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GCF&R Livestock & Ag Mechanics Information

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General Livestock Rules

 

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

GENERAL LIVESTOCK RULES

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1. All exhibitors are cautioned to read carefully the following rules and regulations, as well as each division rules, as same will be strictly enforced.

 

2. All animals will adhere to the Texas Animal Health Commission Rules. The Livestock Committee will issue updates as necessary. However, it is the exhibitor’s responsibility to comply with the Texas Animal Health Rules.

 

3. Market divisions are restricted to the following:

Steers County Steer Division Poultry Market Broiler Division

Steers Market Steer Division Poultry Market Turkey Division

Pigs Market Swine Division Rabbits Market Rabbit Division

Sheep Market Lamb Division Goats Market Goat Division

 

4. Breeding divisions are restricted to the following:

Junior Commercial Heifer Division Breeding Beef Division

 

5. A. Exhibitors/Substitute/Stand-in Exhibitors must be enrolled and attending classes in a Galveston County I.S.D. public school, Galveston County private/parochial school or be a home educated student in Galveston County, elementary or secondary, or is a resident of Galveston County, and is a current member of a Galveston County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, HAVING A FAIR PROJECT ENTERED, TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE.

B. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WILL BE INELIGIBLE TO SHOW. Exception: Exhibitors who have completed academic requirements for graduation at mid-term of the current school year and are a current member of a Galveston County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, are eligible to participate.

 

6. Validation/tag-in dates, order dates and times will be published in each division’s rules.

 

7. Family tag-ins will be allowed for immediate family members only. All eligible exhibitors must be listed on validation/tag-in or order form in order to be eligible to enter an animal in that division.

 

8. Exhibitors must accompany his/her animal at tag-in/validation, be present to pick-up their Poultry orders, and at check-in. Signature of exhibitor and parent/guardian, or representative is required at Validation and Tag-in. Prior approval from the Livestock Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent will be required for any exhibitor who has a TEA/UIL event or any conflict with this rule.

 

9. Only the GCF&R or TX validation tag numbers will be used for identification. All ear tags except the GCF&R and TX validation tag must be removed prior to or during validation and these should be the only tags present at check-in. Alterations to the GCF&R or TX validation tags – change to size, shape, form or color – will void the tag.

 

10. Animals which are tagged with an Official Texas Tag approved by the Texas Agriculture Extension Service and which are the property of the same Exhibitor (as indicated on the official state 4-H or FFA validation forms), will not be required for re-tagging. However, all such animals must be present for recording of the Texas Tag Number and validation procedures.

 

11. Any exhibitor wishing to tag-in more than one (1) market animal in a division may do so with approval of the Chairman or Livestock Superintendent at the time of validation and tag-in.

 

12. The Show Chairperson/Livestock Superintendent must be notified immediately if an ear tag is lost or if a TX validation tag is replaced. The animal will be re-nose printed for verification by the Livestock Committee at time of re-tagging. The animal will be subject to review by such committee and may be subject to disqualification. All animals will be subject to nose print verification (ear notch verification for swine) at any time. Do not remove the ear tag from your animal after they are shown. This is your animal’s identification number that is used by the Livestock Committee, Buyers and Meat Packing Companies for that purpose.

 

13. The exhibitors must own their animals at the beginning of and throughout the feeding periods. Exhibitors must feed and care for animals on a daily basis without any aid or assistance during the entire period, except from their County Extension Agents, Ag Teachers, 4-H Leaders, or family. The Livestock Superintendent and/or Show Chairperson reserves the right to visit the facility where the exhibitor's animals are housed at any time.

 

14. NO FAMILY ENTRIES. One entry form is required for each individual exhibitor. Exhibitor must specify which animal he/she will show at the time of check-in. No animal shall be entered or exhibited under a name other than that of a bona fide owner.

 

15. Exhibitor Entry Applications may be obtained from the Fair Office, Ag Teachers, County Extension Agents, or 4-H Leaders. The Fair Office will not accept Exhibitor Entry Applications from individual exhibitors. Exhibitor Entry Applications MUST be submitted by 4-H Leaders or Ag Teachers. A summary sheet is to accompany the club/chapter's entries with one check or money order made payable to GCF&R, or with cash. NO REFUNDS FOR ANY REASON.

 

16. Each exhibitor and parent/guardian is required to sign an Indemnity Form and Emergency Medical Authorization on the Exhibitor Entry Application. ALSO, A COMPLETED W9 form WITH THE EXHIBITORS INFORMATION AND SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AS IT IS ON THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD ALONG WITH THE EXHIBITORS SIGNATURE SHOULD BE PLACED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE AND ATTACHED TO THE EXHIBITOR ENTRY APPLICATION. Failure to complete these forms will result in disqualification.

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17. Exhibitors must check-in and show under the same Chapter or Club name as registered on the Exhibitor Entry Application. If an FFA member changes schools to another Galveston County ISD prior to check-in, then he/she may change to a different chapter or become a member of a Galveston County 4-H Club as long as it is done prior to the beginning of fair and eligibility can be obtained for that exhibitor.

 

18. All youth exhibitors MUST be academically eligible to participate in the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. – in accordance with House Rule #72 “NO PASS – NO PLAY”. Eligibility will be determined by designated school officials in total cooperation with the GCF&R, Ag Instructors and/or Galveston County Extension Agent. Once eligibility status is received by the GCF&R from designated school officials, all ineligible exhibitors will be immediately notified by telephone from the GCF&R, Ag Instructor, or the Galveston County Extension Agent. Discrepancies with eligibility status must be resolved between the exhibitor, the exhibitor’s parent(s)/guardian(s), and the designated school officials as soon as possible. Any change resulting from a discrepancy in eligibility status must be documented in writing and relayed only by the designated school officials to the GCF&R, Ag Instructors, or Galveston County Extension Agent PRIOR TO CHECK-IN.

 

19. Exhibitors must show their animals in the Show Ring. If unable to do so for any of the following reasons, a substitute exhibitor may be obtained:

a. Death in the immediate family.

b. Conflict with another TEA/UIL sanctioned event where participation is required.

c. Verified medical condition.

d. Ineligibility due to House Rule 72 "No Pass-No Play". Exception: Rules pertaining to “No Pass-No Play” set by your school district or individual clubs/chapters that prohibit the showing of your projects if you are not passing supersede this rule.

 

20. All substitute exhibitors must meet the following requirements:

a. The substitute exhibitor is eligible under "No Pass-No Play" (See Rule #18 above);

b. The substitute exhibitor is a current member of a Galveston County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and must have a fair project entered (See Rule #5 above). However, the substitute exhibitor cannot have entered an animal in the same show, except for immediate family.

c. The substitute exhibitor has completed and submitted to the Livestock Committee a Substitute Exhibitor Form signed by the Ag Teacher/4-H Club Leader, Parents, and Exhibitors.

 

21. All stand-in exhbitors must meet the following requirements:

a. The stand-in exhibitor is eligible under "No Pass-No Play" (See Rule #18 above);

b. The stand-in exhibitor is a current member of a Galveston County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, and must have a fair project entered (See Rule #5 above).

c. The stand-in exhibitor has completed and submitted to the Livestock Committee a Stand-in Exhibitor Form signed by the Ag Teacher/4-H Club Leader, Parents, and Exhibitors.

 

22. If for any reason there is a question about a weight of any animal, the animal will be backed off of the scale, the scale balanced, and the animal will be immediately re-weighed ONLY one more time. No time shall lapse between first and second weighing.

 

23. The Livestock Superintendent/Chairperson shall have the right to refuse the entry of any animal, which in their judgment, is unworthy of exhibition for injury or illness, or which may be a menace to the physical/medical safety of other livestock, the exhibitors or spectators.

 

24. Animals must remain in livestock area throughout the duration of the fair.

 

25. All animals will be assigned a pen or stall in the appropriate area for that division, and must remain in their assigned pens or stalls for the duration of the Fair. Designated areas for show boxes are provided. SHOW BOXES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE LIVESTOCK PAVILION PRIOR TO 12:00 NOON THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017. Absolutely NO show boxes will be allowed along the Turkey railing. THE GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SHOW BOX.

 

26. No one will be allowed in the livestock area between 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. without permission from the livestock superintendent.

 

27. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding, watering and caring for their animal projects for the duration of the fair. Exhibitors must furnish their own feed, feeders, water containers and are responsible for keeping the pens and stall areas clean at all times. Exhibitors must abide by Division feeding rules. All divisions have Feeding Areas provided. Please feed, water and clean the feed pans only in the area designated for that division. Any Exhibitor failing to feed, water or keep the pens or stall areas clean will be issued a written warning. After the third written warning, the Exhibitor shall remove their animal project from the fairground premises, shall forfeit all prizes and awards for that animal project, and the Exhibitor will be disqualified form entering an animal project in the next year’s livestock show.

 

28. No fans are allowed.

 

29. The use of extension cords are strictly prohibited in the Livestock Pavilion.

 

30. All animals exhibited in the GCF&R Livestock Shows must be trained, fitted and dressed for show by the exhibitor, County Extension Agent, Ag Teachers, 4-H Leaders or family all of which must be residents of Galveston County.

