction- Chubb Munns
Financial Advisor- Lyle Holmgren


Health Requirements on All Animals

All apparently healthy animals may enter the Box Elder County Fair without a health certificate, with the exception that all breeding cattle must have proof of brucellosis vaccination. The respective supervisor will closely screen any animal that does not appear to be healthy. Then a local veterinarian will examine the animal at the owner’s expense to fully determine the animal’s ability to stay in the show.

All exhibitors are urged not to bring animals that are sick or have recently been ill. All animals with ringworm or skin lesions will be barred from competition. We urge owners and exhibitors to guard other livestock by not bringing diseased animals to the fair.

All owners will exhibit their livestock at their own risk. Box Elder County and the Box Elder County Fair Board will not assume any risk or accept responsibility for sickness, accident, disease or the animal’s death while at the fair or contracted at the fair.

With some animals it is advisable to vaccinate them prior to association with other animals at the fair. We recommend that you contact your veterinarian for his/her advice on these matters. Swine, sheep and cattle must meet standard health requirements as determined by the supervisor. Any sick or uncontrollable animals will not be displayed and must be removed from the show.



1. Treating an animal internally or externally, with any irritant, counterirritant or other substance used to artificially change the conformation or appearance of an animal for show is considered unethical, inhumane and is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of graphite, powders, hemp, artificial hair, coloring, common products such as fly spray, ointment, or liniment used to the point that it is irritating, or similar type products. The use of dyes, spray paint or other artificial coloring, which results in altering an animal’s true and natural appearance and/or color, is prohibited. Adding false hair or hair like material, fleece, or skin at any point, spot or area of the animal’s body is illegal and will result in immediate disqualification. Any liquid or substance not considered part of an accepted and normal diet for livestock is deemed illegal and inhumane. For example; the use of alcoholic or carbonated beverages as a drench or filler, etc. Drenching will not be allowed unless the show veterinary or a show official is present and is needed for emergency purposes only. 

2. The use of tranquilizers, sedatives or depressants, which alter the physical or physiological state of the animal, is illegal. Exceptions to this rule would be licensed, certified veterinarians, treatment for a recognized disease or injury or recommendation for tranquilizing breeding animals in heat that might compromise the safety of others. The drugs must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in meat-producing animals. All exhibitors will advise show management of any drug and/or medication administered to an animal that might be detected at the time of showing or at meat inspection. The name of the drug, its purpose, the person who administered the drug, time, and date of administration will be presented to show management prior to the showing and sale of the animals. Failure to report this information will result in severe penalty and/or disqualification. Any use of drugs or substances not approved by the Food and Drug Administration is strictly prohibited. The use of feed products with Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) is strongly discouraged in hogs and is strictly banned in all other species of market livestock. All animals entered into livestock competition will be subject to testing for foreign substances that exceed acceptable levels established by the FDS, FSIS, USDA, or EPA. During the livestock event, in the case of an animal requiring treatment, all medication shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the livestock officials shall be notified.

3. Surgery, injection or insertion of foreign material under the skin and/or into the flesh of the animal to change the natural contour, conformation or appearance of an animal’s body is illegal. This includes vegetable oil, silicon, or any other substance used to alter an animal’s shape. Acceptable practices of physical preparations, which are allowed, include: clipping of hair, trimming of hooves, dehorning or removal of ancillary teats.

4. The use of inhumane fitting, showing and/or handling practices of devises shall not be tolerated. For example: breaking of tails, striking of the animal to cause swelling or for bracing purpose, use of an electrical devices, muzzles, etc. is not acceptable.

5. Direct criticism, belligerency and/ or interference with the judge, show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives or show officials before, during or after the competitive event is prohibited. Judge’s decisions are final and must be respected. Anyone approaching a judge in a threatening, harassing, or hostile manner will jeopardize the standing of associated exhibitors and be subject to criminal charges.



1. All animals must be cared for during the entire fair or premium money will be forfeited. If negligence is shown, the animal will not be sold during the Junior Livestock Sale on Saturday. This includes cleaning up the stall.

2. All market animals will be weighed only once. Animals not making the weight will be disqualified. There will be a committee at the scale to disqualify any light or unfit animals.

