Sheep

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Superintendent:  Kerry Elsen, Kearney


SHEEP GENERAL RULES

  1. General Rules - Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations apply to this department. It is strongly encouraged that all exhibitors read and understand the Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations and Livestock Health Requirements, which can be found at: http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/rules.
  2. Health Papers - All market lambs and breeding ewes must be accompanied by appropriate health certificates. Health certificates must be presented at check in. 
  3. Market Lamb Identification & DNA Requirements - All market lambs to be shown at State Fair must be tagged with an official 4-H/FFA issued EID tag, owned by the exhibitor and have the DNA collector envelope with hair sample submitted to their County Extension Office by June 15. Youth will have until August 10 to declare if they will show 4-H or FFA at State Fair. Youth who choose to exhibit their animal in the FFA show at State Fair will be ineligible to show that animal at the AKSARBEN show. All ewe (market and breeding) must have official USDA identification tag in place (part of the scrapie eradication program). This is in addition to the EID identification.
  4. Identification of Breeding Sheep - All breeding sheep must have a breeding nomination card on file at the county Extension office by June 15. All ewes (market and breeding) must have the USDA Official ID tag in place (part of the scrapie eradication program). The scrapie’s tag will serve as the 4-H identification number on the breeding nomination card. Youth have until August 1o to declare if they will show 4-H or FFA at State Fair. Youth who choose to exhibit their animal in the FFA show at State Fair will be ineligible to show that animal at the AKSARBEN show.
  5. Arrival Time - See master schedule at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/schedule for times and dates. 
  6. Number of Exhibits per Exhibitor - A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting four sheep maximum, if at least one is a breeding ewe. In no case will a 4-H member exhibit more than three market lambs. 
  7. Release of Sheep Exhibits - All breeding ewes and market lambs will be released according to the State Fair release schedule. 
  8. Show Schedule - See master schedule at http://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/schedule for times and dates. 
  9. Sheep Showmanship Contest - See master schedule athttp://4h.unl.edu/fairbook/general/schedule for times and dates. Sheep Showmanship will be open to all eligible sheep exhibitors. Exhibitors must show their own animal and must show in the class assigned. Please review Showmanship Contest rules. 
  10. Showing & Handling Practices - The use of showing and/or handling practices that may be considered objectionable or abusive, such as striking or slapping lambs and exhibiting the lamb with its feet off the ground, are not acceptable. The use of such practices may result in the lowering of a ribbon placing. (Lifting the lamb in a fluid motion to set the front legs prior to quickly setting the feet back on the ground is acceptable.) 
  11. Substitutions - Within the same class or division, substituting a different animal for a pre-entered animal, provided the substitute meets all ownership and eligibility rules, is acceptable and does not require prior approval from the Division Superintendent. Substitutions between divisions are not allowed (i.e. a market animal cannot be substituted for a breeding animal). In cases where a breed is listed as a separate division, substitution is allowed (i.e. an Angus heifer can substitute for a Charolais heifer; a Southdown breeding ewe can substitute for a Dorset breeding ewe; or a registered doe can substitute for a commercial doe).
  12. Towelling Protocol - All beef, swine, sheep, and goats will be subject to visual inspection and toweling (before and/or after entering the show ring) using a disposable blue shop towel for the presence of adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products. Toweling of the animal may include, but is not limited to, the topline, legs, chest, belly, flank, and cod/udder areas. If, after inspection, the animal is found to have adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products applied it will be disqualified from competition.  Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.
  13. Check-In Inspection - All sheep exhibits (breeding and market) will be inspected by a veterinarian at check-in for evidence of club lamb fungus. Exhibits determined to have "active" club lamb fungus will not be eligible to show and will be sent home.

SHOWMANSHIP

Showmanship Rules

  1. Age Divisions – Showmanship classes will be divided into two age divisions; Intermediate (10 – 13 years old before January 1 of the current year) and Senior (14 – 18 years old before January 1 of the current year).

