2018 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show Updates

Even though there is still snow on the ground our thoughts are of summer and the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair. We have some exciting updates to share!

Entry information is now available on: http://wistatefair.com/competitions/junior-livestock/
Entry forms and links to enter online will be available in April.

The 2018 Show Deadlines are as follows:
February 13: Postmark for market steers DNA/RFID to Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
March 3 & 10: Market Steer Performance Division Weigh-ins
May 8: Postmark for market lambs and market barrows DNA/RFID to Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
May 12 &19: Market Lamb Performance Division Weigh-ins
June 6: Postmark for mailed entries and Youth Center Reservations
June 6: 7 pm (Central Time): Online entries and Youth Center Reservations close
June 6: YQCA Certification Deadline
June 6: Postmark for commercial breeding heifers DNA/RFID to Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium
June 13: 7 pm (Central Time): Late online entries close

Want to stay connected? Sign up for our eblasts on: http://wistatefair.com/competitions/email-updates/
AND!
The Wisconsin State Fair Exhibitor Facebook page has arrived! Make sure you like, share, and invite others to join in the exhibitor fun!

YQCA – NEW REQUIREMENT FOR 2018!
Wisconsin State Fair is pleased to announce implementation of the new, national certification program “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals” (YQCA). Completion of the program will be required for all youth who exhibit animal projects (Beef, Dairy, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine) at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Shows. This interactive program will reinforce current animal industry best practices and awareness of critically important animal messaging.  This special program features interspecies information designed to supplement project education. To read more go to: http://www.wistatefair.com/pdfs/competitions/entry_info/yqca.pdf

FITTING UPDATE
Fitting is limited to the exhibitor, his/her mother, father, sister, brother, step-brother, step-sister, step-parent, or legal guardian (with proof of relationship) or other junior exhibitors participating in the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Shows.  New for 2018!Special consideration to the fitting rule may be granted to other family members in situations where none of the immediate family have project involvement/experience. To request special consideration a “Youth Fitting Rule Waiver Form” must be submitted at the time of entry. Waivers will be reviewed on an individual basis by Wisconsin State Fair Management who reserves the right to further review situations with outside sources. Requests will be approved or denied by email or written response by July 1st.

FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS – UPPER THREE LIVESTOCK BARNS
The entire floor of the Upper Three Livestock Barns will be concreted.

JUNIOR BEEF
Bedding

No bulk bark bedding will be provided. Exhibitors are responsible to bring their own cattle bedding or may purchase bedding (straw or shavings) from Wisconsin State Fair.

Arrival
With the elimination of bulk bark bedding we anticipate the barns will be available for stalling earlier than in recent years. We plan to announce an earlier arrival schedule soon after entries are received.

JUNIOR DAIRY
Exhibit Decoration/Signage

For safety reasons, decorations may not be hung from anything above 10 feet (from the ground).

JUNIOR GOATS
The Junior Dairy Goats and Junior Boer Goats have been split into two different departments; however, they will still be stalled together in the same rotation.

An exhibitor may enter, bring, and show a total of 4 goats in each department (Boer and Dairy). Junior Boer Goats will be stalled with the respective county Junior Dairy/Boer Goat exhibit. Junior Boer goat entries must remain on exhibit until the end of the Junior Goat rotation (August 5).

JUNIOR POULTRY AND RABBITS
Prize money has been updated for 2018!

JUNIOR SHEEP

  • A Slick Shorn Suffolk Division and a Slick Shorn Hampshire Division have been added to the Breeding Show.
  • Ram classes are not being offered for 2018.

JUNIOR SWINE
The 2018 Junior Market Swine show will be NON-terminal. All market barrows (except the breed champions in the Camp of Champions) MUST be removed from Wisconsin State Fair on Thursday, August 9.

HEALTH RULES
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has updated the swine health requirements for in and out-of-state exhibitors.

Swine moving within Wisconsin to Wisconsin State Fair must have the following:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:
    • Official swine identification
      • USDA silver ear tag
      • USDA 840 button ear tag
      • Breed association tattoo
      • An ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier
      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the notch is documented with registration)
    • Statement (On CVI) that a veterinarian has inspected the entire herd of origin within the past 30 days before the show and that no apparent disease was present at the time of inspection.  Statement must also include:
      • Farm of origin has not had pseudorabies or swine dysentery in the past 12 months, has not had any clinical signs or diagnosis of TGE or PEDV in the past 60 days, feeds no garbage, uses no PRV vaccine, is not under quarantine for any disease condition and vesicular stomatitis has not been diagnosed within 10 miles of the farm of origin within the past 30 days.
    • Testing for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) as follows:
      • Negative tests of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement.  Documentation of the negative test results must be made available upon request.
      • Positive test for either PRRS or SECD of herd of origin within 90 days prior to movement, the herd will be quarantined until a herd plan is established and approved.

Swine entering Wisconsin and going directly to Wisconsin State Fair must have the following:

  • Certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) with the complete physical origin and physical destination address and the following information:
    • Official identification (one of the following):
      • USDA ear tag number – number must begin with a state 2-digit code followed by 2 or 3 letters and 4 numbers
      • USDA “840” button ear tag number
      • Ear notch (if the pig is a purebred and the ear notch is registered)
      • A tattoo or an ear tag with the premises identification number and a unique identifier (a tag without the premises ID number is not sufficient)
      • A microchip for swine kept as pets
      • Breed association tattoo
    • Statement (On CVI) that a veterinarian has inspected the entire herd of origin within the past 30 days before the show and that no apparent disease was present at the time of inspection.  Statement must also include:
      • Farm of origin of has not had pseudorabies or swine dysentery in the past 12 months, has not had any clinical signs or diagnosis of PRRS, SECD, TGE or PEDV in the past 60 days, feeds no garbage, uses no PRV vaccine, is not under quarantine for any disease condition and vesicular stomatitis has not been diagnosed within 10 miles of the farm of origin within the past 30 days.
    • Negative tests of the herd of origin for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Virus (PRRS) and Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) within 90 days prior to import.  For both PRRS and SECD, include the test type, date, and results on CVI.
    • No import permit required.

Questions about the updated swine health rules should be directed to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection at: 608.224.4874 or email DATCPAnimalimports@wi.gov.

Questions about Wisconsin State Fair should be directed to entryoffice@wistatefair.com or call 414.266.7000.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair!

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