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31. The showing of unethically fitted livestock or livestock of any ineligible age for exhibition in the class is prohibited. Unethical fitting will be deemed to consist of any method of altering the natural conformation of any part of the animal's body. Animals showing signs of having been operated upon or tampered with for the purpose of concealing faults in conformation or with intent to deceive relative to the animal's soundness, will be disqualified. As a condition for participation in the Galveston County Livestock Shows, every exhibitor must agree to submit any animal so entered by him/her to inspection by a veterinarian. Exhibitors must also agree that the conclusions reached by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc., and/or their representatives shall be final, without recourse against Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. or its representatives. Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. reserves the right to have blood or urine laboratorial analysis made on any animal entered for competition, subject to substance residue policy. Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. also reserves the right to order the timely slaughter of any placing animal(s), and the evaluation of such carcass(es) after slaughter. If unethical fitting of livestock is determined, any and all sale monies will be withheld and participants may be barred from future participation at Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. An exhibitor of an animal producing an analysis with a quantity of diuretic or any unapproved medication will be barred from future competition at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. No painting or dyeing will be allowed. Any grooming material that causes color to be removed from the animal will not be allowed. No grooming powders or graphite will be allowed on animals.

 

32. All animals must be presented for competition when called.

 

33. Spectators will not be allowed in the Show Ring.

 

34. When the entries in any class are fewer than the number of premiums offered, or when there is no competition in a class, the judges will make placings and awards strictly on the merit of the animals shown, or two or more classes may be combined.

 

35. There will be no prize money on ribbon placings in the GCF&R Livestock Shows.

 

36. In no instance will judges make placings or awards to an animal which, in their opinion, is not worthy or deserving.

 

37. The decision of the Judge is FINAL.

 

38. A Completed animal release form is required to remove your animal from the fairgrounds for all check outs. Any steer, swine, goat or lamb left on the Fairgrounds after 12:00 Noon, Sunday, April 30, 2017, will be shipped to a locker plant at the expense and responsibility of the owner. Any turkeys, rabbits, or broilers, left on the Fairgrounds after 12:00 Noon, Sunday, April 30, 2017, will become the property of the Fair. Exhibitors failing to comply will be subject to review by the Executive Committee.

 

39. The Livestock Committee will take every precaution to insure the safety and well-being of exhibitors and animals. However, the Fair will not be responsible for any loss or damage to animals or articles while on the Fairgrounds or in transit thereto or therefrom, from any cause whatsoever.

 

40. To file an official protest, the fee will be $100.00 cash, which will be forfeited if protest is not sustained.

 

41. The Livestock Committee reserves the right to use any animal for the participation in the Livestock Judging contest and the Pee Wee Swine Show to be held during the Fair. No Grand & Reserve Champion animals will be used for either of these shows. On the day of the Livestock Judging Contest, absolutely NO youth exhibitors will be allowed in the Livestock Pavilion from 7:00 am until the conclusion of the contest (approximately 10:30 – 11:00 am). For the Pee Wee Swine Show the committee will select the swine to be used during the show.

 

42. All sales of market animals, which have been shown during the week of the Fair, will be handled through the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Office. Soliciting sales of animals will not be permitted on the premises of the fairgrounds. “FOR SALE” signs will not be allowed to be displayed on or adjacent to any animal entered in this show.

 

43. For information on Junior Livestock Auction and Commitment procedures, see the Junior Livestock Auction Rules and/or Junior Livestock Commitment Rules. Please Note: Buyer Gift baskets may not contain alcoholic beverages.

 

44. It is MANDATORY that the exhibitor bring a stamped envelope with a “Thank You” letter/card addressed to the buyer and a proof of delivery form (when applicable) to the Fair Office before checks will be released. Checks will be ready for pick up no later than 60 days after the close of the Fair (usually in June) and the checks must be picked up by October 1 of the same year or these funds will be forfeited by the exhibitor and reverted to the scholarship fund. The Fair Office will mail the thank you letters. ALL EXHIBITORS MUST COME TO THE FAIR OFFICE TO SIGN FOR THEIR CHECK.

 

45. For policies on Substance Residue, see Substance Residue Policy Rules.

 

46. Classes will be posted as soon as they are completed. NO information on classes will be available until the chairperson has verified all of the information. Failure to cooperate in this matter will only further prolong the process.

 

47. ONCE A CLASS HAS BEEN PLACED AND IT IS DETERMINED THAT THERE IS A DISQUALIFICATION OF A PLACING ENTRY, ALL PRIZES AWARDED TO THAT PLACED ENTRY ARE DEEMED FORFEITED AND ALL REMAINING PLACED ENTRIES WILL BE ADJUSTED UP TO FILL THE VACATED PLACING.

 

48. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY APPLICABLE GCF&R RULES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC. FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH THE VIOLATION OCCURS AND THE EXHBITOR WILL FORFEIT ALL AWARDS AND/OR PROCEEDS. THE EXHIBITOR WILL ALSO BE DISQUALIFIED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 FAIR.

 

***SPECIAL RULES OR CONDITIONS ARE PUBLISHED IN EACH DIVISION WHERE NECESSARY. IF THERE IS A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE SPECIAL RULES OF ANY DIVISION AND THE GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS, THE SPECIAL RULES WILL GOVERN.

 

SHOWMANSHIP RULES

1. There will be a Junior and Senior Showmanship class as follows:

a) Steer

b) Jr. Commercial Heifer

c) Market Lamb

d) Market Swine

e) Jr. Breeding Beef

f) Market Goat

 

2. Only the eligible owner of the animals will be allowed to participate in the showmanship class. No substitute exhibitor will be allowed to compete in Showmanship.

 

3. All eligible youth exhibiting in the Steer, Jr. Commercial Heifer, Market Lamb, Jr. Breeding Beef and Market Goat divisions are subject to compete in showmanship with their own animal.

 

Showmanship in the Market Swine division will be at the Judge’s discretion; however, eligible youth exhibitors will only be allowed to compete with their own animal.

NO Bulls will be allowed to return to the ring for showmanship.

 

JUNIOR - Exhibitors 13 and under as of August 31, 2016

 

SENIOR - Exhibitors 14 and over as of August 31, 2016

 

HERDSMAN AWARD

1. A panel of judges will be moving throughout the Livestock area all week.

 

2. Judging will be based upon the way the beds or pens and aisles are kept, and the appearance of the animal.

 

3. Awards will be presented to the individual and Club/Chapter winners in each division.

 

JUDGE SELECTION:

1. A minimum of three qualified candidates will be turned in to the livestock committee chairperson for each division. The Executive Committee will approve the contract.

 

2. The judge will be selected annually by the committee.

 

3. Announcement of the judges will be made upon verbal acceptance by the judge.

 

4. If a judge cannot fulfill their contract for any reason, the livestock superintendent and division chairperson will select another judge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Livestock Schedule

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

LIVESTOCK SCHEDULE

April 21ST through April 29TH

 

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Pre-Fair Livestock Dates to Remember

GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

PRE-2017 FAIR LIVESTOCK DATES TO REMEMBER

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Eligibility Rules

 

GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

2017 ELIGIBILITY RULES

Eligibility will be handled directly between the GCF&R, Ag Instructors, Galveston County Extension Agents
and the Schools. Forms will not be released to 4-H Leaders, Youth Exhibitors/Participants or Parents.

 

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Eligibility for ALL shows/events/contests which require eligibility status will be handled in the following manner:

 

1. An eligibility list of all youth exhibitors/participants will be provided by the GCF&R to the respective Ag Instructor or the Galveston County Extension Agent.

 

2. The Ag instructor will send the FFA Eligibility List to the school officials for the exhibitors/participants from their Chapter. The school officials will then send the completed list directly to the GCF&R. This list will be kept on file in the Fair Office.

 

3. The Galveston County Extension Agent will send the 4-H Eligibility List to the School Officials for all of the 4-H exhibitors/participants. The school officials will then send the completed list directly to the GCF&R. This list will be kept on file in the Fair Office.

 

4. All public, private and home schools will be contacted for Eligibility status.

 

5. Once eligibility status is received by the GCF&R from designated school officials, all ineligible exhibitors/participants will be immediately notified by the Ag Instructor or the Galveston County Extension Agent.

 

6. Discrepancies with eligibility status must be resolved between the exhibitor, the exhibitor’s parent(s)/guardian(s), and the designated school officials as soon as possible.

 

7. Any change resulting from a discrepancy in eligibility status must be documented in writing and relayed only by the designated school officials to the GCF&R PRIOR TO CHECK-IN (LIVESTOCK & YOUTH PROJECT SHOW) OR ELIGIBILITY DEADLINE (EVENTS/CONTESTS).

 

8. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY APPLICABLE GCF&R RULES MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC. FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH THE VIOLATION OCCURS AND THE EXHBITOR WILL FORFEIT ALL AWARDS AND/OR PROCEEDS. THE EXHIBITOR WILL ALSO BE DISQUALIFIED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 FAIR.

 

9. These rules apply to all applicable shows/events/contests which require eligibility status. Participation under Galveston County 4

-H will not permit an absence from school, unless a 4-H member is assisting with Senior Citizen’s Day, Special Kid’s Day, and/or Schools Day. Excused absences in regards to participation under FFA must be addressed to the exhibitor’s respective Ag Instructor.

 

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Substance Residue Policy

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

SUBSTANCE RESIDUE POLICY

 

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Objective

It is the objective of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. (GCF&R) to provide and maintain a safe and healthful environment, to promote fair play, and to protect the reputation of the GCF&R, its exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, employees, and patrons. Consequently, the GCF&R has adopted a Substance Residue Policy in an effort to deter and detect the use of such substances in livestock entered for exhibit in its annual Fair. Further, the GCF&R will make every reasonable effort to comply with the USDA and the Wholesome Meat Act which applies to the sale and slaughter of all market livestock and poultry sold during the GCF&R. This Act specifically states, but is not limited to, the following:

 

A. Animals must be in good health and carcasses free of drug, chemical and foreign substances.

 

B. Antibiotics and sulfonamides have required withdrawal periods.

 

C. Label directions for the use of drugs and related withdrawal periods must be followed.

 

Definitions

Unapproved Substance, as referred to in this policy, shall be defined as any drug, chemical, or other substance which is not approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and/or the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for use in slaughter animals.

