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2005 O'Brien County Fair Handbook

Sheep

For currency and completeness, visit O'Brien County Extension.

Sheep Department

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Superintendents: Harold and Sharon Stamer, Lynnette Soden, Glenn Grooters, Dudley McDowell, Jeremy Rohwer

Judge: Bob Fritz, Pipestone, Mn.

ALL SHEEP MUST BE PENNED IN THE ASSIGNED AREA!

*All Market Sheep Will Be Weighed & Tagged On

May 14, 2005 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

*Sheep may be sheared on JUNE 11, 2005 from 8-10 a.m. at the fairgrounds, or you may shear them at home the week of June 4-11. Any lamb obviously shorn AFTER June 11th will be disqualified!

*If you will be shearing at the fairgrounds, you must let the superintendents know at weigh-in on May 14th and pay a deposit of $2.00 per head. Balance will be due at shearing.

*Fair weigh-ins to determine classes will be held Sunday, July 24th. Lambs must be in place at 4:00 p.m.

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****All ewe lambs and rams must have official Scrapie tags.

****Health papers will be required not more than one week before the fair.

Market Lambs

1. An exhibitor may exhibit five (5) individual market lambs.

2. All lambs must be ear tagged with approved 4-H tags and weighed on

May 14, 2005.

3. No blocking, clipping or trimming will be allowed. All lamb grooming must be done in the sheep barn.

4. All Market Lambs will be weighed to determine classes on July 24, 2005.

Market lambs weighing less than 110 pounds at weigh-in will not be allowed to sell.

5. Commercial Ewes must be identified and a list presented to the superintendents at the time of weigh-in on July 24th.

6. Market lambs must gain one half (1/2) pound per day or more from beginning weight to fair weigh-in to be eligible for a blue ribbon.

7. Buck lambs or wether lambs with incomplete castrations are not eligible to show and must be removed from the fair grounds.

8. Class champion and reserve champions will compete for Grand and Reserve Grand Champion honors (Individual).

Advanced Lamb Feeding Project

Objectives:

1. To teach accepted management practices of a feeder lamb project. (Ration formulation, health practices, etc.)

2. To teach purchasing and marketing of lambs.

3. To teach the economics of lamb feeding.

Requirements

1. Weigh-in five (5) head of market ewes or wethers on May 14, 2005. Individual lamb weights will be used.

2. All market lambs must be ear tagged with 4-H tags at weigh-in.

3. The sheep superintendent will determine beginning purchase price by contacting several buyers on the date of weigh-in.

4. Feed records must be sent in every two- (2) weeks.

5. Uniform feedstuff prices will be used for all projects. Commercial feeds will be your actual price paid.

6. 4-H/FFA members may feed all lambs in the same pen, but report only the advanced lambs feed.

7. The project will be evaluated on the number of head weighed-in.

8. If an animal dies or has veterinary approval NOT to exhibit due to health complications beyond the exhibitor's control, the project can be completed and will be eligible for premiums based on total project records.

9. Lambs must be sheared the week of June 4-11, 2005, either on the farm or at the fairgrounds on June 11th. A deposit will be required to have your lambs sheared at the fairgrounds.

10. An advanced lamb-feeding project must be exhibited at the county fair to be eligible for premiums.

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11. Animals identified for the Advanced Lamb Pen project can be shown in the Advanced Lamb pen class only.

12. Premiums will be awarded on the following basis: economy of gain (25 pts.), return per dollar invested (30 pts.), records (25 pts.), and daily gain (20 pts.).

13. Premiums: Blue - $30.00, Red - $20.00, White - $10.00.

14. For specific rules & guidelines, contact the Extension Office.

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Breeding Sheep

1. An exhibitor may enter a maximum of five (5)-breeding sheep.

2. Breeding sheep will not sell through the auction

3. All health requirements must be met.

Purebred Sheep

1. Rams and ewes must be purebred and registration papers must be presented at check in.

2. Breeds will show separately.

3. Only one ram will be allowed per pen.

4. Association tags or family ear tags are an acceptable means of identification: birth date, ear tag number and/or registry number of each purebred must be given on the entry form and correspond with information on livestock ID forms.

5. Animals will be divided into classes based on actual date of birth.

6. Purebred animals can be shown with any length of wool.

7. All health requirements must be met.

Home Raised/Commercial Ewes

The purpose of this division is to encourage exhibitors to establish superior crossbred ewe flocks taking advantage of hybrid vigor inherent in crossbred ewes.

1. All commercial ewes must be tagged with approved 4-H tags by May 14, 2005.

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2. Entries are open to ewe lambs born on or after Jan 1. Birthdate of current year, breed, birth type (single, twin, triple) must be given on the entry form.

3. Lambs shown in the commercial ewe classes may not be shown in the market classes.

4. Exhibitors may summer shear lambs and should feed for maximum growth (not fattening) to encourage early sexual maturity.

5. Animals will be divided into classes based on actual date of birth. Entries without actual corresponding dates on both entry information and I.D. forms will be placed in the oldest class.

Purchased Commercial Ewes

1. All purchased commercial ewes must be tagged with approved 4-H/FFA tags by May 14, 2005.

2. Entries are open to ewe lambs born on or after January 1. Birth date of current year, breed, birth type (single, twin, triple) must be given on entry forms.

3. Lambs shown in the purchased commercial ewe classes may not be shown in the market classes.

4. Exhibitors may summer shear lambs and should feed for a maximum growth (not fattening) to encourage early sexual maturity.

5. The superintendents will determine classes.

6. All health requirements must be met.

Sheep Showmanship

Sheep showmanship will be divided into three classes according to grades in school during the 2004-2005 school year. Junior - 4-6th grades; Intermediate - 7-9th grade; and Senior - 10-12th grade. A top showman will be selected from the three class winners.

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