Showmanship Classes

  • G-030-010 Senior Showmanship
  • G-030-011 Intermediate Showmanship MARKET LAMBS, Division 31 (Wethers and Ewes show together)

MARKET LAMB

Market Lamb Rules

  1. Minimum Weights for Market Lambs - Market lambs weighing less than 100 lbs. at weigh-in will not be eligible for a purple award or shipping. No re-weighs will be allowed. 
  2. Weigh Cards - Exhibitors will declare weights of all market lambs (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Upon arrival, exhibitors must pick up a weigh card (one card for each animal) at the Livestock Office. Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in time (see master schedule). The weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal’s official declared weight to be used for assignment to a class and for weigh-back purposes
  3. Weigh Backs - A weigh back will be incorporated for all 1st and 2nd place purples. A 5% variance from weigh-in weight will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5% variance either above or below the weigh-in weight will be lowered one ribbon group and will not be eligible for any champion awards. 
  4. Definition of Market Lambs - Wether and ewe lambs are eligible for market classes. Short scrotum, cryptorchid or ram lambs are not eligible as market lambs. 
  5. Weighing & Identification of Market Lambs - All market lambs must be completely slick shorn, including belly, to within 1/4" PRIOR to arrival at show. Wool may be left on the legs ONLY below the knees and hocks. All ewe lambs must carry an official USDA (scrapie) identification tag, in addition to 4-H identification. 
  6. Grooming - All beef, swine, sheep, and goats (showmanship, market, and breeding) will be shown Blow & Go. Animals may be clipped, blown, brushed or combed to enhance their appearance. Guidelines for the Blow & Go show:
    1. All animals will be shown free of any adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products.
    2. Any compounds that have adhesive qualities that when applied cannot be combed or brushed through, or alter the color of the animal are forbidden. These products include, but are not limited to commonly used adhesives and colorants such as Prime Time, EZ Comb, Tail Adhesive, Natural Hold, Ultra White Touch-Up, Black Touch Up, Black Finisher, black show foam, and baby powder.
    3. Alcohol, water, oil, foam or any water or alcohol-based products with no adhesives or glue qualities, or artificial colorings are permitted. These products include conditioners and commonly used sprays such as Kleen Sheen, Revive, Final Bloom, Pink Oil, white show foam, Freshen Up, Silk, and Sudden Impact.
    4. Any animal found to have prohibited products applied (adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products) will be disqualified from competition. Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.
  7. Breed Classifying - Market lambs will be classified according to the breed standard set forth by the All-American Junior Sheep Show and/or the respective breed association as they are being weighed and identified. Market lambs wishing to compete in the crossbred division will not be required to go through classification, but will still need to come be identified to the EID tag entered. Market lambs in all other divisions will be classified to the standard of the breed they were entered. If an animal is disqualified from the entered breed, it cannot be switched into a different breed classification. Instead, these market lambs will be automatically placed in the crossbred or white face influenced divisions at the discretion of the classifier The opinion of the classifier is final, and lambs must show as assigned or be disqualified. Classifier may rule to allow youth every opportunity to show his/her own lambs. Classification cannot be disputed after the close of check-in.