Random Testing is the testing process in which selection for testing is made by a method employing objectives, neutral criteria which ensures that every animal subject to testing has a substantially equal statistical chance of being selected. This method does not permit subjective factors to play a role in selection thus resulting in no animal being selected as the result of discrimination.

Sample shall mean blood, urine, or other appropriate body samples as may be necessary for any specific test.

 

Specific Policy

1. No animal entered in the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo shall have had administered to it nor contain any residues of any Unapproved Substance. Likewise, no animal shall be allowed to be within any withdrawal time relative to the administration of any approved drug or chemical substance at the time of check-in, unless administered by a licensed veterinarian in the event of injury or illness. In such case refer to Rule #7.

 

2. By entering the Galveston County Fair, the Exhibitor, his/her parents/guardian, Vo-Ag instructor, CEA or other supervising authority expressly agrees to abide by the policies and restrictions as set forth herein or in specific livestock division rules. In the event of conflict, rules and/or policies set forth in this Section shall control.

 

3. It is the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor to insure that his/her animal is free of the referenced drugs and substances. Extent of knowledge on the part of the Exhibitor with regard to the drugs or substance found in any animal presented for show is in no way relevant. Specifically, it will not be a defense that any unknown person or persons introduced the unapproved drug or substance into the animal. Likewise it will not be a defense that the Exhibitor was unaware that any drug or substance is unapproved.

 

4. Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. may choose at random from the Show order, or as may be set out in each Livestock Division rules, to take blood, and/or urine, and/or other appropriate body samples from any animal for the purpose of determining whether residues of any Substance or Unapproved Drug are present in the body of the tested animal. Samples shall always be taken from the Grand and Reserve Champion of each division of steers, lambs, goats and pigs. The Exhibitor agrees that he/she will cooperate with the person or persons charged with the responsibility of collecting samples. Failure to cooperate in any way with the testing procedure as described herein, or in any way making it unreasonably difficult for samples to be collected, will indicate a voluntary withdrawal of the animal from competition by the Exhibitor.

 

5. All samples shall be collected and maintained for testing by or under the supervision of an independent party or firm not associated with either the GCF&R or the Exhibitor. This party or Firm shall be properly qualified to perform the collection as required by this policy. All reasonable care shall be taken to maintain the quality and identity of each sample and will be tested by an approved laboratory.

 

6. Should any sample prove to contain a prohibited substance, that animal will immediately be disqualified and penalties as set forth herein shall be enforced. The Board is required by State and Federal regulations to report Substance abuse to the FDA, USDA, and the Texas Department of Health for possible further investigation. The Exhibitor may appeal in writing, within twenty-four (24) hours to the Livestock Superintendent and the Executive Committee of the GCF&R. Such appeal must be accompanied by an Official Protest Form, together with the fee required by that form, as well as cash or certified funds in the amount of two hundred dollars ($200.00) to cover any laboratory analysis which may be required by the Official Protest. Further, Exhibitor shall be responsible for any and all expenses over the initial two hundred ($200.00) which may be incurred by such analysis, or will be credited any unused portion of the certified funds. Failure to file such appeal within twenty-four (24) hours after Exhibitor's notification of disqualification will finalize such disqualification. Should written appeal be filed, the appeal will be reviewed by the Executive Committee with all possible speed. The decision of the Executive Committee will be final and without recourse.

 

7. Should it be deemed necessary to administer an approved medication for reason of illness or injury to any animal that will place the date of check-in and exhibit within any withdrawal period, that medication must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian must provide a letter stating the date of administration of medication, the medication used, the condition being treated, and the exact date that withdrawal time is ended. This letter must be presented at check-in. Should that withdrawal time extend beyond the official closing of the Fair, the Exhibitor shall be responsible for the care, housing, and feeding of that animal until the withdrawal period has ended. Further, if applicable, the Exhibitor shall be responsible for transport of the animal to any designated locker plant.

 

8. Should any animal be disqualified as a result of violation of any of the rules or policies as set forth herein, or in any specific livestock division rules, or if the animal is voluntarily withdrawn from competition as a result of failure to cooperate with testing procedures, the Exhibitor shall not be eligible for competition in any show of the GCF&R in the year immediately following his/her disqualification. Disqualification as described herein will not affect the order of finish of any other animals in the competition. Should Auction or Commitment money be involved, the purchaser of the disqualified animal shall have the option to donate the money to the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc., for general or specific use, or upon request, receive a total refund.

 

Large Animal Scale Weigh Schedule

GCF&R LARGE ANIMAL SCALE

WEIGH SCHEDULE

 

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The large animal scales, located at the fairgrounds in the back of the Livestock Pavilion, will be available for weighing steer & heifer projects on the following dates & times. The scales will be LOCKED and will NOT be available for use at any other time.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 14, 2017        1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017        1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017       1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017       1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017            8:00 am to 10:00 am

 

 

 

 

Ag Mechanics Information

2017 Galveston County Fair and Rodeo

Agricultural Mechanics Show Rules

 Chairperson:  Mark Herzog

409-771-1787

 

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Junior Breeding Beef Division Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

JUNIOR BREEDING BEEF DIVISION RULES

-HEIFERS, COWS, CALVES, BULLS-

CHAIRPERSON: STACY L. BOUSE

PHONE: (409) 739-1229

 

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VALIDATION: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the Fair Office by

4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per Head

CHECK-IN: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

JUDGING: Friday, April 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - All Head

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. Each animal may only be entered and shown in the Junior Breeding Beef Division or the Junior Commercial Heifer Show. The exhibitor must have separate animals for each show.

3. All single heifers must be at least four (4) months old and must be Brucellosis vaccinated prior to Validation. All cows must show proof of Brucellosis vaccination or Brucellosis testing by a licensed veterinarian or a Texas Animal Health Official at validation.

4. Animals may be shown as Registered only if that breed is on the list of Approved Registered Breeds for this show. (See next page for list of Approved Registered Breeds.) All non-registered breeds will classified as A.B.C. or A.O.B. at validation.

5. ALL REGISTERED AND NON-REGISTERED HEIFERS, COWS AND BULLS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR VALIDATION ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 FROM 8 :00 AM TO 12 :00 NOON.

A. APPROVED REGISTERED BREED CLASSIFICATION:

Registered breeding heifers, cows and bulls with papers must bring the original registered papers showing that the heifer, cow or bull is registered in the exhibitor’s name (exception: Longhorn Breed). One (1) copy of the registration papers must be given to the Chairperson. The Tattoo or firebrand must match the registered papers or the animal will be disqualified.

B. A.B.C. & A.O.B. CLASSIFICATION:

Exhibitors of papers pending and non-registered breeding heifers, cows and bulls must bring a copy of their Breeder’s Certificate and their cattle to the fairgrounds on October 29, 2016 for classification. The decision of the Classifier at validation will be final.

The required Registration Papers for exhibitors with Papers Pending must be turned in to the Fair Office by January 26, 2017, no later than 6:00 p.m. with the Exhibitor Entry Form to change this classification. NO changes will be made after this time.

6. NO Breeding Cattle over 36 months of age will be eligible to show in the Junior Breeding Beef Show.

7. Only the GCF&R or TX validation tag numbers will be used for identification. All ear tags except the GCF&R and TX validation tag must be removed prior to or during validation and these should be the only tags present at check-in. Alterations to the GCF&R or TX validation tags – change to size, shape, form or color – will void the tag. (See General Rule #12)

8. The Junior Breeding Beef Committee must be notified immediately if an A.B.C./A.O.B. ear tag is lost. All heifers, cows, calves, or bulls will be re-validated and verified by the Jr. Breeding Beef/Livestock Committee(s) at time of A.B.C./A.O.B. re-tagging. The heifer, cow, calf, or bull will be subjected to review by such said committee and may be subjected to disqualification.

9. NO CLIPPING of heifers, cows, calves or bulls (electric or manual) will be allowed once they are on the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. grounds. No clipping of any type, including scissors, razor, knife, etc. All grooming of your cattle before the show must be done in the designated grooming area only.

10. All exhibitors must lead their heifer, cow, calf or bull from trailer to Check-in Area. Any breeding stock which cannot be handled by Exhibitor during check-in will be sifted.

11. All heifers, cows and bulls must be halter broken for the Fair and cross-tied with one rope around the neck and one from the halter. Calves must be haltered, but not required to be cross-tied. Animals exhibited in the Junior

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Breeding Beef Show must be trained, fitted, and dressed for show by the exhibitor, County Extension Agent, Vo-Ag Teachers, 4-H leaders, or family all of which must be residents of Galveston County. (Any descrepancies will be brought before Livestock Superintendent).

12. The Junior Breeding Beef Committee reserves the right to expel unruly animals from the Fairgrounds at any time.

13. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding and watering their heifer, cow, calf or bull and keeping the breeding barn area clean at all times. Failure to comply, as determined by the Junior Breeding Chairman and Livestock Superintendent, will result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee.

14. NO fans or hay for bedding will be allowed. Shavings will be permitted at exhibitors’ expense, but not provided by GCF & R. Exhibitors’ shavings cannot be stored on fairgrounds.

15. If an exhibitor has more than one animal in a class, due to the combining of divisions or the showing of cow/calf pair, the exhibitor may obtain an eligible stand-in exhibitor.

