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2020 Junior and Open Sheep

Saturday, August 22
Weigh-in………………….....…….7-9 a.m.
Wednesday, August 26
Sheep Junior Show… …………..8:00 a.m.
Breeding Show will begin one hour after market show
Saturday, August 29
Junior Livestock Sale……… ……8:45 a.m.
Sale Order: hogs, steers, lambs

            Blue, Red, White, Peewee:  $6,$4,$2,$3
Juniors: Blue, Red: $6, $4
Blue, Red, White, Yellow: $10, $8, $6, $4
 Marlon Bingham, Director
Gail Godfrey- Assistant, 435-458-3580
Brian Lish – Assistant, 435-279-4095
Charly Young – Assistant, 435-723-0819
Brad Stevenson – Assistant, 435-230-3437
Shaun Owen - Assistant, 435-257-2823
Marcie Owen - Assistant, 435-257-2823
Nels Jensen –  Assistant, 435-452-1905
Greg Madsen - Carcass Contest Assistant, 435-279-6483

Breeding sheep can only be shown in one division. 

There will be separate classes for all wether sheep.


*Market lambs entered into the market show are not eligible to show as breeding stock.


 Open Division

 1. Ram Lamb under 1 year

 2. Pen of 2 Ram Lambs

 3. Yearling Ram under 2 years

 4. Pen of 2 Yearling Rams

 5. Champion and Reserve Champion Rams

 6. Ewe Lamb under 1 year

 7. Pen of 2 Ewe Lambs

 8. Yearling Ewe under 2 years

 9. Pen of 2 Yearling Ewes

10. Champion and Reserve Champion Ewes

11. Breeders Flock: 1 Ram; 2 Ewes any age

12. Open class fitting and showmanship contest

      a. Open to any open class sheep exhibitor

      b. Exhibitors must own their own animal

      c. Awards: Premium to top showman


Junior Division

4-H/FFA Only

 1. Ram Lamb under 1 year

 2. Pen of 2 Ram Lambs

 3. Yearling Ram under 2 years

 4. Pen of 2 Yearling Rams

 5. Aged Ram 2 years and older

 6. Champion and Reserve Champion Rams

 7. Ewe Lamb under 1 year

 8. Pen of 2 Ewe Lambs

 9. Yearling Ewe under 2 years

10. Pen of 2 yearling Ewes

11. Aged Ewe 2 years and older

12. Champion and Reserve Champion Ewes

13. Breeders Flock: 1 Ram; 2 Ewes - any age

14. Barn Champion animal, Junior and Open division

Market Lamb Show Rules, Procedures, and Animal Health

1. Exhibitors must be 4-H or FFA members of Box Elder County and must abide by the general rules.

2. The Market Lamb show will be open to ewes and wethers. For those who want to bring home a ewe lamb from the auction, the proper and legal procedure is to buy the lamb at the full cost during the auction. If a youth or adult approaches a buyer during the auction asking if they can purchase the lamb from the buyer at the spread price (market value) the result will be the elimination of ewe lambs from the junior livestock show. This ruling will be reevaluated on a year-to-year basis. 

3. Market lambs must be docked. It is suggested that the dock be lift-able with some evidence of the caudal fold present. Lambs will be inspected at the weigh-in/tagging in June. Those lambs with extreme docks will not be accepted. Exhibitors coming to the first weigh-in in June who are told the dock is not long enough can bring a suitable lamb to the second weigh-in. Members of the sheep committee will make final dock length determination at the weigh-in at the county fair.

4. The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Lamb do not have to go to slaughter.

5. All market lambs will be required to be penned in the sheep barn. Only as a last result will the horse stalls be used. These stall assignments will be made by the sheep committee on a rotation basis.

6. Drenching is allowed only under supervision of a veterinarian and in the presence of a member of the sheep committee. Anyone seen drenching will be immediately disqualified.

7. The use of any device that restricts a lamb from eating, such as a muzzle, is prohibited while at the fairgrounds.

8. Absolutely no vaccination of any kind should be given to lambs at least 30 days prior to the fair.

9. All decisions and unforeseen circumstances will be determined on an as need basis by the Director of the market lamb show and/or his committee members.