    Exhibitor/Classifier Guidelines for Breed Classification
    The following are descriptions of the visual appearance necessary for breed classification. Also listed are visual attributes whose presence may result in an animal not qualifying for the breed division and instead being placed in the crossbred or white breed influence division at the classifier’s discretion:
    • Dorset – An open, completely white face with pink nose pigmentation. The body should be completely white and practically free of dark fibers or pigmentation. A moderate wool cap and wool below the knees & hocks should be present
      3 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Any dark colored spots in the hair or wool
      • Large drooping ears
      • Fine textured, silky hair covering
      • Absence of hair covering in typical areas
      • All solid black hooves
      • Dark colored septum (dividing tissue between the nostrils)
      • Dark colored lining of the nose or mouth
      • All-black, colored, or spotted lambs
    • Hampshire – An open face with ears covered with a dark brown or black hair and free from wool. The face should be dark in color, and practically free of wool from the eyes down. A wool cap should extend from the neck over the forehead
      3 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Broken wool cap
      • Very fine or thin hair on face or legs
      • Scurs/horns
      • Excessive white hair on jaw or legs (more than 25%)
      1 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Excessively dark or blue hide
      • Inadequate wool covering on head and legs
      • Speckled face so that lamb appears to be a “brockle”
    • Natural Colored – Any animal that is at least 35% Natural Colored excluding the head and legs is acceptable
    • Southdown – A moderate face and ear that can range in color from brown to grey. Wool should extend onto the face and the back of the ears, as well as below the knees & hocks. Nose should be dark pigmented.
            3 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Solid white hair color on the muzzle
      • Pink nose
      • Excessive white on face, ears, or legs
      • Completely slick ears
      • Pink or striped hooves
      • Black spots on the fleece
      • Open pool on the head
      1 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Speckled face or legs
      • Horns or solid scurs
      • Solid black lambs
    • Suffolk – The head should be black, hornless, and well covered with a thick black hair coat. The muzzle should be long and deep, with legs being black. Belly should be covered with wool. Wool should not extend below the knees and hocks.
      1 of the following will result in disqualification
      • Excessive black fiber in the wool areas
      • White speckling or splotching on the bellies, inner legs, neck, or jaw
      • Wool covering below the hock and knee or on the head or face
      • Scurs/horns
    • White Face Influence – Includes white-faced breeds and/or speckles that range from white-faced with black spots to black-faced with white spots, with a minimum of 30% of hair areas (face, ears, legs below knees and hocks) having white coloring.
    • Crossbred – Lambs not meeting breed distinctions, characteristics, or color specifications of other classes.
  8. Market Classes - Market lambs will be divided by breed into up to 6 divisions. A breed with less than 10 head will be subject to combining with another breed at the superintendent’s discretion. Classes will be sorted by weight into classes of approximately 25 head per class. If a division has less than 25 head, and not combined, all may show together. Division Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected for each breed division and will compete for Grand Champion. 
  9. AKSARBEN Challenge Lambs Shown at State Fair - Lambs in the Ak-Sar-Ben Challenge must show at Ak-Sar-Ben and are not to be entered in a show where the potential exists for the lamb to be harvested. Harvest of the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lambs is mandatory at the State Fair. However, we do want to provide youth the opportunity to exhibit Lamb Challenge lambs at the State Fair. Therefore, the following rules will apply for exhibitors of Ak-Sar-Ben Lamb Challenge lambs for the State Fair.
    1. Lamb Challenge lambs can be shown at the State Fair.
    2. The lambs can compete for Division Champions awards.
    3. If a Lamb Challenge lamb is selected as Division Champion or Reserve, that lamb will not be eligible for the Overall Championship drive.
    4. The opportunity for the championship drive will be offered to the next highest placing lamb. Thus, if the Lamb Challenge lamb would have been named Division Champion, the Reserve Champion would move to the Division Champion slot and the 3rd place lamb moves into the Division Reserve slot. If the Lamb Challenge lamb would have been named Reserve Division champion, the 3rd place lamb moves into this position.
    5. Exhibitors of Lamb Challenge lambs will not receive the special award monies provided for Division Champions and Reserves. These will be provided to the lower placing lambs as described in #4.
    6. Exhibitors of Lamb Challenge lambs in Division Champion drives are responsible for informing the ringman or judge that this is a Lamb Challenge lamb. The ringman or other show staff will explain the situation to the judge. 
  10. Sale of Market Lambs - The Grand Champion Market Lamb and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb are automatically consigned for sale and slaughter. Other market lambs, weighing at least 100 pounds, may be signed up to be shipped. Deadline for sign up will be Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM. Sign –Up will take place in the General Livestock Office at the West End of the Five Points Arena. It will also be posted and announced. Changes to shipping sign-up must be confirmed in person with the Sheep Supt or Asst. Supt. prior to Monday at 8:00 AM. Shipping time will be announced and posted. 
  11. Market Lamb Show Order - Market lamb classes will be judged lightest to heaviest weight within each breed division.