16. No heifer or bull may be shown that has been artificially filled with any amount of liquid at anytime, once the heifer or bull enters the grounds of the show. The only exception will be a medical problem, such as dehydration, bloat, etc. where a veterinarian will be consulted by the Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairperson at the owner's expense. The Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairperson must be present when the veterinarian’s recommended treatment is administered.

 

APPROVED REGISTERED BREEDS:

American Division: ABC – Non Registered, OARB – Other American Registered Breeds, Beefmaster, Brangus – Red & Black, Brahman – Red & Grey, Longhorn, Santa Gertrudis and Simbrah

British Division: Angus – Red & Black, Hereford – Regular, Polled & Mini, Shorthorn

Exotic Division: AOB – Non Registered, ORB – Other Registered Breeds, Charolais, Chianina, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Simmental

**The Breeding Beef Division Chairman has the right to combine breeds, if insufficient in number and create a class or classes if deemed necessary.**

All heifers, cows and bulls are subject to age classification as of April 20, 2017.

 

CLASSES

1. 10 – 14 Months Feb. 21, 2016 – June 20, 2016

2. 14 – 19 Months Sept 21, 2015 – Feb 20, 2016

3. 19 – 24 Months April 21, 2015 – September 20, 2015

4. 24 – 30 Months October 21, 2014 – April 20, 2015

5. 30 – 36 Months April 21, 2014 – October 20, 2014

 

*Bulls will not return for showmanship.

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Commercial Heifer Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

JUNIOR COMMERCIAL HEIFER RULES

CHAIRPERSON: Raymond Doreck 409-925-7711

CO-CHAIRPERSON: Richard Delesandri 832-435-8804

 

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VALIDATION & TAG-IN: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017 by 6:00 p.m. at the

Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per animal or $60.00 per pen of three (3)

CHECK-IN: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

SIFTING: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

JUDGING: Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County

Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case

the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict

between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All heifers must be at least four (4) months old and must be Brucellosis vaccinated prior to Tag-in. All non-vaccinated heifers are not eligible to ear-tagging and therefore are not eligible to show in April. There Will Be No Exceptions.

3. The Junior Commercial Heifer Tag-in and Validation Form must be completed by the breeder and exhibitor before tag-in. The Breeder's Certificate must include D/O/B, breed of heifer and signature of the breeder, or accompanied by a breeder's statement with appropriate information and signature. Signature of exhibitor and parent/guardian, or representative is required at Validation and Tag-in. There Will Be No Exceptions. Tag-in forms will be available at the Fair Office.

4. All Commercial Heifers must be owned by Exhibitor by the date of Tag-in, Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

5. All commercial heifers must be haltered (exception: pen of three (3)). The validation process will consist of: sifting based on physical soundness, nose-printing, ear tagging for identification, and classifying on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The classifier will be a non-Galveston County Cattleman chosen and approved by the Commercial Heifer Committee. The decision of the Classifier at Validation and Tag-in Will Be Final.

6. Each exhibitor is entitled to enter and show one (1) heifer per class with no bump-ups. Pens of three (3) will be limited to one pen per exhibitor.

7. For safety reasons, all heifers must be de-horned prior to Check-in date. All heifers found to have grow backs and/or loose horns will be subject to review and possible disqualification by the Heifer Chairperson/Livestock Superintendent at check-in.

8. NO CLIPPING of heifers (electric or manual) will be allowed once heifers are on the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. grounds. No clipping of any type, including scissors, razor, knife, etc. All grooming of your cattle before the show must be done in the designated grooming area only.

9. All heifers 12 months of age and older must be palpated by a veterinarian and designated as open or bred. A Palpation Certificate must be furnished and turned in at check-in. Any heifer calving prior to show time, April 28, 2017, will be ineligible to show in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show.

10. All exhibitors must lead their heifer from trailer to Check-in Area. Any heifer which cannot be handled by Exhibitor during check-in will be sifted.

11. Any heifer with the (2) permanent incisors up even with the rest of the teeth or are 24 months of age on or before April 27, 2017, will be ineligible to show in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show. Heifers will be toothed by any licensed veterinarian or associate. All heifers will be toothed, nose printed for verification and sifted at check-in. All heifers are subject to age classification as of April 27, 2017. The decision of the veterinarian at check-in will be final. Valid registration papers from recognized association will override the toothing rule.

12. Single heifers must be halter broken for the Fair and cross-tied with one rope around the neck and one rope from the halter.

13. The Junior Commercial Heifer Committee reserves the right to expel unruly animals from the Fairgrounds. Any Junior Commercial Heifer which cannot be handled by the exhibitor during judging will be removed from the show ring and disqualified. Animals expelled before, during or after the show will not be eligible for the sale.

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14. NO fans or hay for bedding will be allowed. Shavings will be permitted at exhibitors’ expense, but not provided by GCF & R. Exhibitors’ shavings cannot be stored on fairgrounds.

15. Heifer classes may be split based on the number of heifers in a class.

16. Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Class Champion (1st) and second (2nd) place heifers and Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Pen of Three heifers must sell in the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction. All other Exhibitors who choose not to sell are excused from the Auction. Two lots per exhibitor will be allowed in the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction. (See Junior Commercial Heifer Auction Rules.)

17. No heifer may be shown that has been artificially filled with any amount of liquid at anytime, once the heifer enters the grounds of the show. The only exception will be a medical problem, such as dehydration, bloat, etc. where a veterinarian will be consulted by the Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairperson at the owner's expense. The Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairman must be present when the veterinarian’s recommended treatment is administered.

18. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be

required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with

these items, to sign for their check.

 

CLASSES

1. Pen of Three

2. Scramble Class *

3. Less than 1/2 Brahman 10 – 12 months of age

4. Less than 1/2 Brahman 12 – 16 months of age

5. Less than 1/2 Brahman 16 – 20 months of age

6. Less than 1/2 Brahman 20 – 24 months of age

7. 1/2 or More Brahman 10 – 12 months of age

8. 1/2 or More Brahman 12 – 16 months of age

9. 1/2 or More Brahman 16 – 20 months of age

10. 1/2 or More Brahman 20 – 24 months of age

11. Non Brahman 10 – 12 months of age

12. Non Brahman 12 – 16 months of age

13. Non Brahman 16 – 20 months of age

14. Non Brahman 20 – 24 months of age

 

BIRTH DATES FOR AGE DIVISIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

10 – 12 months of age April 28, 2016 – June 27, 2016

12 – 16 months of age December 28, 2015 – April 27, 2016

16 – 20 months of age August 28, 2015 – December 27, 2015

20 – 24 months of age April 28, 2015 – August 27, 2015

 

* SPECIAL SCRAMBLE HEIFER SHOW RULES

 

1. Scramble Class is open only to 2016 Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Calf Scramble Heifers.

2. Must be entered in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show are required to show in the Scramble Class.

3. Placing in the Scramble Class does not make heifer eligible for Auction.

4. To be eligible for Championship Placings and/or Auction, heifer must also be shown in one of the other Classes 3-14.

5. Exhibitors with Scramble Heifers are excused from participating in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show (Classes 3-14), if they so desire.

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Commercial Heifer Auction Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

JUNIOR COMMERCIAL HEIFER AUCTION RULES

CHAIRPERSON: Raymond Doreck 409-925-7711

CO-CHAIRPERSON: Richard Delesandri 832-435-8804

 

Download JC Heifer Auction Rules

 

DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017

PLACE: Livestock Pavilion

BUYERS DINNER: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 2:00 p.m.

AUCTION: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 

1. The Junior Commercial Heifer Auction will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., in the Livestock Pavilion.

 

2. Buyer is requested to make payment in full at the time of sale. Arrangements for billing must be made prior to the sale. All payments for heifers must be made to the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. who will in turn, pay the Exhibitor.

 

3. All heifers showing in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show are eligible for the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction and are subject to Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. General Livestock Rules and Regulations.

 

4. A five percent (5%) sales commission will be charged to cover the cost of the Auction. The cost of two (2) pictures for each auction sale entry will be deducted from the exhibitors auction check.

 

5. All Grand Champion, Reserve Champion, Class Champions (1st) and second (2nd) place heifers from classes 3-14, and all Grand Champion and Reserve Champion pen of three (3) heifers must be sold in the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction. There will be NO pull-outs, except as otherwise provided in the Junior Commercial Heifer Show and General Livestock Rules.

 

6. Exhibitors will be allowed to sell only TWO (2) LOTS in the Auction, with no more than one (1) of the lots being a Pen of Three. Example: Exhibitors may sell one (1) Pen of Three OR one (1) Pen of Three and one (1) single heifer OR two (2) single heifers. All Exhibitors must notify the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction Committee Chairperson by Friday, April 28, 2017, by 10:00 p.m. as to which LOT(S) will be sold at Auction. The Heifer Committee retains the right to select, at its discretion, which heifer will be placed in the auction if the exhibitor fails to specify a choice.

 

7. All exhibitors who are not required to sell their heifer in the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction, but wish to be added to the sale sheet, MUST complete and sign an auction release form on the heifer BEFORE 10:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017.

 

8. All Exhibitors must show his/her heifer in the auction ring. If unable to do so, he/she must obtain permission from the Chairperson for a substitute exhibitor to show the animal. (GENERAL LIVESTOCK RULES 18 & 19.)

 

9. Exhibitors selling a heifer(s) in the Junior Commercial Heifer Auction must assist the buyer with the loading of purchased heifer(s) on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

 

10. All Heifers must remain on the Fairgrounds until check-out on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. There

will be no early releases.

