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General Livestock Information

  1. Because there is no split week for livestock, it may be necessary to limit the number of livestock due to the limited stable space. Entries must be received by August 1. Entries will be accepted on a first received basis. Depending upon the number of entries, it may also be necessary to restrict the number of animals an exhibitor may show. Entrants will be notified within one week as to the number of livestock that can be shown at the Fair.

  2. All successful entrants must have livestock on the fairgrounds by Tuesday, at 12:00 noon. 4-H and FFA Market animals must arrive for weigh-in on Monday, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. unless prior arrangements are made or an emergency arises. Contact Darlene Resh at 334-6271.  Livestock may not be removed before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday at the end of the Fair.

  3. Department chairpersons will decide pen assignments. Any disputes will be resolved by members of the South Mountain Fair Association Board of Directors, whose decision will be final.

  4. Exhibitors are expected to display or parade the animals as directed by the Superintendent; to accept the stall assigned without controversy; to keep the animals in an attractive appearance; and to cooperate with the Department in order to increase the educational value of the show. Be sure to use only grooming products that are approved for use on meat and dairy animals when fitting your animals for show. Unapproved products may contain ingredients that result in unacceptable residues in the meat or milk. If uncertain whether a product is residue safe and approved for use on meat or dairy animals, do not use it. Important - If upon slaughter, treatment with drugs, biologics or any chemical from fitting products is the cause of condemnation of a carcass, the loss of the carcass and any other damages will be borne by the exhibitor.

  5. Livestock exhibitors are responsible for knowing when livestock is judged. Stock must be in the ring promptly when called. Failure to comply may result in the exhibitor being disqualified.

  6. The entry fee for all youth showing dairy or beef cattle is $3.00 per animal. The entry fee for all youth showing sheep, swine or goats is $2.00 per animal. Check the individual department rules for more information.

  7. 4-H and FFA members showing in the dairy class are restricted to two animals per project. Members showing in the sheep, swine, or goat classes should see exception under those departments.

  8. If a 4-H or FFA member wishes to exhibit in the open classes, it will be necessary to pay the standard entry fee with no limitation as to the number of animals that may be shown.

  9. No market animal may be dual entered as a breeding animal for any species.

  10. The entry fee for all open dairy or beef cattle is $6.00 per animal. The entry fee for all open sheep, swine or goats is $4.00 per animal.  Entries close August 1.

  11. Exhibitors must keep occupied space clean and sanitary, and remove all equipment promptly as directed by the Superintendent.

  12. The exhibitor must furnish feed and bedding. No extra feed, bedding, or equipment may be stored in the barns. These items must be kept elsewhere in trailers, etc. The exhibitor must feed and care for their livestock.

  13. Please use the proper entry form for livestock. A Livestock Entry Form for beef cattle entries, a dairy form for dairy cattle, and an entry form for sheep, goats, and swine are each included in this book or entry forms may be obtained from the Fair web site. Send all entries and fees to the department chairpersons. The South Mountain Fair Association reserves the right to limit entries based upon available space.

  14. The South Mountain Fair Association is not responsible for any loss of or injury to livestock or exhibitors.

  15. All dairy and beef animals must be broken to lead.

  16. All registration and health papers are reviewed upon arrival at the fairgrounds and before unloading.

  17. All 4-H and FFA members must be Adams County residents.

  18. Dairy entries are limited to 15 head per family, and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  19. To avoid traffic congestion, exhibitors must park vehicles and livestock trucks in designated parking areas on the fairgrounds during fair hours.

  20. The South Mountain Fair Association is requiring proof of vaccinations for animals exhibited at the fair. Upon arrival, and prior to unloading, health papers must be provided.

  21. A unique and permanent ear tag, tattoo, brand or record of unique physical attribute shall identify all animals admitted to the fair. Animals infected with or exposed to any contagious, infectious or external parasitic disease, and animals restricted to quarantine may not be assembled for show purposes.

  22. All animals admitted to the fair must comply with applicable State (7 PA code) and/or Federal (9CFR) rules. See the department rules for specific health rules pertaining to each of the species.

  23. Animals presented for exhibition will be subject to inspection by show officials and will be rejected if evidence of infectious, contagious or parasitic disease is apparent, or if health certification or identification documentation is not acceptable.

  24. The South Mountain Fair Association reserves the right to accept or refuse any or all entries.

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