3. A shrink on lambs and pigs or additional shrinkage on steers may be assessed by management when there is indication that the animals are over-fed.

4. Any animal deemed unruly during the weigh-in at the county fair will have until Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the exhibitor to show he/she can control the animal. If the exhibitor cannot demonstrate control of the animal, it will be disqualified and the animal will have to be removed from the fairgrounds. Tranquilizers are strictly prohibited. A veterinary will be available to diagnose any health issues.

5. All market animals will be divided into classes by weight.

6. Animals shown in breeding classes are not eligible to be shown in market classes.

7. All livestock exhibits are subject for use in the Livestock Judging Contest with permission of the owner.

8. All cattle and sheep (except open class dairy cattle) entered in the breeding divisions need not have registration papers but need to show proper breed characteristics. 

9. All breeding sheep and cattle need only to be owned by the time of the fair.

10. Animals that do not make weight for the market class can still be entered into the fitting and showing contests by the owners of the project.

11. Wood shavings for livestock bedding will be provided for livestock exhibitors to use for their animals during the fair. 

12. All animals must be cleaned and washed in designated wash rack areas.

13. Animals will be released from the fair under the direction of the respective livestock director, but not before 10 p.m. the closing day of the fair.

14. Market animals loaded at the fairgrounds after the close of the fair must have been tagged for the Box Elder County Fair.



1. Open to all FFA and 4-H members in Box Elder County. Membership must be verified if questions arise. To exhibit at the Box Elder County Fair, 4-H members must be in the 3rd grade as of October 1, 2017 thru the 12th grade (the summer after high school graduation). All 4-H members must have properly enrolled with the USU Extension office in that project area in order to compete. FFA members must be enrolled in the livestock project they are planning to exhibit with their local FFA Chapter. High school graduates who are exhibiting in FFA can exhibit only the summer after high school graduation.

2. In order to qualify to show market livestock in the Box Elder Junior Livestock show, 4-H and FFA exhibitors must currently reside in Box Elder County and must be currently enrolled in a Box Elder County school or a school pre-approved by the livestock committee.  Any exceptions must be submitted yearly to livestock director. The school the exhibitor is attending must be indicated on the project agreement signed at the tagging of the project.  Failure to comply with this ruling will result in the market livestock exhibitor being disqualified from the show and losing all auction proceeds. Exhibitor eligibility will be determined by the livestock committee.

3. All FFA exhibitors attending the show will be responsible to their high school agriculture teachers, and 4-H members will be responsible to the extension agent or club leader for the entire duration of the show.

4. An exhibitor may not make entries in the same division under 4-H and FFA.

5. Each exhibitor must have a sign identifying the exhibit.

6. The dress code for exhibitors during the show and sale will be: 4-H - a long or short sleeve shirt which fastens down the front with a collar is mandatory. Shirts must be whitein color and need not be Western style. No lettering allowed. There is to be a 4-H emblem or patch on all 4-H member’s shirts. Full length black or blue pants are to be wornby 4-Hers and FFA members. Vests will be allowed. The following will not be allowed: Shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, tube tops or sleeveless shirts. FFA- Either a white shirt, tie and FFA jacket or a white shirt with the FFA emblem and tie (T-shirts are not allowed).  Exhibitors who fail to abide by 4-H and FFA dress standards will forfeit prize money and the opportunity to show or sell their animal.

7. The fitting of show animals will take place in areas designated by the livestock show committee. Parents, guardians, siblings, club leaders, extension/4H agents and FFA advisors may assist, and are encouraged to assist the younger exhibitors, however, each exhibitor must be working with the project animal and be in attendance with the animal during the entire fitting process. Flagrant violations will result in the animal being disqualified from the show and sale.

8. All 4-H and FFA market steer, lamb and hog exhibitors will be required to turn in an updated record book or portfolio prior to receiving their sale check. These books need to follow the guidelines set by the 4-H office or the FFA department and are to be the work of the exhibitor.  All 4-H Livestock Record Books and Portfolios are due October 1.  Failure to complete and submit a record book or portfolio by January 31, 2019 will make the exhibitor ineligible to sell an animal in the 2019 Junior Livestock Sale.

