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2005 O'Brien County Fair Handbook

General Livestock Rules

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1. Only livestock projects, which have been enrolled by the exhibitor and listed by the exhibitor on a Livestock Identification Report Form filed in the County Extension Office on or before May 16, 2005 will be allowed to exhibit. These include (Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves, Bottle/Bucket Calves, Dairy, Sheep, Swine and Horse) No late ID's will be accepted. Rabbits must be listed on the ID form at the time of tattooing Saturday, June 4, 2005. Pets are the exception; exhibitors must be enrolled in the project by May 1.

2. All 4-H'ers and FFA exhibitors are expected to bring sufficient bedding and feed to take care of his/her livestock throughout the fair.

3. All beef, market pig, and market lamb projects should be checked in and weighed by specified times. The superintendent in charge should record weights and other information.

4. Only blue ribbon winners are eligible for championship. The judge will make placing according to merit; blue ribbons need not necessarily be presented in each class.

5. Exhibitors must keep public alleyways open and free from litter, equipment and excessive water, to allow the public to view livestock exhibits.

6. It is mandatory that all 4-H/FFA members must clean inside and outside their own pens to the alleyway after the livestock sale or no premium money will be awarded.

7. Families wanting outside pens for beef tie-ups must deposit $20.00 at entry time, which will be returned after pens are cleaned out on Thursday, July 28th. These pens must be cleaned by 1:00. Cleaning of these pens can be done before or after the sale, but not during. If this rule is not followed, deposits will be forfeited. Outside pen assignments will be determined by fair entry order and beef superintendents.

8. Exhibitor numbers will be used.

9. All 4-H/FFA livestock must be owned by exhibitors or in partnership with parent or legal guardian. Registration papers and animals should be presented to the superintendent upon request.

If an ear tag is lost from an animal it is your responsibility to report it to the

Extension Office immediately. A superintendent or Extension Staff

10. If an ear tag is lost from an animal it is your responsibility to report it to the Extension Office immediately. A superintendent or Extension Staff member will come to your place and retag the animal. The cost of the tag will be the exhibitor's expense.


11. Livestock Building Safety Rules:

* All fans & electric cords are to be securely fastened and out of animals' reach.

* All moving parts of fans and equipment are to be shielded.

* All electric cords and equipment are to be free of defects and in good working order.

* All alleyways are to be free of obstructions AT ALL TIMES!

If superintendents see any violation(s) of above rules the item(s) will be removed.

12. All exhibitors are requested to wear a 4-H/FFA T-shirt while exhibiting.

13. All animals presented for exhibition at the Fair shall be subject to daily inspection during the fair. Should any animal be found to be affected with any contagious, infectious or communicable disease, it shall be immediately removed upon approval of superintendent and veterinarian.

14. No drug of any kind may be administered to any animal while housed at the fairgrounds.

15. An animal will be disqualified from exhibition if the animal's confirmation (body shape) has been altered in any way to change the appearance of the animal; also included are diuretics before and after weighing or falsifying the age.

16. Any exhibitor with animals requiring medical attention for any reason will go through the following steps:

A. Notify superintendent of the department.

B. Superintendent will contact the Fair veterinarian to inspect the animal in question.

C. Upon diagnosis, a licensed veterinarian will determine if treatment is necessary. If treatment is necessary the owner's veterinarian will be notified to treat the animal unless owner requests Fair veterinarian to treat the animal.

D. Animals requiring treatment will be removed from fair, if deemed necessary. If an animal is requested to be removed from the Fair by the superintendent, it must be done so immediately.

17. Livestock must remain in place until posted release time of the fair. Any one removing livestock before release time without consent of superintendent will lose all premiums awarded.

18. All exhibitors must abide by the Code of Show Ring Ethics, as printed in these Rules and Regulations.

19. Refer to "PENALTIES" in regards to penalties and sanctions for violations of any of the rules listed in this area.


1. All premiums and awards earned by an exhibitor will be forfeited if the exhibitor's entries, or any part of the entries, are removed before the designated check out time. This applies to any entries left after designated checkout time.

2. In regards to violations in livestock departments the following penalties shall be placed upon the exhibitor.

A. Any violation shall result in immediate disqualification of the animal(s) from the department that the violation occurred in and forfeiture of all premiums and awards earned, and disqualification from the auction. Violations for this penalty shall include, but not limited to:

i. Intervention of judging by family and/or friends.

ii. Changing stall assignments without consent of the department superintendent and/or Fair office.

iii. Failure to care, feed and water animal(s).

iv. The grooming of animals by parties other than the exhibitor and his/her family include the following statements:

1. Any O'Brien County 4-H/FFA members may help each other on the day of the livestock show.

2. Any O'Brien County 4-H/FFA leader may assist members with their livestock project on the day of show

3. Any O'Brien County 4-H/FFA families that are showing in the 2005 livestock shows may assist each other on the day of the show.

v. Failure to comply with direction of, or intervention with the duties of, the department superintendent.

vi. The animal(s) have been found to be entered in, or shown at, another 4-H and/or FFA achievement show or fair.

vii. Other violations as determined by the superintendent and/or Fair Office.

viii. Should the exhibitor violate another rule the following year that the exhibitor has been disqualified due to any of the previously mentioned rules; the exhibitor shall be in "serious violation" of the rules and section "B" shall apply.

B. If a serious violation of the rules is found, the following shall be sanctioned upon the exhibitor, and the exhibitor's family if they are deemed involved with the violation.

i. The exhibitor and the family shall be barred from exhibiting in all livestock departments at the O'Brien County Fair and the Iowa State Fair for the current year and next calendar year.

ii. The exhibitor and family shall be barred from exhibiting in the livestock department that the violation occurred at the O'Brien County Fair


and the Iowa State Fair for the current year

and the next two calendar years.

iii. The exhibitor, and the exhibitor's family, shall be placed on probation for the remainder of their years eligible to exhibit. Any further violation of the rules and regulations of the Fair shall permanently bar the exhibitor, and the exhibitor's family if they are deemed involved with the violation, from exhibiting at the O'Brien County Fair and the Iowa State Fair.

iv. In the case of a serious violation of these rules, the name of the exhibitor and family, and the particulars of the violation(s) shall be forwarded to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions to be placed in a file that could prevent exhibition at livestock shows in the United States and Canada. Refer to the Show Ring Code of Ethics.

v. Serious violations shall include, but not limited to:

1. Altering the confirmation of an animal by artificial means.

2. Administering illegal drugs, or drugs that are not prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.

3. Falsifying records in regards to ownership, age or any facts thereto.

4. Misrepresenting an exhibit, such as switching an animal(s) after they have been officially weighed in or otherwise entered.

5. Other violations as determined by the superintendent and/or Fair Office.


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