4-H & FFA Beef Project members can use this webpage for informational items related to the Beef project. For questions regarding the Beef project, contact the Green County UW-Extension office at 608-328-9440.
2018 Green County Fair Updates-
- NEW! All Youth must enter showmanship on their fair entry form to participate in the Beef Showmanship classes at the Green County Fair.
- 2018 Beef Fair Rules Handout
- All Beef will be required to check in at the fair on Tuesday, July 17th, from 2:00-4:00pm. Beef cattle cannot be unloaded prior to 2pm.
- Exhibitors who have sold, or plan to sell, in any other fair auction prior to, or after, the Green County Fair are NOT eligible to sell at the Green County Fair Auction. The only exception to this rule would be animals sold through the Governor’s Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair.
- Vehicles are not allowed to park around the dairy and livestock buildings between 8AM and 8PM from Wednesday to Saturday and from 8AM to 6PM on Sunday of the fair. All animals and exhibits must remain in place until 6PM on Sunday.
- BEEF FITTING RULE: Green County Fair Exhibitors are required to fit their own animals once they are on the fairgrounds. They may be assisted only by immediate family members. To maintain a high degree of confidence and integrity in the livestock shows, Green County Fair Management reserves the right to disqualify any animal fitted in an unethical manner. Unethical fitting shall include any injection of gas, solid or liquid to alter the normal conformation or degree of firmness. It shall also include attempts to change the appearance of the animal by adding artificial tail heads, switches, polls, hair and heels.
- Beef exhibitors are strongly encouraged to use neck straps in addition to halters for securing their animals in their stalls.
- Beef Market Steers must weigh a minimum of 1,100 and a maximum of 1,500 pounds at the final weigh-in to sell in the auction. Beef steers weighing more than 1,500 pounds may be withdrawn from the auction OR sold through the auction as a 1,500 pound animal.
- Dairy steers must weigh a minimum of 1,300 pounds and a maximum of 1,650 pounds at the final weigh-in to sell in the auction. Dairy steers weighing more than 1,650 pounds may be withdrawn from the auction OR sold through the auction as a 1,650 pound animal.
- A beef exhibitor can retain show rights for WI State Fair by declaring their intent to the auction committee prior to the auction. Exhibitors must also provide a private written contract, signed by the exhibitor’s parents and the buyer, to the auction clerks before the conclusion of the auction. The contract must state the exhibitor and parents agree to the following: to accept responsibility for any liability claims caused by the steer, to provide proper care of the animal, to guarantee a minimum re-sale price to the buyer, to only exhibit the steer at the WI State Fair, and to have their auction checks held until they confirm delivery of the animals to the buyer. A copy of this contract must be provided to the Buyer and the Auction Clerk prior to the conclusion of the auction.
- A $12.00 fee will be collected for each Beef Entry (excluding carcass steers) to cover the cost of wood chips.
- An identification fee of $5/head will be deducted from the check of each exhibitor selling lambs, steers, and barrows in the auction.
- Only exhibitors who are members of a Green County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and have their primary residence in Green County are eligible to sell animals in the Green County Fair Meat Animal Auctions. Members of Green County 4-H Clubs or FFA Chapters that do NOT have their primary residence in Green County may earn eligibility to participate in the Green County Fair Large Animal Auction by exhibiting sheep, swine, or beef animals for one year prior to selling at the Green County Fair. They must also complete and turn in an Auction Record book by October 1st after their first year of exhibiting. Exhibitors not having their primary residence in Green County would then be eligible to participate in the auctions they qualified for in their second year of exhibiting and beyond.
Green County Fair Steer Performance Show Rules – Sponsored by the Green County Beef Producers
Green County 4-H & FFA youth interested in showing at the 2018 Green County Junior Fair Steer Performance Show or WI State Fair MUST follow the rules below:
- All steers must be born after January 1 of the year proceeding the exhibit year.
- Only steers identified at the Green County weigh-in and having an average daily gain of 2.0 pounds or more between weigh-ins are eligible for carcass competition.