9. Exhibitors are to write a thank you letter to their buyer prior to receiving their sale check.

10. Exhibitors must be present to show and sell their own animal. If not, they will be sifted from the show and the auction. Any exceptions require written permission from the livestock director.

11. Exhibitors are required to attend an exhibitor’s meeting at the fairgrounds on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

12. The exhibitor is responsible for the animal until it is loaded for removal from the fairgrounds at the close of the fair.  If the animal dies while at the fairgrounds, the exhibitor will forfeit the floor price of the animal.

13. Exhibitor’s livestock trailers will park only in designated areas not with house trailers.



1. Exhibitors may not receive more than two premiums in any class.

2. No premiums will be allowed for animals or exhibits which, in the opinion of the judge, do not meet the minimum qualifications.

3. All premiums will correspond with the open class premiums as follows:

A - 1st, B - 2nd, C - 3rd

4. The judging of all Junior Division exhibits will be done with the Danish system. Judges will place animals exhibited in the Junior Department in Groups A,B,C, according to type, quality and condition. Ribbons will be given to indicate the different groups.

5. No animals unworthy of a premium shall receive one even though there are no competitors, nor shall any animal receive a higher premium than its merits justify.

6. Breeding beef and sheep exhibitors will be limited to two premiums and two ribbons in each class.



Fine Arts Building

           Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

            Friday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

             Saturday noon - 10 p.m.


*All premiums picked up at the Fine Arts building kitchen

*All premiums not picked up by Saturday night will be forfeited.




1. 4-H or FFA members may tag up to three project animals per species for the Box Elder County Fair.  Families with registered 4-H and/or FFA members with fewer than three animals per species per exhibitor may tag an alternate/family project animal as long as that project is used by immediate family members (brothers or sisters).   If any member has three project animals he or she will not be permitted to use an alternate/family project. 

2. Any effort to remove or change any tag placed by the Livestock Committee without their written approval is sufficient cause for permanent disqualification.

3. Any steer, lamb or hog losing its tag must be retagged immediately by a member of the livestock committee.

4. When an animal enters the Box Elder 4-H/FFA Jr. Livestock Show and is weighed and accepted, all other tags must be removed.

5. Any animal with a tag at weigh-in that does not match the tag number of the project agreement contract is subject to sifting at the discretion of the livestock director.



1. Contest is held in May each year at the Box Elder County fairgrounds. Open to all 4-H and FFA members in Box Elder County.
2. Contestants will compete based on divisions of their school grade as of January 1 of the current year. Contestants must be official members of 4-H or FFA.
3. Competition will be on a team and individual basis.
4. 4-6 classes of market and/or breeding classes will be provided.
5. A competitive livestock reasons component may be part of the overall score and contest.
6. Overall placing and reasons will be given by the judge after the final class.
7. Awards - To be awarded during the Junior Livestock Exhibitor meeting at the Box Elder County Fair:


4-H (3rd to 5th grade): First place trophy
4-H (6th to 8th grade): First place trophy
4-H (9th to 12th grade): First place trophy
FFA (9th to 12th grade): First place trophy



4-H (3rd to 5th grade): First place trophy
4-H (6th to 8th grade): First place trophy
4-H (9th to 12th grade): First place trophy
FFA (9th to 12th grade): First place trophy




1. Open to any 4-H members in Box Elder County.
2. Competition will be on an individual basis.
3. Portfolios are due on October 1.
4. Premiums:

4-H (3rd – 5th grade): First place-trophy & Second place - recognition
4-H (6th-8th grade): First place-trophy & Second place - recognition
4-H (9th-12th grade: First place-trophy &   Second place - recogntion




It is important FFA and 4-H members declare which program they plan to affiliate with during the current year. When the livestock or small animal project is tagged, the exhibitor will declare either 4-H or FFA for that project. If you declare a project as an FFA project, then you will need to complete an FFA portfolio. If you declare yourself a 4-H member, you will need to complete a 4-H portfolio or 4-H record book. It is not permissible to complete a 4-H and FFA portfolio for the same project. A program agreement is required to declare if a project is entered as FFA or 4-H.