 

11. It is MANDATORY that the exhibitor bring a stamped envelope with a “Thank You” letter/card addressed to the buyer and a proof of delivery form (when applicable) to the Fair Office before checks will be released. Checks will be ready for pick up no later than 60 days after the close of the Fair (usually in June) and the checks must be picked up by October 1 of the same year or these funds will be forfeited by the exhibitor and reverted to the scholarship fund. The Fair Office will mail the thank you letters.

 

ALL EXHIBITORS MUST COME TO THE FAIR OFFICE TO SIGN FOR THEIR CHECK.

 

Steer Show Rules

 

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

GALVESTON COUNTY STEER SHOW RULES

COUNTY DIVISION & MARKET DIVISION

CHAIRPERSON: CLAUDIA TIIBALDO

SECRETARY:: DANELLE TIIBALDO

PHONE: (409) 925-7107 or (409) 996-6027

Download Rules HERE

 

VALIDATION & TAG-IN: Saturday,, October 22,, 2016 from 8:00 a..m.. - 11:00 a..m..

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday,, January 26,, 2017 by 6:00 p..m.. at the

Fair Office by 4-H Leaders//Ag Teachers ONLY..

ENTRY FEE: $25..00

CHECK-IN: Monday,, April 24,, 2017 from 4::00 p..m.. to 5:30 p..m..

WEIGH-IN TIME: Weight Cards must be submitted to the check-in table no later than

7:00 pm on Monday,, April 24,, 2017..

JUDGING: Tuesday,, April 25,, 2017 at 7:00 p..m..

MANDATORY Wednesday,, April 26,, 2017 from 9:00 a..m.. - 11:00 a..m..

RELEASE: ALL Steers NOT making the sale..

CHECK-OUT: Auction Steers that will not be used for the Livestock Judging Contestant may be

moved by the Steer Committee to an off site holding location prior to the

Commercial Heifer check-in.. All remaining auction steers will check-out on

Sunday,, April 30,, 2017,, 8::00 a..m.. to 12::00 noon

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair &

Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules

will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the

Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. COUNTY STEERS ONLY: Verification Process:

a) Exhibitor must locate his/her steer within Galveston County.

b) Calf must be seen with mother at the time of verification and be County ear-tagged by the Steer

Committee before exhibitor may take possession.

c) Calves must be born in Galveston County and will require the completion of a Breeders Certificate

which will be kept on file by the Steer Chairperson

d) County calves will be tagged for upcoming fair only and must be county tagged prior to Validation &

Tag In.

3. All steers must be presented for validation and/or ear tagging on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00a.m.

at the Fairgrounds. All steers must be owned by the Exhibitor on this date. Exhibitors must declare whether to

show in the County Division or the Market Division on this date. The County Division validation process will consist

of a) verification of ear-tag, b) nose printing, c) classifying, and d) signing of validation form by exhibitor and

parent/guardian or representative. The Market Division validation process will consist of a) ear-tagging, b) nose

printing, c) classifying, and d) signing of validation form by exhibitor and parent/guardian or representative.

4. Steers which are tagged with an Official Texas Steer Tag approved by the Texas Agriculture Extension Service and

which are the property of the same Exhibitor (as indicated on the official state 4-H or FFA steer validation forms), will

not be required for re-tagging. However, all such steers must be present for recording of the Texas Tag Number,

nose printing, classifying, and signing of validation form by exhibitor and parent/guardian or representative. County

Division:: If tags have been removed for Texas tag,, the original Country tag must be presented with

the steer at tag--in.. ((Also see General Rule #11))

5. The Classifier will be a non-Galveston County Cattleman chosen and approved by the Steer Committee, who will

determine the steer to be either:

AMERICAN: BRAHMA CHARACTERISTICS AND FEATURES MUST BE EXHIBITED,

MUST EXHIBIT AT LEAST THREE (3) OF THESE CHARACTERISTICS: DEWLAP,

EAR, HUMP, OR SHEATH.

EXOTIC: ALL OTHERS.

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The decision of the Classifier at validation and tag-in will be final.

6. An Exhibitor may enter two steers in the County Steer Division and two steers in the Market Steer Division provided

one is exhibited in an American class and one is exhibited in an Exotic Class.

7. For safety reasons, all steers must be de-horned prior to check-in.

8. NO CLIPPING on steers (electric or manual, scissors, razors, knife, etc.) will be allowed once steers are on the

Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc., grounds. No blowers allowed. All steers will be clipped to have no more than

1/4" of hair on any part of the animal's body upon arrival to show grounds. The only exception will be the tail switch.

The switch may be ratted and balled or may be bobbed off. Steers will be checked at the time of check-in for

conformity of the 1/4" or less off hair. All grooming of your cattle before the show must be done in the designated

grooming area only.

9. Steers must weigh a minimum of one thousand (1000) pounds on check-in day at the Fair. All Steers will be

weighed by the exhibitor on the designated scales provided by the Steer Committee. Each exhibitor must

return the weight card to the official check-in table no later than 7:00pm on Monday, April 24, 2017. The

weight card is the INDIVIDUAL OFFICIAL WEIGHT. Once the weight card is turned in, absolutely no changes

can be made. NO EXCEPTIONS.

10. Steers must be halter broke for the Fair and cross-tied with one rope around the neck and one rope from the halter.

Any steer which cannot be handled by the Exhibitor during check-in will automatically be sifted. Any steer which

cannot be handled by the Exhibitor during judging will be removed from the Show Ring and disqualified.

11. No hay for bedding will be allowed. Shavings will be permitted at exhibitors’ expense, but not provided by GCF & R.

Exhibitors’ shavings cannot be stored on the fairgrounds.

12. Stall area for steers must be cleaned by the exhibitor prior to their release. NO steers will be released until the stall

area has been inspected.

13. No steer may be shown that has been artificially filled with any amount of liquid at anytime, once the steer enters the

grounds of the show. The only exception will be a medical problem, such as dehydration, bloat, etc. where a

veterinarian will be consulted by the Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairperson at the owner's expense. The

Livestock Superintendent or Show Chairperson must be present when the veterinarian’s recommended treatment is

administered.

14. Steers will be placed into American or Exotic classes of equal or near equal numbers, according to weight. The

number of classes will be determined by the Steer Committee according to the number of entries at check-in.

15. There will be an American and an Exotic Champion and Reserve Champion in both the County Division and the

Market Division. The County American and County Exotic Champions will compete against the Market American

and Market Exotic Champions for the Overall Grand and Reserve Champion Steer in the 2017 Steer Show.

16. Immediately following the steer judging the top three steers in each class will be re-weighed. Animals having more

than a maximum weight gain of five percent (5%) over the official weight at check-in will be sifted and disqualified.

17. Mandatory release for steers not making the sale is WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Auction Steers that will not be used for the Livestock Judging Contest may be moved by the Steer

Committee to an off site holding location in order to accommodate the check-in of the Commercial Heifers.

All remaining steers will check-out Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Steers left after

12:00 noon will be shipped to a locker plant chosen by the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. at the

expense and responsibility of the owner. Release forms must be signed by the Steer Show Chairperson or

Livestock Superintendent before steers can leave the Fairgrounds.

18. Exhibitors wishing to keep their halters must claim them by 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

HALTERS NOT CLAIMED AT THIS TIME WILL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF GCF&R.

19. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before

Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with these items, to sign for their check.

 

 

Steer & Heifer Clinics

Swine Show Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET SWINE RULES

CHAIRPERSON: James Menotti

PHONE: (281) 732-4190

 

Download Rules HERE

 

 

VALIDATION & TAG-IN: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the

Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00 per head

CHECK-IN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WEIGH-IN TIME: Weight Cards must be submitted to the check-in table no later than 6:30pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

JUDGING: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

ANIMAL RELEASE: Release Forms will be filled out at time of release at the Swine area by Exhibitor, Parent or 4H/Ag Leader on both Monday and Sunday

EARLY RELEASE Monday, April 24, 2017 Exhibitor pick up only 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

All early release for packing companies need to be turned in no later than 9:30 a.m.

Packing Company Pick up only 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

FINAL CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017 Exhibitor Pick up only 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

All releases for packing companies need to be turned in no later than 9:00 a.m.

Packing House final release 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

SWINE LEFT AFTER 12:00 NOON WILL BECOME PROPERTY OF GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All swine must be presented for validation and/or ear-tagging on Sunday, January 15, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. All swine must be owned by the Exhibitor on this date. The validation process will consist of a) ear-tagging, b) recording of ear notching, and c) signing of validation form by exhibitor and parent/guardian or representative.

3. All swine will be subject to ear notching verification at any time.

4. Exhibitors in the Galveston County Market Swine Show may show only one (1) swine, either a market barrow or a market gilt.

5. Check-in will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

6. Pigs must weigh not less than 210 pounds and not more than 280 pounds. NO break will be allowed.

7. All Market Swine will be weighed by the exhibitor on the designated scales provided by the Swine Committee. Each exhibitor must return the weight card to the official check-in table no later than 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The weight card is the INDIVIDUAL OFFICIAL WEIGHT. Once the weight card is turned in, absolutely no changes can be made. NO EXCEPTIONS.

8. Pens will be assigned to clubs and chapters at the time of Check-in. No moving of animals from assigned pens will be allowed without prior permission of the Swine Chairperson. Only exhibitor, a parent/guardian and/or a leader will be allowed in the swine area at the time of check-in/ the weighing of animals.

9. Shavings will be permitted as bedding in swine pens. GCF&R will furnish one bag of shavings per pen, at time of check-in. Additional shavings may be used at exhibitors’ expense. Exhibitors’ shavings cannot be stored on the fairgrounds. No Hay to be put in pens.

