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4-H General Livestock Rules

December 14, 2020

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  1. ALL MEMBERS MUST ENTER AND SHOW THEIR OWN ANIMALS. Exception: If the member has more than one (1) animal in a class, then one (1) of the animals for that class may be shown by another Hamilton County 4-H member. All showmen must be Hamilton County 4-H Members. 4-H’er must get permission from Barn
    Superintendent to have another Hamilton County 4-H’er show their additional animal.
  1. All exhibits must remain in place until officially released which will be on JULY 20 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. This does NOT include non-sale livestock which are released from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on JULY 20. Cats, dogs, and pocket pets are released after judging.
  1. EARLY RELEASE PENALTY- A 4-H’er who chooses to take their 4-H animals home prior to the fair animal release time, will incur the following penalty: 4-H’er will not be allowed to participate in the 4-H livestock auction of the current fair and will not be allowed to exhibit in the project at the next year’s fair but will be allowed to complete the project the next year. Exception is Waterfowl- all will be released (except Grand and Reserve Grand Champion) immediately following judging.
  1. Records must be complete to be eligible for State Fair entry or to be eligible for Champion selection. Prior to judging, 4-H leaders will notify the Extension Office of incomplete records from their club (by Tuesday, JULY 6, 2021). Also those exhibiting livestock with incomplete records in addition to the above will be ineligible to participate in the livestock auction.
  1. All unauthorized personnel will vacate premises from midnight to 5 a.m.

  2. Any exhibitor using excessive abuse on his exhibit animals will be eliminated from the show. The direct application of ice, ice water, alcohol, Freon, or any other refrigerant to the hide of any animal is strictly prohibited. This deceptive, fraudulent practice will cause the exhibitor and their animal(s) to be disqualified immediately.
  1. No animal is to be in designated vehicle parking areas or out past the horse barn, north, east or south side of arena, food court, swine barn, llama barn, horse barn/arena or crops tent, with exception during cattle tie out walking time.
  1. No exhibit will be released before the published release dates and times.

  2. No article can be shown with a for sale sign.

  3. 4-H animal exhibit may be maintained at a professional fitters facility. A pre-approved committee of Hamilton County volunteers will be available during the Fair for each specie for those 4-H members wanting to learn, needing advice and/or assistance in preparing their animal for exhibit. Contact the species superintendent for assistance.

  4. Recommended proper attire for 4-H livestock exhibitors to wear when exhibiting livestock in the show ring. Livestock exhibitors are strongly urged to dress in a manner appropriate to show livestock. Examples of such appropriate dress would include button down shirts, golf shirts with collar, jeans or long pants, and, if possible work boots or work shoes to protect feet. It is suggested exhibitors not wear tank tops, T-shirts (other than those approved by the club), midriffs, halter tops, baggy pants, tops with spaghetti straps, shorts, cut offs, sandals or tennis shoes. The judge may use these guidelines as a criteria for final placings.

  5. No clothing may be worn by an exhibitor that identifies farm name and/or breed during judged competition.

  6. 4-H Livestock exhibitors who wish to sell an animal in the 4-H Auction must lead and or hold  the animal being sold in the auction ring.
  7. The 4-H livestock auction is a SLAUGHTER ONLY sale. This means that 4-H’ers are NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE HOME THEIR SALE ANIMALS AFTER THE FAIR! See the current Hamilton County 4-H Fairbook for a complete set of auction rules.

  8. Any one (1) animal may not be enrolled by more than one (1) 4-H member, except for brothers and sisters. Llamas are exempt from this rule to show at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair.

  9. Each 4-H member must continuously own his/her own exhibit from the state enrollment date until show day at the county and/or State Fair.

  10. 4-H animals exhibited after the animal enrollment deadline (May 15) at any show by anyone other than the person whose 4-H enrollment record is connected to the ID of the animal on the Indiana 4-H Online enrollment will not be eligible to be shown in the 4-H show at the County Fair or Indiana State Fair. This term/condition does not apply to siblings and parents, who may show each other's animals at any show during the year without jeopardizing county or state fair eligibility. This policy applies to all 4-H animal projects. For animal projects without an ID deadline, the person who enters them in the Indiana State Fair 4-H show is the equivalent of the owner of the animals.

  11. No pets or livestock are allowed on the 4-H grounds unless being shown with the exception of practice times and nursing animals.

  12. If an unborn offspring is to be exhibited at the fair, the pregnant mother must be enrolled using in.4honline.com by May 15th.

  13. All animals exhibited at the 4-H Fair must meet Board of Animal Health (BOAH) requirement.

  14. Acceptable 4-H livestock registration certificates; a.) in a members name, b.) John Smith and Sons, c.) John Smith, Sons and Daughters, d.) John Smith and Family (family includes sons, daughters, and legal guardian youth only), e.) Mark Smith (brother) and Mary Smith (sister), f.) Family corporations, where the 4-H members’ name appears as a holder of stock in the corporation, and proof of same must be supplied on or before the enrollment date, g.) Family partnership where the 4-H members father, mother, brother, sister aunt, uncle, grandparent, and/or legal guardian is also in the family partnership and the 4-H member’s name appears on the legal, notarized partnership. A copy of the written document must be in file with the Extension Office before the ID deadline.

       22. To exhibit at the county and state fair 4-H members showing beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine, must be
            certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The purpose of this program: Youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal
            agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors; Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care; 4-H members are contributing to a
            safe, wholesome food supply. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. More information about this program
            will be provided from the Extension Office.  

                 Royal Showmanship                            Supreme Showmanship    
                 Monday, July 19, 2021                        Monday, July 19, 2021
                 3:00 p.m.                                          7:00 p.m.    



(For specifics, see each specie’s project description in the handbook)


Entry deadline—Noon, Saturday, July 17, 2021


Entry deadline for State Fair (for most species) is June 1, 2021. Refer to each animal project information for more specific state fair details pertaining to that specie. All animals exhibited at the 4-H Fair must meet Board of Animal Health (BOAH) requirements. 


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