Market Lamb Tagging and Weigh-In

1. All market lambs must be owned, tagged and fed in the county by the exhibitor at least 60 days prior to the show. 4-H or FFA members may tag up to three lambs for the Box Elder County Fair.  Families with registered 4-H and/or FFA members with fewer than three lambs 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 lambs tagged, he or she will not be permitted to use an alternate/family project. 

2. Market and Carcass Lambs entered must be pre-tagged and must weigh no more than 110 lbs. at the weigh-in and tagging date.(2020 contact sheep director)

3. All ewe lambs must be tagged with the herd identification tag for scrapies. Wether lambs do not need the tag unless they are over 18 months of age.

4. Lambs do not need to be sheared before crossing the scale at the tagging date. At the weigh-in of the Box Elder County Fair, lambs are to have no longer than 1/2 inch of wool.

5. Lamb weights: Market and Carcass Lambs must weight a minimum of 110 pounds at the weigh-in of the Box Elder County Fair. If the lamb does not meet the minimum weight requirements they will not be allowed to cross the scale a second time. When crossing the scale, lambs are to be dried and without a blanket. Weights are final when animals leave the scale. An exhibitor may weigh in a different project animal at the second weigh-in. Once a lamb has crossed the scale and has been entered into the Market Lamb show, the animal is not allowed to leave the fairgrounds. Anyone seen removing their lambs from the fairgrounds will be immediately disqualified.


Market Lamb Carcass Contest  

1. Carcass data will be calculated on all lambs entered into the carcass contest. Participation is on a volunteer basis. Winners will be notified prior to the carcass contest meeting. Premiums for the carcass contest will be paid to the top 15 participants. Exhibitors are responsible for having buyer information prior to crossing the scale. Exhibitors also must make arrangements for the cutting and wrapping of meat. Carcass lambs should be weighed in on Wednesday of fair week. Lambs entered into the carcass contest must weight over 110 pounds.


Showmanship and Fitting Contests

1. Showmanship Contest:

     a. Open to all FFA and 4-H sheep members who have properly tagged their lamb and registered for showmanship.

       b. There will be 10 classes in showmanship: 12th grade, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 and 3rd grades as of January of current year. (*Time permitting - an adult open showmanship class). Showmanship will take place in the indoor arena on Friday starting at 10 a.m. Contestants must show their own animal in the showmanship contest.


2. Fitting Contest:

   a. Open to all FFA and 4-H sheep members exhibiting at the Box Elder County Fair. There will be 3 classes in fitting: 3rd - 5th grade, 6th - 8th grade, and 9th - 12th grade as of January 1, of current year. (*Time permitting - an adult open fitting class).

       b. In the fitting contest, entrants will be required to show their skills in fitting an animal for show. Fitting equipment (hand shears, wool card) should be furnished by the exhibitor. Raw animals will be provided. Premiums and awards will be given to winners.


Sheep Display Contest:

1. Sheep Display Contest:

       a. A trophy will be presented to the best display.

   b. The displays can be done by an individual, family, club or chapter.

     c. The display will be judged on cleanliness

of the pens, organization of materials and overall effect of the display.

     d. The displays must be finished by 12 noon on Thursday.


Pee-Wee Lead Lamb Contest:

1. Pee-Wee Lead Open Class: This class is for young exhibitors who want to show and lead a lamb. It will be held Friday at 5 p.m. Registration will be at 4:45 p.m.

2. Requirements:

     a. Age 3 through 2nd graders as of January 1, of current year.

     b. Must be able to lead a lamb.

     c. Halters are required.

     d. Costumes for contestants and lambs

are required.

3. Everyone is a winner. A ribbon and a $3 premium will be awarded to every entry. A first place trophy will be given and a second place honorable mention.

Entries will be judge on:

       Most Outstanding

       Most Creative

       Most Original

4. Pee-Wee lambs may not be penned at the fairgrounds unless they are registered market show lambs that are being used.


*Please call Marcie Owen at 435-257-2823 to reserve lamb pens. 4-H leaders are responsible for their club’s pens.*