Sheep

Superintendent: Kerry Elsen


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. These documents can be found at the Nebraska State Fair website.
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) - All animals must be accompanied by appropriate health papers with the exception of rabbits and poultry originating from Nebraska. The CVI must be present and all livestock will be inspected by a veterinarian off site prior to entering the grounds. See Health Requirements for Animals Exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair for additional information.
  3. Show Schedule - See Nebraska State Fair Livestock Schedule for arrival, check-in and show times and dates.
  4. Release of Exhibits - All animals will be released according to the Nebraska State Fair release schedule.
  5. 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.
  6. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) - Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance training through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). Refer to the Nebraska State Fair General Rules and Regulations for additional information.
  7. Show Entry - Youth 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.
  8. Dress Code - When showing animals, exhibitors must wear the official State Fair 4-H shirt. No exhibitor number harnesses may be worn. Blue jeans are appropriate. Hats shall not be worn in the show ring.
  9. Showmanship - All 4-H exhibitors are automatically registered but not required to show in Showmanship. Exhibitors must show their own animal and must show in the class assigned. Review the Nebraska State Fair Schedule for times and dates.
  10. Substitutions - Any animal may be substituted for an animal within the species that has been properly nominated on the exhibitor’s online nomination database list.
  11. 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. Reference the Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations for specific guidelines.
  12. Toweling Protocol - All beef, swine, sheep, and goats maybe 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. 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 front 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.)
  14. Club Lamb Fungus Inspection - All sheep exhibits (breeding and market) will be inspected off site prior to entering the fairgrounds by a veterinarian 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.

Sheep Showmanship

Classes

  • G030010 Senior Showmanship (14-18 years old before January 1 of the current year)
  • G030011 Intermediate Showmanship (10-13 years old before January 1 of the current year)

Market Lamb

Rules

  1. Market Lamb Identification & DNA Requirements - All market lambs to be shown at State Fair must be tagged with a USDA official scrapie ID, owned by the exhibitor, have completed the online nomination entry 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.
  2. Minimum Age Requirement - All market lambs are required to be born on or after January 1, 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. Weigh Cards - Exhibitors will declare weights of all market lambs (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in timeand location. The weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal’s official declared weight to be used for assignment to a classandfor weigh-back purposes.
  5. 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 above the weigh-in weight will be lowered one ribbon group and will not be eligible for any champion awards. The 3rd place purple may also be requested to weigh back if the 1st or 2nd place purples do not meet the 5% variance requirement.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 USDA official scrapie ID 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.
  9. 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.
  10. AKSARBEN Challenge Lambs Shown at State Fair - Lambs in the AKSARBEN Lamb Challenge must show at AKSARBEN 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.
    • Lamb Challenge lambs can be shown at the State Fair.
    • The lambs can compete for Division Champions awards.
    • If a Lamb Challenge lamb is selected as Division Champion or Reserve, that lamb will not be eligible for the Overall Championship drive.
    • 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.
    • 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 above.
    • 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Market Lamb Show Order - Market lamb classes will be judged lightest to heaviest weight within each breed division.

Classes

  • G031010 – Dorset Market Lambs
  • G031020 – Hampshire Market Lambs
  • G031030 – Natural Color Market Lambs 
  • G031040 – Southdown Market Lambs
  • G031050 – Suffolk Market Lambs
  • G031060 – White Face Influence Market Lambs
  • G031070 – Crossbred Market Lambs
  • G031080 – AOP (All Other Purebred) Market Lambs

Breeding Ewes

Rules

  1. Breeding Sheep Identification Requirements - All breeding sheep lambs to be shown at State Fair must be tagged with a USDA official scrapie ID, owned by the exhibitor, have completed the online nomination entry submitted through the official online database by June 15. Youth 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.
  2. Age Classification of Breeding Ewes - Ewes born September 1, 2017, or after are classed as lambs. Ewes born between 9/1/2016and 8/31/2017will be classed as yearlings. Ewes born prior to 9/1/2016are 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.
  3. Classes may be divided at discretion of show management.
  4. ORIGINAL REGISTRATION PAPERS MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF CHECK IN. Original registration papers or electronic papers presented using a tablet or smart phone will be accepted if pulled up or downloaded from their respective breed website. NO PRINTED PAPER COPIES ACCEPTED. Original papers or electronic version only.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 commercialwool breed sheep may be shown in the fleece.
  8. Weigh Cards - Exhibitors will declare weights of all commercial meat breed ewes (an official weigh-in will not be conducted by show officials). Weigh cards must be completed and turned in during the designated check-in timeand location. The weight listed on the weigh card will become that animal’s official declared weight to be used for assignment to a classandfor 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 above 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 1stand 2ndpurples 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.

Classes

Ewe Lambs (Born 9/1/2017 and after)

  • G032020 – All Wool Breeds
  • G032040 – Dorset Ewes
  • G032060 – Hampshire Ewes
  • G032080 – Southdown Ewes
  • G032100 – Suffolk Ewes
  • G032120 – All Other Registered Meat Breeds
  • G032140 – Commercial Meat Breeds

Yearling Ewes (Born 9/1/2016 to 8/31/2017)

  • G032021 – All Wool Breeds
  • G032041 – Dorset Ewes
  • G032061 – Hampshire Ewes
  • G032081 – Southdown Ewes
  • G032101 – Suffolk Ewes
  • G032121 – All Other Registered Meat Breeds
  • G032141 – Commercial Meat Breeds