10. NO CLIPPING on swine (electric or manual) will be allowed once swine are on the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. grounds. Pigs must be checked-in and shown clean. Only water based show products as a dressing.

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No oil, paint, or any other substance will be permitted on the pigs. Each pig will be checked at the entry gate and violators of this rule will be disqualified.

11. After check-in of all swine, you will be allowed to feed in the pen on the night before the show and show day only. If you feed in the pen, you must supply your own partition. You must not leave feed and water buckets unattended! The use of PVC pipe waterers will be limited to 4” diameter pipe up to 4 feet long. The waterer must be firmly secured to pen. If sharing a pen with another exhibitor a partition must be installed at all times if using PVC pipe waterer. The Livestock Committee will not be responsible for injuries related to use of PVC pipe waterers in Swine pens. Failure to comply, as determined by the Swine Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent, will result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee.

12. Market swine will be broken into 9 classes of equal or near equal numbers according to weight.

13. Only Exhibitors, Ag teachers, or 4-H Club swine leaders will be allowed in the Swine Barn during the Show. Teachers and Leaders MUST be wearing designated badges to be admitted. Only Exhibitors and show officials will be allowed in the Show Ring during the show.

14. The top three (3) swine in each class will be re-weighed. (Any hog weighing more than ten (10) pounds of the individual official weight will be disqualified. If a hog is disqualified, the class placing will move up one place.)

15. The top 8 swine in each class must remain on the fairgrounds. Remaining exhibitors have the option of removing their pigs from the Fairgrounds at early release from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. for Exhibitor pick up only and 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. f or Packing Company pick up on Monday, April 24, 2017. Exhibitors wishing to remove animals at this time must obtain a signed early release form from the Swine Committee Chairperson at the Swine Loading Area. EARLY RELEASE FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 AT 8:00 AM. All swine removed from the Fairgrounds after judging becomes the sole responsibility of the Exhibitor. If not released Monday morning, they MUST remain on the Fairgrounds until check-out on Sunday, April 30, 2017, Exhibitor pick up from 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m followed by Packing House pick up 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Swine left after 12:00 Noon will become property of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc.

16. The Livestock Committee reserves the right to use any swine for the participation in the Pee Wee Swine Show to be held during the fair. The committee will select the swine to be used during the show. No Grand & Reserve Champion Swine will be used.

17. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before

Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with these items, to sign for their

check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Goat Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET GOAT RULES

CHAIRPERSON: LARRY CUMBY PHONE: (409) 256-5161

SECRETARY: KARI HAWK (409) 457-4385

Download Rules HERE

 

TAG-IN: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/Ag Teachers ONLY.

CHECK-IN: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

WEIGH-IN TIME: Weight Cards must be submitted to the check-in table no later than 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017

SIFTING: Minimum of 65 pounds - Maximum of 120 pounds’ weight at check-in

JUDGING: Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00

EARLY RELEASE: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All Market Goats to be entered and eligible to show must be the property of the exhibitor, on feed and under the daily care of the exhibitor by December 4, 2016 and will be tagged-in & nose printed on Dec. 4, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Goats must weigh not less than 65 pounds and not more than 120 pounds at check-in on Sunday, April 23, 2017. No weight break will be allowed. All Market Goats will be weighed by the exhibitor on the designated scales provided by the Goat Committee. Each exhibitor must return the weight card to the official check-in table no later than 11:00 a.m. on Sunday April 23, 2017. The weight card is the INDIVIUAL OFFICIAL WEIGHT. Once the weight card is turned in absolutely no changes can be made. NO EXCEPTIONS.

3. Two Market Goats may be entered and shown per exhibitor. An exhibitor having two goats whose weight would place both goats into the same class must place the goat with the heavier weight into the next higher class. If both goats shown by one exhibitor are of the same weight, the exhibitor shall decide which goat is to be placed in the next heaviest class, before the goat will be penned. If both goats are placed into the heaviest class, an eligible stand-in exhibitor may show the goat.

4. Once a goat has checked in, there will be no withdrawing of the goat, because of weight classification.

5. This show is open to any breed or crossbred Female (unbred) or wether goat. Any female showing signs of pregnancy at show will be disqualified (Pregnancy may be determined by the show judge or the Market Goat committee.) Goats must show no signs of udder to testicular development.

6. All Goats must be slick shorn with 3/8 inch of hair or less above the knee or hock joints at check-in. No paint or colored powders are allowed.

7. No clipping or touch ups after arrival are allowed on GCF&R grounds, with any (Electric or Manual - scissors, razors, knives etc.) appliances. Absolutely No Blowers are allowed.

8. ALL GOATS MUST BE DE-HORNED. Absolutely No tying up of goats allowed in pens and must remain in assigned pens unless authorized by Goat Chairperson or Livestock Superintendent.

9. Exhibitors will be allowed to use halters or collars in the show ring.

10. Bedding (shavings) will be allowed in the goat pens at the exhibitors’ expense. Exhibitors’ shavings may not be stored on the fairgrounds.

11. Goats will be placed into classes of equal or near equal numbers according to weight. The number of classes will be determined according to the number of entries at check-in.

12. The top five (5) goats in each class will be re-weighed. Animals having more than a maximum weight gain of five percent (5%) over the official weight at check-in will be sifted and disqualified.

13. The top eight (8) goats in each class, including, the Grand and the Reserve Champions will not be released until Sunday, April 30, 2017. All others may be released on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

14. Exhibitors’ will be responsible for feeding and watering their goat and keeping the stall and goat area clean at all times, until checked out. There will be no FEEDING OR WATERING in the goat pens, except after early release on Tuesday, with permission from all other exhibitors in the same pen. There is to be no feed left in the pen while unattended. No Hay will be allowed in pens at any time. However, hay will be allowed in the feeding area.

15. No washing of animals is allowed in front of pens. You must take your animal(s) to the wash rack located north of the Livestock Pavilion.

16. No use of hand held electronic devices such as hot shots, etc. is allowed on your animal(s) before or during the show.

17. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with

these items, to sign for their check.

 

 

 

Market Lamb Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET LAMB RULES

CHAIRPERSON: RENEE’ WARE

PHONE:  (409) 938-4894

Download Rules HERE

 

NOSE PRINT, TAG-IN &

TOOTHING: Sunday, December 04, 2016, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

CHECK-IN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WEIGH-IN: Weight Cards must be submitted to the check-in no later than 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017

SIFTING: Minimum of 90 pounds weight

JUDGING: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 12:30p.m.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00

EARLY RELEASE: Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All lambs will be tagged-in, nose printed, and toothed on Sunday, December 04, 2016 from

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. Lambs will be toothed on date of tag-in. Lambs must have both central temporary incisors in place with no permanent incisors showing when toothed.

3. Lambs must weigh not less than 90 pounds at check-in, Saturday, April 22, 2017. All Market Lamb will be weighed by the exhibitor on the designated scales provided by the Lamb Committee. Each exhibitor must return the weight card to the official check-in table no later than 11:30am on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The weight card is the INDIVIUAL OFFICIAL WEIGHT. Once the weight card is turned in, absolutely no changes can be made. NO EXCEPTIONS.

4. Each exhibitor is entitled to enter and show two (2) lambs in the 2017 Galveston County Fair, either ewe or wether lamb.

5. Bedding (shavings) will be allowed in lamb pens at exhibitor’s expense. Exhibitor’s shavings cannot be stored on the fairgrounds.

6. Absolutely no tying of lambs allowed in pens. Lambs must remain in assigned pens unless authorized by the Lamb Chairperson or Livestock Superintendent to be moved to a different pen.

7. No paint or colored powders are allowed. All blankets and/or bodysuits, halters and lead ropes must be removed for check-in.

8. All lambs MUST be shorn 3/8” or less PRIOR TO ARRIVAL on Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Grounds. NO CLIPPING OR TOUCH UPS AFTER ARRIVAL WITH ANY (ELECTRICAL OR MANUAL, SCISSORS, RAZORS, KNIFE OR BLOW DRYERS, ETC.) APPLIANCES.

9. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding and watering their lamb and keeping the stall and lamb barn area clean at all times. There will be NO FEEDING OR WATERING IN THE LAMB PENS. Failure to comply, as determined by the Lamb Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent, will

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result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee. Show boxes and equipment will have a designated area to be assigned by the livestock superintendant and the Lamb Chairperson.

10. Lambs will be placed into classes of equal or near equal numbers, according to weight. The number of classes will be determined according to the number of entries at check-in. An exhibitor having two lambs whose weight would place both lambs into the same class must place the lamb with the heavier weight into the next higher class. If both lambs are placed into the heaviest class, an eligible stand-in exhibitor may show the lamb.

11. The top five (5) lambs in each class will be re-weighed. Animals having more than a maximum weight gain of five percent (5%) over the official weight at check-in will be sifted and disqualified.

12. The top six (6) placing lambs in each class plus the Grand Champion and the Reserve Champion, will not be released until Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All others may be released Monday, April 24, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., provided exhibitor has obtained a signed release from the Lamb Chairperson or Livestock Superintendent.

13. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be

required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office,

with these items, to sign for their check.

 

 

 

 

 

Goat & Lamb Clinics

Market Turkey Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET TURKEY RULES

CHAIRPERSON:  Kristin Socias  (409) 539-0272

CO-CHAIRPERSON:  Wendy Austin  (409) 925-3161

Download Rules HERE

 

ORDER DEADLINE: Friday, September 30, 2016, No later than 4:00 p.m. at the Fair Office

PICK-UP DATE: December 21, In Ed Pickett Hall - Time: To Be Announced

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the

Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per pen

CHECK-IN: Friday, April 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

JUDGING: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Immediately following the Broiler Show.

EARLY RELEASE: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All birds for the 2017 show will be purchased from one hatchery at one time. A minimum order of 10 birds for one exhibitor plus a minimum of an additional 5 birds for each additional sibling listed on a family order is REQUIRED. Exhibitors wishing to show turkeys in the 2017 Fair must purchase turkeys from this shipment. All birds will be wing banded. All wing bands must be checked at pick-up time. Each turkey presented to the Sifting Committee must bear a special coded wing band. The identification number on the band must be one of the same numbers assigned to that individual's poults or their immediate family. Orders for birds are due at the Fair Office by September 30, 2016, NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. Loss of wing band for any reason constitutes disqualification of bird. In the case of family orders, ALL exhibitors names must be on the ORDER FORM to be eligible to show. In addition to this, each child that shows must fill out an Exhibitor Entry form.

3. Extra birds may be available for purchase on a first-come/first-serve basis at pick-up. You must place your name and phone number on a list at pick-up to be eligible to purchase these birds.

4. Each exhibitor is eligible to enter and show two (2) Market Turkeys. An entry (1 bird) must be a HEN. NO TOMS ALLOWED.

5. The judge will sift for show-quality birds at check-in on Friday, April 21, 2017. Each exhibitor will present the bird(s) to judge at time of sift.

6. Birds must be clean and dry before being brought to the Fairgrounds. No cleaning after birds pass the sift. Touch up with a damp cloth only is allowed.

7. No substitute birds will be allowed on the Fairgrounds.

8. Birds are not allowed out of cage after sifting. Cages must be secured to the railing at all times before and after show.

9. All Exhibitors must furnish two (2) rigid cans (preferred a 3lb coffee can) for dry feed and water ONLY. NO trays, other containers, or wet feed are allowed in cage.

10. Each exhibitor must keep feed & water in the pens at all times. Failure to comply, as determined by the Turkey Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent, will result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee.

11. The Fair will furnish litter and cages for entries.

12. Turkeys placing in the top thirty (30) must remain on the Fairgrounds. Non-placing turkeys may be removed from the fairgrounds on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. with a completed Animal Release Form.

13. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with

these items, to sign for their check.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey Order Form

 

2017 TURKEY ORDER FORM

 

ORDER DUE: Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Fair Office NO LATER than 4:00 p.m.

Bring in your order early to avoid missing the deadline.

MONEY DUE: Completed Order Form, together with the money for birds, shall be turned in by due date. Cost will be $5.50 per bird.

 

PICK-UP DATE: December 21, 2016 in Ed Pickett Hall – Time To Be Announced

 

 

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Market Broiler Rules

 

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET BROILER RULES

CHAIRPERSON:  Diana Gaspard

PHONE:  (409) 739-5650

Download Rules HERE

 

ORDER DEADLINE: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at the Fair Office

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the

Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

PICK-UP DATE: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the ED PICKETT HALL

CHECK-IN: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

JUDGING: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m. in the Livestock Pavilion

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per pen

EARLY RELEASE: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. All broilers for the 2017 show will be purchased from one hatchery at one time. Exhibitors wishing to show broilers in the 2017 Fair must purchase broilers from this shipment which will arrive on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Birds will be sold in like numbered lots of 25 birds. Exhibitors or families must buy their birds in increments of 25 birds per exhibitor or family. In the case of family orders, all Exhibitors names must be listed on order forms. All birds will be wing banded. All wing bands must be checked at pick-up time. Broiler committee and Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. will not be re-banding for any reason. The identification number on the band must be one of the same numbers assigned to that individual's poults or their immediate family. Orders for broilers must be turned in to the Fair Office by December 8, 2016, NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. Loss of wing band for any reason constitutes disqualification of bird.

3. Broiler entries are limited to one (1) pen of three (3) birds per exhibitor. Roosters are permitted.

4. The judge will sift for show-quality birds at check-in on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Each exhibitor will present three (3) birds to judge at time of sift. If a bird is sifted one (1) alternate bird must be presented at this time.

5. No cleaning after birds pass the sift.

6. Birds are not allowed out of cage after sifting.

7. All Exhibitors must furnish two (2) one-pound coffee cans for dry feed and water. All coffee cans must be secured with tie wraps or wire. NO trays, other containers, or wet feed are allowed in cage. Exhibitors are responsible for watering and feeding birds. Commercial electrolytes are permitted in water. Failure to comply, as determined by the Broiler Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent, will result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee.

8. The Fair will furnish litter and cages for entries.

9. Absolutely no boxes, feed, or equipment may be stored in or around cages. Items found will be removed by Fair Officials.

10. First (1st) through thirty-fifth (35th) placing pens must remain on the Fairgrounds. Non-placing broilers may be removed from the Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. with a completed Animal Release Form.

11. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with

these items, to sign for their check.

 

2017 MARKET BROILER ORDER FORM

Market Rabbit Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

MARKET RABBIT RULES

CHAIRPERSON:  Lisa Thurmond

(409) 739-0628

DOWNLOAD: Rabbit Rules

DOWNLOAD: Meat Pen Verification Form

 

 

RECOMMENDED BREEDING DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2017

ENTRIES DUE: Thursday, January 26, 2017, by 6:00 p.m. at the Fair Office by 4-H Leaders/ Ag Teachers ONLY.

CHECK-IN: Saturday, April 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

JUDGING: Saturday, April 22, 2017 11:30 a.m.

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per pen (2 pen limit OR 1 single fryer)

EARLY RELEASE: Saturday, April 22, All non-placing pens will be released after the top 35 pens are placed in pens along with the top 5 single fryers, after you are dismissed by Rabbit Chairperson.

CHECK-OUT: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

 

1. All entries for this division will be subject to the General Livestock Rules of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. except where they conflict with the requirements of this division in which case the division rules will prevail. In the event of special circumstances that may arise, or a conflict between rules, decisions of the Show Chairperson and the Livestock Superintendent will be final.

2. At the time of kindling (giving birth), each exhibitor must own the doe or does form which they pick their meat pens and that possession must be in effect at the time the market entries are due but not less than 71 days prior to the meat pen show. Both the doe and babies must be available for random checks any time from 71 days prior to the show until the date of the show. In the event that a doe with a live litter dies, the doe should be temporarily preserved (possibly freezing) and the Rabbit Chairperson immediately notified. The litter may be fostered to another doe and once the death has been verified by the chairperson, the doe may be disposed of.

3. There must be at least one (1) doe per child in order to family tag.

4. All doe’s must be permanently and legibly earmarked as described in rule #6. Doe’s with Major show tattoo’s

must also be earmarked according to rule #6.

5. The rabbit’s location, tattoo, breed and variety must be filled out on the Meat Pen Rabbit Entry Verification Form and turned in to the fair office with the market entry by the Ag. Teacher or the 4H Club Leader. Any entry that is found to have been purchased or given to the exhibitor after the entry was kindled will be removed from the show immediately and all awards won by this entry will be forfeited.

6. All animals must be permanently and legibly earmarked in the left ear. The tattoo is to only contain 3 to 5 numerals 0-9 and/or letters A-Z. The tattoo is to contain no language of a profane or sexual nature. Rabbits not legibly earmarked must be disqualified from the class. Legibility of the earmark is at the discretion of the judge.

7. Rabbit entries will be limited to two (2) meat pens of three (3) fryer rabbits OR one (1) single fryer rabbit not over 70 days of age.

8. Maximum weight per fryer is five (5) pounds. The minimum weight per fryer is three (3) pounds. Each fryer will be weighed upon check-in.

9. Any rabbit found to be diseased will be removed from the show arena immediately. All other ARBA disqualifications will be removed by the judge at the time of judging. One sifted fryer rabbit will disqualify entire pen. No substitutes will be allowed.

10. A registered ARBA judge will be used. Judging will be according to ARBA Standard of Perfection with the exception of the weight of the rabbits. See rule #8.

11. All rabbits in a pen shall be the same breed and that is recognized by the ARBA as a commercial rabbit. No crossbred rabbits will be shown.

12. This is a carrying cage show. Each exhibitor will be responsible for getting their rabbits to and from the judging show table.

13. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding and watering their rabbits and keeping pens clean at all times. Exhibitors must bring their own feed and water containers. Failure to comply, as determined by the Rabbit Chairperson and Livestock Superintendent, will result in removal of the animal from the Fairgrounds, forfeiture of all prizes and awards, and/or further disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. Executive Committee.

14. Absolutely no boxes, feed, or equipment may be stored on floor under cages. Items found under the cages will be removed by Fair Officials.

15. The overall Grand Champion and Reserve Champion rabbits will be selected from the meat pens only.

16. Numerical placing ribbons will be given to the singe fryer rabbits.

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17. All rabbits will be removed from the fairgrounds after the top thirty-five (35) meat pens and the top five (5) single fryers have been placed and penned. All other rabbits must have Release Forms signed the day of the show before removing rabbits from the Fairgrounds. Comment cards may be picked up after the show at the Show Ring.

18. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable) and thank you card (see General Rule #44) will be required before Exhibitor's check can be released. All exhibitors must come to the Fair Office, with

these items, to sign for their check.

 

 

Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc.

Meat Pen Rabbit Entry Verification Form

Chairperson: Lisa Thurmond (409) 739-0628

This form is to be completed by all rabbit exhibitors and turned in to the fair office in conjunction with the market entries by the date set by GCF&R.ONE FORM PER CHILD - For family tag: List all doe’s on each childs form.

 

Animal Ownership: At the time of kindling (giving birth), each exhibitor must own the doe or does from which they pick their meat pens and that possession must be in effect at the time the market entries are due but not less than 71 days prior to the meat pen show. Both the doe and babies must be available for random checks any time from 71 days prior to the show until the date of the show. In the event that a doe with a live litter dies, the doe should be temporarily preserved (possibly freezing) and the Rabbit Chairperson immediately notified. The litter may be fostered to another doe and once the death has been verified by the chairperson, the doe may be disposed of. The rabbit’s location, tattoo, breed, and variety must be filled out on the Meat Pen Rabbit Entry Verification Form and turned in to the fair office with the market entry by the Ag Teacher or the Club 4-H Leader.

 

 

DOWNLOAD: Meat Pen Rabbit Entry Verification Form

Scramble Rules

Scramble Monthly Report Form

 

2017

GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

P.O. Box 889  Santa Fe, Texas  77510

Phone: 409-986-6010  Fax: 409-986-6490

 

 

SCRAMBLE ANIMAL PROJECT MONTHLY REPORT

This report is to be submitted monthly from the time you receive your animal until after the Fair . Bring the original ready to mail to your sponsor and a copy for the Scramble Committee to the Fair Office by the 10th of each month. You should also give a copy to your 4-H Leader or Ag Teacher and keep one for your record book. Native pasture should be charged at a rate of $2.00 per month and planted pasture at a rate of $3.00 per month. NO charge should be made for labor.

 

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Junior Livestock Auction Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION RULES

CHAIRMAN: Bruce Rehm

AUCTION DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Buyer's Reception 4:00 p.m. & Auction 6:00 p.m.

 

Download Livestock Auction Rules Here.

 

1. The sale of market animals sold during the week of the fair or commitments made in the name of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo will be handled through the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc., Office. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

2. All animals making the Auction MUST sell in the Junior Livestock Auction. However, exhibitors are allowed to sell only two (2) entries in the Junior Livestock Auction, with no more than one (1) of the animals being of the same species.

3. Upon completion of exhibitor's last show, any exhibitor having more than two (2) animals eligible for the Auction must complete an Auction Drop Certificate to specify which animal will not be sold. The Auction Committee retains the right to select, at its discretion, which two (2) animals will be placed in the Auction if the exhibitor fails to complete an Auction Drop Certificate.

4. Exhibitor, parent, guardian, or responsible party shall NOT approach Buyer for special considerations. Exhibitors selling in the Auction are PROHIBITED from making any substitutions of items sold.

5. The number of livestock from each division, to be sold through the Auction, will be determined by the Auction Committee.

6. The sale order for each division will be as follows: Overall Grand Champion; Overall Reserve Champion of each breed will be sold first. Exception: If an exhibitor has both Grand & Reserve of the same division, only the Grand Champion will sell. Then, in descending order, top placings in each class will be sold until the allotted number has been reached.

7. A sale order will be posted. It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to be in place at the Auction gate when called. Failure to appear when called will result in that lot being sold, regardless.

8. Only the exhibitor will be allowed on the Auction stage during the sale of each animal. If a substitute exhibitor is required due to No Pass - No Play, only the substitute exhibitor is allowed on the Auction stage during the sale of that animal.

9. Buyer Gift baskets may not contain alcoholic beverages.

10. Any animal sold through the Auction becomes the sole property of the Buyer. However, each exhibitor will be responsible to feed and care for the animal for the duration of the Fair until the animal is released from the Fairgrounds. Any animal that is sold in the Auction is NOT eligible for a commitment.

11. It is requested that all Buyers pay for purchased animals at the time of the sale, unless approved arrangements have been made prior to sale. Payment should be made directly to Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc. All Buyers MUST designate the destination of all animal(s) bought at the time of purchase.

12. Any exhibitor who has sold an animal MUST pick-up a copy of the completed auction sale form or commitment form from the Livestock Office beginning at 12 noon Friday, April 28, 2017.

13. Exhibitors will pay a five (5) percent commission on any exhibited animal that is sold through Auction. Cost of two (2) pictures for each Auction sale entry will be deducted from the Auction check.

14. Commitment forms accompanied by payment in full will be charged a three (3) percent commission. All other commitments will be charged a five (5) percent commission.

15. It is MANDATORY that the exhibitor bring a stamped envelope with a “Thank You” letter/card addressed to the buyer and a proof of delivery form (when applicable) to the Fair Office before checks will be released. Checks will be ready for pick up no later than 60 days after the close of the Fair (usually in June) and the checks must be picked up by October 1 of the same year or these funds will be forfeited by the exhibitor and reverted to the scholarship fund. The Fair Office will mail the thank you letters.

ALL EXHIBITORS MUST COME TO THE FAIR OFFICE TO SIGN FOR THEIR CHECK.

16. Following the Auction, all exhibitors MUST display Buyer's cards over their animals pens. These must be in place no later than noon on Thursday, April 27, 2017. There will be a committee assigned to make sure this is done. Buyers Cards are to remain displayed for the duration of the Fair.

17. ALL exhibitors MUST have met all divisional and general livestock rules.

18. The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc., will not be responsible for purchasing animals at the auction nor will the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc., be responsible for purchasing animals whose price does not meet the commitment price.

 

 

 

 

Commitment Rules

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2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

 

JUNIOR LIVESTOCK COMMITMENT RULES

 

1. The sale of market animals sold by commitment will be handled through the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Inc., Office. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. ALL exhibitors MUST have met all divisional and general livestock rules.

2. Each exhibitor will be responsible to feed and care for the animal for the duration of the Fair until the animal is released from the Fairgrounds. A Completed animal release is required to remove your animal from the fairgrounds for all check outs. Any animal that is sold in the Auction is NOT eligible for a commitment.

3. Commitment forms will be accepted:

Prior to the Fair: in the Fair Office (Brick building at Main Entrance) until 5 pm on Thursday, April 20th.

During the Fair: in the Livestock Office (across from the Livestock Pavilion Show Ring) from 5 pm Friday, April 21st until 1 pm on Friday, April 28th. Forms will not be accepted in the Livestock Office after 1 pm Friday, April 28th, but may be brought in after the fair to the Fair Office.

After the Fair: in the Fair Office from Monday, May 1st until Thursday, May 18th during regular office hours.

4. Exhibitors may sign up for an Open Commitment AFTER the end of the class in which they were shown. You may not sign up prior to the showing of your animal or if you have placed high enough to sell in the Auction. Remember, signing up for an Open Commitment does not guarantee that a commitment will be issued to all who need one.

5. Exhibitors are responsible for checking the commitment lists that are posted outside of the Livestock Office after 3pm Thursday, April 27th to see if a commitment has come in or been issued to that exhibitor. These lists will be updated daily through Sunday, April 30th. If your name is on the commitment list you must check with the Livestock Office after noon on Friday, April 28th to get a copy of the commitment for destination instructions (where to deliver the animal) and Buyer information for your thank you card.

6. Exhibitors are responsible for making sure the commitment animal gets to their destination. If your destination instructions say you must deliver the animal to the buyer, a packing house or a charity then you must call and make arrangements to do so. Remember to get a Proof of Delivery Form signed when you deliver the animal.

7. Commitment forms accompanied by payment in full will be charged a three (3) percent commission. All other commitments will be charged a five (5) percent commission.

8. Exhibitors' checks will be ready for pick-up by the exhibitor (signature required) no later than sixty (60) days after the close of the Fair (usually in June) and CHECKS MUST BE PICKED UP BY OCTOBER 1 OF THE SAME YEAR OR THESE FUNDS WILL BE FORFEITED BY THE EXHIBITOR AND REVERTED TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND. A Proof of Delivery Form (when applicable), a completed W9 form with the exhibitor’s name as it is on his/her social security card, address and social security number along with a stamped envelope with a thank you letter/card addressed to the Buyer MUST be received by the Fair Office before checks will be issued.

 

 

 

 

 

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Livestock Judging Rules

2017 GALVESTON COUNTY FAIR & RODEO, INC.

LIVESTOCK JUDGING RULES

CHAIRPERSON: JAMEY WARE - 409-938-4894

 

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ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per person

REGISTRATION: Registration will take place the day of the contest,

                            Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the Livestock Pavilion.

JUDGING TIME: Saturday, April 29, 2017, beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m.

AWARDS: Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Livestock Pavilion 1 hour following contest.

 

1. All contestants must be bona fide 4-H or FFA members and will be subject to current provisions of the Texas House Bill #72 and State Board of Education Rule 19TAC97.113 (No Pass-No Play). It is not required to submit an eligibility form to the livestock judging committee.

 

2. There will be a Junior and Senior Division. Junior Division consists of ages 8 - 13, Senior Division consists of ages 14 - 19, as of day of the contest. Teams will be classified by the age of the oldest member.

 

3. Teams may be made up of 3 or 4 members. For four member teams, the lowest score of the team will be dropped from team scores.

 

4. Contestants will be allowed 6 minutes per class. Eight (8) classes will be judged. Two (2) class of questions.

 

5. Any late or incorrectly marked scorecards that are turned in for scoring will be disqualified.

 

6. No score cards will be returned.

 

7. All participants must comply with the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. General Rules and Regulations, unless otherwise specified.

 

8. The Livestock Committee reserves the right to use any animal for the participation in the Livestock Judging contest to be held during the Fair (See General Rule #41). On the day of the Livestock Judging Contest, absolutely NO youth exhibitors will be allowed in the Livestock Pavilion from 7:00 am until the conclusion of the contest (approximately 10:30 – 11:00 am). Exhibitors may feed their animal before 6:45am or after 11:00am when the contest is over. A parent may feed after 9am.

 

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