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District Dairy Shows

4-H and FFA exhibitors may show at 6 District Shows.







2016 Show Dates & Locations

June 4 (Saturday) Harrodsburg - Mercer County Fairgrounds 9:30 a.m. (EDT)  Cows show first
June 9 (Thursday) Shelbyville - Shelby County Fairgrounds 9:00 a.m. (EDT) Cows show first
June 11 (Saturday) Edmonton - Metcalfe County Fairgrounds 9:00 a.m.  (CDT)
July 2 (Saturday) Liberty - Casey County
Agricultural Expo Center
9:00 a.m. (EDT)
July 14 (Thursday) Horse Cave (Southern Ky) - *Burley Fields Livestock Center 9:30 a.m. (CDT)
July 20 (Wednesday) Tollesboro - Tollesboro Lyons Club Fairgrounds 2:00 p.m.  (EDT)

  *Burley Fields Livestock Center, 709 Oil Field Rd., Horse Cave, KY 42749

  All entries must be in place on the grounds one hour prior to each show

Committee Chairpersons


Phone (270) 524-2451


Amy Branstetter

Brandon Bell

Phone (270) 432-3561

LIBERTY  Will Stallard
 Megan Klee

Phone (606) 787-7384


Linda McClanahan

Phone (859) 734-4378

TOLLESBORO Phillip Konopka Phone (606) 796-2732

Regina Browning

Corinne Belton

Phone (502) 633-4593

District Dairy Show Entry Form

Send all Entries both 4-H and FFA to:
The Division of Show and Fair Promotion
ATTN: Ethan Berry
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

Grand Champion awards for each breed are compliments of:

Kentucky Ayrshire Cattle Club
Kentucky Brown Swiss Breeders' Association
Kentucky Guernsey Breeders' Association
Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club
Kentucky Jersey Cattle Club
Kentucky Milking Shorthorn Breeders' Association
Kentucky Department of Agriculture - Red & White and Crossbred Divisions

Objectives for District Dairy Shows

District 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America Dairy Shows have proven very helpful in stimulating interest in dairying and promoting and advancing of our rural youth. Many boys and girls acquire good livestock skills as part of these educational programs conducted by agricultural extension agents or vocational agriculture instructors.

Careful consideration should be given to selection of dairy animals for 4-H and FFA programs. Frequently they are the foundation for future herds. For that reason, and to provide the best training possible, FFA and 4-H members should be guided in the selection of animals that possess the quality and heritage for profitable dairying.

District Dairy Shows are sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and cooperating agencies for FFA and 4-H members only.

They are to supplement the regular 4-H and FFA training programs by providing an excellent situation for youth to see good dairy cattle; learn improved dairy practices; gain experience in training, grooming and showing their animals; better evaluate their production practices; and become more inspired to make progress in the dairy business.

General Rules

1. All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current calendar year. January 1st through December 31st. See health requirements for more information.

2.These General Rules and Regulations for district dairy shows have been adopted by representatives of both 4-H and FFA organizations and approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

3. Local Rules and Regulations for District Shows must conform to these General Rules.

4. Entries in these shows are restricted to 4-H Club members and FFA members.  All 4-H and FFA exhibitors must be members in good standing within their local 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, and have met all necessary requirements prior to June 1st. 

A. All 4-H exhibitors must have completed six (6) hours of educational training under the coordination of the local Certified Volunteer Leader prior to June 1st.
The supervising Cooperative Extension Service Agent must sign the entry form before the entry is mailed.

B. All FFA exhibitors must be a bona fide FFA member in good standing within their local FFA Chapter.
The supervising Vocational Agriculture Teacher must sign the entry form before the entry is mailed.

All entries are to be made ten (10) days prior to the show, but exhibitors will be allowed to substitute animals on show day if they have pre-entered. Exceptions to this shall be presented to the local rules committee on the day of the show. SEND ALL ENTRIES BOTH 4-H AND FFA TO

5. All registered animals must be registered in the names of the 4-H Club members or FFA members exhibiting them and their registration papers shown to the superintendent of the show. The transfer of registration or date of ownership, as prescribed by particular breed associations, must be recorded in breed office prior to June 1 of the current year. If the registration certificates have not been received from the breed association, a statement from the association that the transfer has been recorded prior to June 1 will be acceptable.

6. "Non-ownership" project animals will be permitted to exhibit in these shows. Contact the local 4-H agent or Vo-Ag instructor for more details.