- All performance animals must be weighed and scanned for carcass information on Tuesday, 2:00-4:00pm. There will be no repeat weights.
- Beef Steers must weigh 1,100 pounds and Dairy Steers must weigh a minimum of 1,300 pounds to participate in the Performance contest.
- Performance Steers will be clipped for proper scanning.
- Only 1 animal per exhibitor may be entered in the Beef Performance Contest
- Performance steers must be entered in Lot 120.
- Performance steers may also be entered in lot 100 or 110. Performance steers will be allowed to exhibit in the market steer show with the exception of the Grand and Reserve Overall Performance Champions.
- The performance animals will be judged live Tuesday at 6:00pm. Fair premiums will NOT be awarded for the performance show.
- The Grand and Reserve Overall Performance Steers will be required to sell in the Youth Livestock Auction if they meet eligibility requirements.
- The Performance Champion animals will be evaluated for overall placing according to the following percentages:
Average Daily Gain = 30%; Live Placing = 30%; Carcass Placing = 40%
- All steers in the Performance Lot must be broke to lead. Animals deemed to be unsafe may be asked to leave the ring and be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Green County Beef Producers Board of Directors.
- All premiums/awards for the Performance Class paid for by the Green County Beef Producers.
Green County Beef Weigh In Information – 2018
Green County 4-H & FFA youth interested in showing at the 2018 Green County Junior Fair Steer Show or WI State Fair MUST have their cattle weighed and identified on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 8:00am-11:00am at Equity Livestock, Hwy 69 S, Monroe, WI. Each exhibitor can identify a maximum of 5 steers for the county fair. Exhibitors are reminded that beef steers must weigh a minimum of 1,100 pounds and dairy steers must weigh 1,300 pounds to be eligible to be sold in the livestock auction. Maximum weights for the auction are 1,500 pounds for beef steers and 1,650 for dairy steers. Exhibitors can sell steers weighing over these maximum weights, however they will not get paid for any pounds above the maximum weights when sold through the Green County Fair Meat Auction. All market steers must also have a rate of gain of two pounds or more per day to be eligible to enter the steer performance contest or to be sold in the Green County Livestock Auction. The Green County Beef Producers are assisting with the weigh-in. If you have additional questions, call Jayne Butts, Green County UW-Extension Office Manager at 608-328-9440.
Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is registering premises as the authorized agent for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The Wisconsin Livestock Premises Registration Act requires anyone who keeps, houses, or co-mingles livestock to register their premises. To apply for a premise identification number for the firt time, use the Electronic First Time Application. To renew your premise identification, use the Electronic Renewal Document. For more information on premise identification, visit the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium website.
Green County Beef Producers Scholarship
This scholarship is available to any Green County 4-H, FFA or resident who is attending or planning to attend a college, vocational school, technical school, Agriculture Short Course, or any institution of higher learning. Selection will be based on your involvement with the beef industry and service to the Green County Beef Producers organization. Applications are due July 1st to Bryan Witt, 8359 County Hwy M, Browntown, WI 53522. Applications may be obtained online or at the Green County UW-Extension office. Green County Beef Producers Scholarship
WI Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship
This scholarship is available to any Green County 4-H, FFA, or resident who is a graduating high school senior enrolled or planning to enroll in any university, technical college, community college in the United States, and the University of Wisconsin Madison Agricultural Short Course Program. Applicants must have a background in beef, veal, or dairy industry and must be a resident of WIsconsin. Preference will be given to those majoring in an agriculture-related field. Ten $500 Scholarships will be awarded to top applicants. Applications are due March 17th. Applications may be obtained online or at the Green County UW-Extension office. For an application and more information, visit the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association website.
Green County Beef Producers
This organization supports and sponsors youth in various beef areas through trophy and award sponsorships as well as scholarships. Each year, they hold a “Great Steak Out Event” to celebrate being in the beef industry. Contact Todd Forrester 608.897.8460 for more information.