October 2020- 4-H Animal Lines
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Dates to Remember
December 1: Ownership and entry/nomination deadline on hogs, beef breeding, commercial beef heifers, dairy cattle, commercial meat goat does & dairy goats for 2021 District & Junior Round-Up Shows
December 4: Entries for Premier Exhibitor Contest & applications for Dixie National Sale of Junior Champion Scholarships MUST BE POSTMARKED
January 15-16: NW District Livestock Show, Batesville
January 22-23: NE District Livestock Show, Verona
January 28-30: SE District Livestock Show, Hattiesburg
February 1-3: Delta District Livestock Show, Greenwood
January 28-31: SW District Livestock Show, Jackson
February 3: SW District Livestock Show, Jackson
February 4-11: Dixie National Junior Round-Up, Jackson
OFFICIAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE – REMINDER
An Official Health Certificate with each animal identified will be required on all livestock showing at the 2021 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. This includes all market animals, beef breeding cattle, commercial beef heifers, dairy cattle (purebred and commercial dairy heifers/cows), dairy goats, wether dams, commercial gilts, and commercial meat goat does. Because the market shows are non-terminal, all market animals must be accompanied with an official health certificate obtained from a veterinarian.
ANIMAL HEALTH RECORDS/WORKBOOKS
Exhibitors are required to turn in a completed health record form and workbook for each animal to be shown that lists all medications and treatments received within 60 days prior to the show. Extension agents and vocational education teachers – be sure to distribute these health record forms early so exhibitors can keep track of their livestock treatments.
PURCHASING PROJECT ANIMALS FOR SPRING SHOWS
Spring shows will be here soon. Now is a good time to run a final survey of your 4-H’ers to determine if additional purchases are needed and to be locating them. The only ownership deadlines that have passed are for market steers, market lambs and market goats. You have until December 1 to purchase your market hogs, beef breeding animals, commercial beef heifers, dairy cattle, wether dams, commercial gilts, commercial meat goat does and dairy goats. December 1 is also the entry deadline for these livestock.
CATTLE REGISTRATION PAPERS FOR JUNIOR SHOWS
Double check registration papers on breeding beef and purebred dairy to be sure they are in proper order. Now is the time to correct any problems. Remember that papers must be in the exhibitor’s name only. Farm names or joint ownership with adults are not acceptable. DON’T ASSUME THAT EVERYTHING IS RIGHT – CHECK!! Papers may be in multiple siblings’ names provided they are all 18 years of age or younger.
ENTRIES FOR DISTRICT & ROUND-UP SHOWS
Now is the time to be getting your entries in order. All entries must be turned in to the Extension office by December 1, 2020. All original nomination forms must be sent to the ADS Office along with a printout of all entries with the signature of the person in your county with 4-H Livestock responsibilities verifying that all entries are complete and accurate.
REMINDER: 4-H/FFA MEMBERS MUST BE ETHICS CERTIFIED TO SHOW LIVESTOCK!!
The 2021 District and Dixie National Junior Round-Up livestock shows will be here soon and the Mississippi Livestock Quality Assurance training for NEW exhibitors should be completed by December 1, 2020. Any youth going from a junior (age 8-13) to a senior (age 14-18) will also need to be recertified as a senior. The training is available on the 4-H livestock website. Code of Conduct Forms can be requested from ADS.
EXHIBITOR’S AGE FOR DISTRICT LIVESTOCK SHOWS & DIXIE NATIONAL JUNIOR ROUND-UP
Remember that exhibitor’s age will be 8 –18 years of age as of January 1, 2021. Agents/Advisors have the responsibility to see that all exhibitors are of the proper age.
The only exception to the eligibility rule is for exhibitors who have not passed his/her 19th birthday before January 1st of the current year and are currently enrolled in high school are also eligible to show. For youth who meet this eligibility criteria, Agents/Advisors will not be able to submit these entries in the online entry system on the Extension Intranet. Instead, these entries need to be mailed to Dean Jousan and clearly marked that the exhibitor’s livestock entries need to be inserted manually. I will see that the entries are submitted once an offload of the entry data is received.
IMPORTANT RULES TO KEEP IN MIND
Animals with pending registration numbers after January 5, 2021, will not be allowed to show at the District and Dixie National Junior Round-Up Livestock Shows unless extenuating circumstances are presented in writing to the Rules Committee within 5 days of the deadline date. Animal registration information will be verified electronically before the shows. This means if you have exhibitors who nominate any registered animal (beef breeding; purebred dairy cattle; dairy goats) with a pending information number by December 1, the exhibitor must turn in completed registration information to you by January 5 in order to show at the District/DNJR. These animals must have a name and date of birth to be entered at the time of entry. You will then email the completed animal information to ADS using the same spreadsheet you used back in September.
This rule below pertains to some purebred dairy cattle exhibitors: A signed affidavit by the current owner, exhibitor, exhibitors’ parent or guardian and Extension Agent or FFA Advisor stipulating to the fact that the exhibitor is in possession and has ownership of the animal for the purposes of showing at any Mississippi Junior Dairy Show for the dates recorded on the affidavit. All other rules concerning possession, housing and care of the animal would still apply as per Mississippi show rules and regulations. A copy of the affidavit and registration certificate must be sent to the ADS by the ownership deadline of December 1. When junior dairy exhibitors show a purebred dairy animal using the affidavit, they should have the ORIGINAL affidavit and a copy of their dairy animal’s registration certificate in their possession.
HOGS SHOWING AT 2021 DISTRICT AND DIXIE NATIONAL JUNIOR ROUND-UP LIVESTOCK SHOWS
THE DEADLINE FOR ARRIVAL OF MARKET HOGS, MS BRED BARROWS, AND COMMERCIAL GILTS FOR THE 2021 DIXIE NATIONAL JUNIOR ROUND-UP IS 12 NOON ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4. THIS DEADLINE IS NEEDED TO START SWINE SHOWMANSHIP ON FRIDAY FOLLOWED BY THE COMMERCIAL GILT SHOW WITH THE MS BRED BARROW AND MARKET HOG SHOWS CONTINUING ON SATURDAY.
All market hogs, MS Bred Barrows, and commercial gilts for the 2021 District and Round-Up Shows must be nominated and ear tagged by the time of online entry. Below are the deadlines for market hogs and commercial gilts:
December 1, 2020 - Market hog, MS Bred Barrow, and commercial gilt ownership and entry deadline for 2021 District & Round-Up Shows
Nomination Process for Hogs- What you must submit for each hog nominated:
Mail individual nomination form for each hog to ADS Department. Each nomination form must be completed (P.O. Box address is not acceptable for physical location of an animal) and signed by the exhibitor, parent, and supervising Extension Agent or FFA Advisor.
Official ear tag number – each hog must be tagged with official ear tag for 2020 prior to nomination deadline.
Submit county entries through the Extension Intranet website (should be available by mid-November 2020).
Keep a hard copy of your entries for your files.
Let hog exhibitors know about these dates and double check with them to be sure your records are in order and that all market hogs are properly entered. Do not send us nomination forms after deadline date. Please do not wait until the last day to take care of this business.
Order form for hog tags and nomination forms for hogs were sent to you earlier. If you failed to get this material, please call my office. County Extension Agents or FFA Advisors must make nominations of hogs for exhibitors under their supervision.
Each hog must have an individually completed nomination form including breed information and signature of the exhibitor, parent, and Extension Agent/FFA Advisor.
MARKET STEERS, COMMERCIAL BEEF HEIFERS, COMMERCIAL DAIRY HEIFERS AND MARKET GOATS
Check with your 4-H’ers who are exhibiting market steers, commercial beef heifers, commercial dairy heifers and market goats about horns. All commercial beef heifers, steers and market goats showing at the District and Dixie National Junior Round-Up Shows must be polled or dehorned, with no scurs or regrowth to exceed 11⁄2 inches above the skin. All commercial dairy heifers must be dehorned. Now is the time to take off the horns or any regrowth to allow for proper healing. Horn length will be checked at all District Livestock Shows.
REMINDER ABOUT WEB APP TO CHECK-IN LIVESTOCK
At the 2020 Mississippi State Fair, we rolled out a new web app that is used to check-in all livestock instead of having to hand in weight cards and stand in line. The next two pages are an overview of how the app functions. We will make improvements to the app for the 2021 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Thanks to the MSU Extension CTO Team for making this happen.
The 2020 Mississippi State Fair junior livestock shows were outstanding and a showcase for the junior livestock program in Mississippi. Extension agents, FFA advisors, leaders, parents and exhibitors are to be commended on their fine cooperation and dedicated work put into this event to make it successful. Congratulations!
See PDF for all results.