7. All grade animals shown must be the bona fide property of the 4-H Club members or FFA members and part of the member's program. Certificates of ownership of grade animals must be shown on approved forms and presented at the time of checking in animals. These forms are to be completed by June 1st.

8. Registered and grade animals will be shown in competition with each other within their respective breed classes.

9. No 4-H Club or FFA member will be permitted to show more than six animals.

10. 4-H Club member or FFA member is eligible to show in all six of the district shows.

11. All animals must be shown by the 4-H or FFA exhibitor unless the exhibitor is incapacitated (to deprive of strength or ability: Disabled) or has more than one entry in a class, then the exhibitor may have another youth of 4-H or FFA age exhibit his/her animal.

12. Only female animals will be eligible to show.

13. Each show shall have a showmanship contest.

14. Each exhibitor in the showmanship contest will show his/her own animal. In case of partnership animals, the exhibitor who shows or will show in regular breed classes is the only person eligible to show that animal in the showmanship classes.

15. Judges for the shows will be suggested by each show committee.

16. The Kentucky Department of Treasury will mail checks directly to exhibitors.

17. Any exhibitor violating any of the above regulations will forfeit all premiums won.

18. Crossbred Division has been added to the District and Expo shows. Any animal not 100% pure blood will fall into the Crossbred Division (Ex. Holstein X Jersey ) Please not that this does NOT pertain to Grade animals (as they are 100% pure blood, just not recognized by a breed association, and will show within their respective breed). The Crossbred Division will be their own division and participate as the other breeds do.

19.Animals wanting to show in the Red & White breed must have Red & White registration papers to show in the Red & White Division.

Premium Scale For Dairy Animals

For 2016 Dairy animals will be paid based on the Danish System.
BLUE 25 15
RED 20 10
WHITE 15 5


Show Order & Classification of Entries

BREEDS: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Red & White, and Crossbreds.

1. Junior Calf Born March 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016
2. Intermediate Calf Born December 1, 2015 - February 28, 2016
3. Senior Calf Born September 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015
4. Summer Yearling Born June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015
5. Junior Yearling Born March 1, 2015 - May 31, 2015
6. Intermediate Yearling Born December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015
7. Senior Yearling Born September 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014
8. Cow - 2 Years Old Born September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2014
9. Cow - 3 Years Old Born September 1, 2012- August 31, 2013
10. Cow - 4 Years Old Born September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012
11. Aged Cow Born before September 1, 2011


Health Requirements for all Dairy Shows

1. Brucellosis - No test required.
2. Tuberculosis - No test required.
3. Other Disease Requirements. Cattle infected with warts, ringworm, pink eye or any infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases are not eligible for entry or show. All KY origin animals for exhibition shall be individually identified on a certificate of veterinary inspection written within the current calendar year: January 1st through December 31st. For More information click here.

Rules Governing Showmanship Awards

All District Dairy Shows must have division (by youth's age) showmanship classes with a maximum of four divisions and a minimum of two divisions; division breaks will be determined by each local committee. Awards will be provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Each show will have a Supreme Showmanship Contest and the participants will be the Division Winners. An award for the Supreme Showman will be furnished by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Each exhibitor in the showmanship contest will show his or her own animal. In case of partnership animals, the exhibitor who shows or will show in regular breed classes is the only person eligible to show that animal in the showmanship class.

Uniform Scorecard for judging Fitting and Showmanship Contests

click here for the PDCA Showmanship Scorecard

Additional Events  For 2016

April 7-9 Kentucky National Dairy Shows & Sales Pavilion/New Market Hall Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville
April 30 4-H Cow Camp   Taylor County



May 14 Dairy U: "Show Like a Pro" Dairy Clinic & Contest   Burley Fields Livestock Center

Horse Cave

June 13-14 Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo - East Derrickson Agricultural Complex Morehead State University Morehead
June TBA State FFA Convention   Lexington Convention Center



TBA State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest University of Kentucky Dairy Unit University of Kentucky TBA
June 24-25 Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo - Western Rivers William "Bill" Cherry Agricultural Expo Center Murray State University Murray



Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo L.D. Brown Exposition Center Western Kentucky University Bowling Green
August Kentucky State Fair All of Fairgrounds Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville
TBA Ky Youth Livestock Points Program Banquet Banquet Room TBA TBA
November North American International Livestock Exposition All of Fairgrounds Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville