District and Preview Beef ShowsGeneral Rules & Regulations
1. These shows are open to regularly enrolled Kentucky 4-H and FFA members engaged in an approved beef project. All entries must be under the supervision of the extension agent or vocational agriculture instructor.
2. All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current calendar year. January 1 through December 31.
3.All animals must be shown by youth, and all adults shall remain outside the show ring. Each exhibitor must show his/her animal unless incapacitated or has more than one entry in the class, then another youth may show the animal. The rules committee must approve any exhibitor changes prior to the show. Exhibitors must be present during the show.
4. All Market Steers and Market Heifers must be KUIP tagged by March 31.
5. Eligible Breeds/Breed Classifications: To qualify for a breed show, there must be a minimum of eight head. Less than eight head will show in a purebred AOB Division.
A. Purebred AOB - Any animal issued a full blood or purebred registration certificate in a breed with less than 8 head the day of the Preview or District Show will compete in a purebred AOB Division.
B. Percentage AOB - Any animal that does not meet the percentage requirement issued by each national breed association, but has a percentage breed registrations certificate, will be shown in the percentage AOB division. To qualify for a breed show, there must be a minimum of 8 head. The percentage AOB division will include, but is not limited to: Chianina with less than 6.25% Chianina, Balancer, Percentage Simmental, Mainetainer, Composite Charolais, Optimizer, and Appendix Shorthorn. LimFlex will show with Limousin.
C. Commercial Division - Commercial Heifers only. Animals must not have been issued a registration paper.
6. All entries must be halter broken. Any animal that the show committee considers to be a hazard to exhibitors, spectators, etc. will be excused from the show and will be ineligible for class placement and premiums.
7. Exhibitors are expected to treat their animals in a manner consistent with good animal husbandry and display proper sportsmanship at all times.
8. The use of dyes or other coloring agents to camouflage the natural coloring of an animal is prohibited. Use of false tail heads or switches will be prohibited.
9. Each show will appoint a rules committee to interpret and enforce any and all rules. This committee will be made up of the following representatives: 4-H, FFA, Show Chairperson, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
10. Rules and regulations of district show committees must conform to the General Rules. Individual district committees can, and may, have more restrictive regulations. Exhibitors should contact their 4-H agent, vo-ag instructor or the Division of Show and Fair Promotion for any additional information prior to arrival at the show.
11. 4-H & FFA: Adult/youth partnerships are acceptable for breeding animals and market animals providing each partner’s full name is on the registration certificate. Animals registered in a farm only are not allowed.
12. An exhibitor violating any of the regulations may be denied the opportunity to participate in the event and/or forfeit all premiums won. Any violation of the rules shall be reported to a representative of Show and Fair Promotion who, in turn, shall inform the appropriate youth agency. Said violation of the rules may, at the discretion of the youth agency, result in a suspension from showing.
13. All times and dates were correct at time of printing. They are subject to change or rescheduling due to weather.
14. Due to limited stalling space, exhibitors are requested to conserve space. Exhibitors may be required to move animals, tack or blocking chutes to accommodate others. Local committees may refuse reserve stalling requests.
15. A Purebred cow with a percentage calf will be classed within the breed of the cow.
General Health Requirements
1. All Kentucky origin livestock must meet the exhibition requirements in 302 KAR 20:065, as listed below. For additional or updated information, contact the Office of the State Veterinarian at (502) 573-0282, option 3 or visit the website at: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/302/020/065.htm.
2. Kentucky is classified as a Brucellosis and Tuberculosis free state; therefore, no Brucellosis or Tuberculosis test is required.
3. Livestock exhibiting signs of any infectious, contagious or communicable disease such as, but not limited to, warts, ringworm, pinkeye or foot rot are not eligible for exhibition. All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current calendar year. January 1 through December 31. For more information click here.
2017 Preview Heifer/Market Animals/Bull ShowsTo be eligible to compete at the Kentucky State Fair, all 4-H/FFA beef market animals must compete in at least one Preview Show, District Show or Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture between the dates of March 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017. 4-H/FFA market steers or heifers that have not competed in one of these shows will not be eligible to show at the Kentucky State Fair.
Dates & Locations
March 18 - Green River Preview Show
Ohio County Fairgrounds, Hartford
8 - 10 a.m. CDT Weigh-In
11 a.m. CDT Show
April 1 - Ohio Valley Preview Show
Meade County Fairgrounds, Brandenburg
8 - 10 a.m. EDT Weigh-In
11 a.m. EDT Show
April 8 - Germantown Preview Show
Germantown Fairgrounds, Germantown
9 - 11 a.m. EDT Weigh-In
12 p.m. EDT Show
April 15 - Lincoln Trail Preview Show
Nelson County Fairgrounds, Bardstown
8 - 10 a.m. EDT Weigh-In
11 a.m. EDT Show
April 22 - Licking River Preview Show
(Blue & Gold Jackpot Show will begin following the KDA Preview Show.)
Morehead State University, Morehead
6:30 - 8:00 a.m. EDT Weigh-In
9:00 a.m. EDT Show
- Market animals showing prior too March 31 must be KUIP tagged prior to the show they are attending.
- Beef heifers born between September 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.
- Bred and owned bulls born between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
- Bulls 6 months of age and older must have a Bull Lead or Nose Ring.
- Cow/Calf pairs are eligible at Preview Shows. See section below in District Show rules.
Green River, Lincoln Trail, Germantown, Licking River, Ohio Valley, and Bluegrass shows
Preview Heifer/Market Animals/Bull Show Rules
1. All General Rules apply where applicable.
2. An exhibitor may show a total of six head, with a maximum of three market animals per exhibitor.
3. Classes will be offered for registered and commercial heifers and for registered bred-and-owned bulls. Commercial heifers must be permanently identified with verification of ownership and birth date of the animal confirmed by the 4-H agent or vo-ag instructor on the appropriate form. Registration papers from a recognized breed association are required to show in breed classes. Registered animals must be permanently identified per breed association requirements.
4. Ownership of animals by the exhibitor is required. Market animals shall be owned and under continual care of the exhibitor by March 31. Heifers shall be owned prior to the show. All heifers owned in partnership must conform to exhibitor's organization requirements.
5. If there is a question concerning ownership of an animal, official registration papers are the preferred documents of record. In the event they are not available, a copy of the animal's registration, along with an application for transfer, a bill of sale, or other appropriate documents may be accepted.
6. Market animals will be broken by weight to determine class breaks. No bulls or bullocks will be eligible for market animal classes.
7. No re-weigh will be permitted. We encourage 4-H and FFA members to have their vo-ag teachers or 4-H agents present when the steer is being weighed. An exhibitor shall have the right to challenge the weight of the steer, remove the steer from the scales, have the weighman balance the scales, then reweigh his/her steer before another steer is weighed. The steer cannot leave the immediate area of the scales before being re-weighed.
8. Cow/Calf Classes are eligible at Preview Shows. See section below in District Show Rules.
* Preview shows WILL qualify beef market animals for the Kentucky State Fair.
Market Animal Division
To be eligible to compete at the Kentucky State Fair, all 4-H/FFA beef market animals must compete in at least one Preview Show, District Show or Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture between the dates of March 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017. 4-H/FFA market steers or heifers that have not competed in one of these shows will not be eligible to show at the Kentucky State Fair.
1. All General Rules apply where applicable.
2. Individual class breaks for market animals will be made by the local rules committee. Weights will be used to break classes. No bulls or bullocks will be eligible for market animal classes.
3. Individual exhibitors will be permitted to nominate five animals; however, they may show a maximum of five animals in any district event covered by these regulations.
4. No re-weighs will be permitted. We encourage 4-H and FFA members to have their vo-ag teacher or 4-H agent present when the animal is being weighed. An exhibitor shall have the right to challenge the weight of the animal, remove the animal from the scales, have the weighman balance the scales, then re-weigh their animal before another animal is weighed. The market animal cannot leave the immediate area of the scales before being re-weighed.
5. Market animals may be exhibited in any Preview Shows, District Shows, and Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos.
6. Any market animal offered for sale through a bona fide 4-H or FFA steer show prior to the district show is not eligible for entry.
7. Animals with horns are not eligible to show.
8. There will be no weight limit for market animals.
9. MARKET STEERS - Steer breed classes have been added to all beef market amimal shows at the KDA Previews, Districts, and Junior Livestock Expos. All of these steers must follow the guidelines set forth for all steers and must be KUIP tagged. The breed steers must have a registration certificate issued by a breed association. The ownership deadline is March 31, 2017. Breed classes will be offered for breeds with more than 2 head. If there are less than 2 head, those breed steers will show in an AOB class. a Cross-bred steer class will continue to be offered for steers without a registration certificate.
Market Heifer Division
1. In terms of validation, market heifers will be treated just like market steers (i.e., they must attend a validation site, be KUIP tagged and have DNA samples collected). All validation guidelines, including rules for co-tagging apply to market heifers.
2. Validation deadline for market heifers is March 31st (like the market steers).
3. Heifers at KDA shows will be exhibited by weight. A Champion and Reserve Champion Market Heifer will be selected. The heifer winners will compete against steer division winners for grand and reserve champion market animal.
4. Market Heifers must be open.
2017 District Beef Shows
April 29 - Bluegrass District Show
Nicholas County Fairgrounds, Carlisle
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. EST Weigh-In
10:00 a.m. EST Show
May 13 - Lincoln Trail District Show
Registration 8-10 a.m. EDT - Nelson County Fairgrounds, Bardstown
Show 11:00 a.m. EDT
May 20 - Northern Kentucky District Show
Registration 9:00-11:00 a.m. EDT- Henry County Fairgrounds, New Castle
Show 12:00 p.m. EDT
June 17 - Central Kentucky District Show
Registration 7:30-9:00 a.m. EDT - Clark County Fairgrounds, Winchester
Show 10:00 a.m. EDT
July 11 - Southern Kentucky District Show
Registration 8:00-9:00 a.m. CDT - Hart County Fairgrounds
Show 9:30a.m. CDT
Blugrass, Lincoln Trail, Northern Ky., Central Ky., Southern Ky.
1. Individual class breaks will be determined after all animals are checked in at the show. Heifers born Sept. 1, 2015 - April 30, 2017 are eligible.
2. Cow/Calf Class - There will be a separate Cow/Calf champion and reserve selected for each breed. There will be a supreme champion and reserve Cow/Calf selected for each show. Calf must show with cow. Calves cannot be older than 250 days of age on show date. Calves may be split off the cow and shown in separate classes. If calf is shown separately, it must be nominated on the form. It will count as a separate entry other than the Cow/Calf entry.
3. Bred and owned bulls born January 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 are eligible to show. Bulls 6 months of age and older must have a Bull Lead or Nose Ring.
2017 KY Junior Cattlemen's/KY Department of Ag. Fall Classic
October 6-8 - Fall Classic Junior Show
Morehead State University Farm, Morehead
7:00am-8:30am CT - check-in
9:30am CT - show time
For complete Fall Classic schedule, click here.
Eligible Animals - Fall Classic Junior Show
Same rules and requirements as District shows with the following exceptions:
1. No nominations.
2. Exhibitor may show a total of six head.
3. Eligible ages: Heifers born September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. Bred and owned bulls born
January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
4. Ownership deadline for Fall Classic shows is September 1, 2017.
5. Market animals are not eligible for this show.
6. There will be a showmanship division
7. No Bred & Owned Division.
8. Cow/Calf Classes will be eligible. See above Cow/Calf section
District Youth Beef Show Rules
Entries should be sent to:
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Attn: Evan Davis
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
2. All animals must be registered in order to show in the registered division of the show. Entries must be owned by exhibitor by June 1 of the current show year and positively identified per breed association requirements.
3. The number of entries an exhibitor may show is ten. EXCEPTION: No more than five market animals.
4. All exhibitors and animals are eligible to participate in as many Preview, District, and Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos as they wish.
5. No animal will be allowed to show more than once except for championship drive, bred and owned, or cow-calf classes.
6. Individual breeds may provide special awards.
7. "Bred and Owned" definition: The owner of a "bred and owned" animal is the person owning the dam of an animal at the time of that animal's conception and listed as breeder on the original registration certificate.
8. Only registered Bred-and-Owned Bull classes will be offered.
Commercial Heifer Division
1. A commercial heifer division will be offered at each district show. All commercial heifers exhibited must be the bona fide property of the exhibitor and be a part of the exhibitor's breeding program. Verification of ownership must be made by the 4-H agent or vo-ag instructor and must be included with the entry forms.
2. All animals must be permanently identified by legible tattoo or brand and be in the possession of the exhibitor by June 1 of the show year.
3. Commercial animals can be exhibited in the commercial division only.
4. Classes will be broken by weight.
5. Any heifer that has been issued a registration certificate by a purebred breed association is not eligible to show in the commercial division.
District Youth Showmanship Rules
1. A showmanship contest will be provided. Division and age breaks are as follows:
- Division I: 9-11
- Division II: 12-13
- Division III: 14-16
- Division IV: 17 and above. All ages are as of January 1 of the current show year.
2. The showmanship contest will be held at the beginning of each District Show.
3. The Department of Agriculture will provide awards.
4. Each exhibitor must show his/her own animal.
5. The local committee has the right to break classes into smaller classes if the need arises.
Premium Scale For Beef AnimalsThese premiums have been adjusted accordingly and could change due to available funding.
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- Beef District Rules, Regulations, and Shows
- County Fair Beef Shows (pdf)
- KDA Shows and Events Calendar (pdf)
- Market Heifer and Market Steer Validation Site Calendar (pdf)
- Youth Livestock Camps (pdf)