Market Lamb Classes

  • G-031-010 – Dorset Market Lambs
  • G-031-020 – Hampshire Market Lambs
  • G-031-030 – Natural Color Market Lambs 
  • G-031-040 – Southdown Market Lambs
  • G-031-050 – Suffolk Market Lambs
  • G-031-060 – White Face Influence Market Lambs
  • G-031-070 – Crossbred Market Lambs
  • G-031-080 – AOP (All Other Purebred) Market Lambs

BREEDING EWES

Breeding Ewe Rules

  1. Age Classification of Breeding Ewes - Ewes born September 1, 2016, or after are classed as lambs. Ewes born between 9/1/2015 and 8/31/2016 will be classed as yearlings. Ewes born prior to 9/1/2015 are ineligible to show.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place purple breeding ewes and does will be mouthed for age. All ewe lambs and doe kids must have all temporary teeth present. Yearling ewes and does can have yearling teeth, but cannot have two-year-old teeth. Ewes and does found to be in violation will be disqualified. Any premiums (physical or monetary) will be forfeited and no refunds will be made.
  2. Classes may be divided at discretion of show management. 
  3. Both commercial and registered ewes must have an official USDA (scrapie) identification tag. Registration for registered breeding ewes must be completed by fair date and a copy of the registration papers must accompany State Fair entry. Commercial ewes must have the official USDA (scrapie) identification tag in their ear and listed on the breeding nomination card.
  4. Minimum Entries for Breed Classes - Ewes of a breed with less than five eligible entries (including both yearlings and lambs) will be shown in All Wool Breeds or All Other Registered Meat Breeds. 
  5. Show Order for Breeding Ewes - 4-H Breeding ewes will be shown by breeds in a rotating schedule. The breed with an asterisk (*) in the list above will follow the All Wool Breeds who will always show first. 
  6. All registered and commercial meat breed breeding sheep must be completely slick shorn, including belly, to within 1/4" PRIOR to arrival at show. Wool may be left on the legs ONLY below the knees and hocks. All registered and commercial wool breed sheep may be shown in the fleece. 
  7. Breeding Sheep Check-In - See master schedule for times and dates. All blankets and covers must be removed at check-in.
  8. Commercial Meat Breed Ewes –Exhibitors will declare weights of all commercial meat breed ewes (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Upon arrival, exhibitors must pick up a weigh card (one card for each animal) at the Livestock Office. Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in time (see master schedule). The weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal’s official declared weight to be used for assignment to a class and for weigh-back purposes
  9. Weight Backs - A weigh back will be incorporated for all 1st and 2nd place purples. A 5% variance from weigh-in weight will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5% variance either above or below the weigh-in weight will be lowered one ribbon group and will not be eligible for any champion awards. 
  10. Champion Selection – A Champion and Reserve Purebred Ewe will be selected from the respective breed champions and reserves (All Wool Breeds, Dorset, Hampshire, Southdown, Suffolk, All Other Registered Meat Breeds). A Champion and Reserve Commercial Meat Breed Ewe will be selected from the 1st and 2nd purples in the respective classes within that division. Additionally, the Champion and Reserve Purebred Ewe, as well as the Champion and Reserve Commercial Meat Breed Ewe will compete for a Supreme and Reserve Supreme Overall Ewe honors.

Breeding Ewe Classes

Ewe Lambs (Born 9/1/2016 and after)

  • G-032-020 – All Wool Breeds
  • G-032-040 – Dorset Ewes
  • G-032-060 – Hampshire Ewes
  • G-032-080 – Southdown Ewes
  • G-032-100 – Suffolk Ewes
  • G-032-120 – All Other Registered Meat Breeds
  • G-032-140 – Commercial Meat Breeds

Yearling Ewes (Born 9/1/2015 to 8/31/2016)

  • G-032-020 – All Wool Breeds
  • G-032-040 – Dorset Ewes
  • G-032-060 – Hampshire Ewes
  • G-032-080 – Southdown Ewes
  • G-032-100 – Suffolk Ewes
  • G-032-120 – All Other Registered Meat Breeds
  • G-032-140 – Commercial Meat Breeds