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About the Goat Project

Designed for those 4-H members who want to learn more about raising goat animals whether it would be for milk production, mohair, meat production, pets or packing.

Members will receive a printed resource manual when they sign up for a goat project.

About the Sheep Project

Designed to help members gain knowledge and skills in managing and caring for sheep. Members will learn about the modern sheep industry by caring for a lamb or managing a sheep herd.

Members will receive a printed resource manual when they sign up for a sheep project.

Links/Quick References:

Market Sheep/Goat Nominations BCF Jr Livestock Market Sale
Scrapies Tags

Market Goat/Sheep Nominations for County Fair

WHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn C 

Process:

  1. Be prepared-
    1. Fill out the tag-in form. It is also available at the 4-H Extension website
    2. Going to CO state fair? This is an additional form to be filled out. Pick up the form in advance at the Extension office OR at tag-in night
    3. Advise the 4-H office if you plan to attend any additional livestock shows which require DNA (hair sample) to be collected. (Aksarben in Nebraska- pay fees $6 per animal)
  2. Tag Fees-
    1. There is a $3.00 fee for each tag. Audra will be collecting the fees and will be located mid aisle.
  3. Traffic Flow- see attached diagram
    1. Enter from the SOUTH fairground entrance to the Pole Barn
    2. Left at the Pole Barn and around the North side of Barn A
    3. LEFT on Midway down to BARN C
    4. There are 2 WEST side entry points
    5. Exit on EAST side when tag-in, paperwork, and fees are paid
  4. If we are unable to tag or retail scan in vehicle or trailer there will be 2 pens setup to hold your market animal

NOMINATION CARDS:

Fill out one nomination card (county OR state) for each animal. State fair cards also qualify for county fair. You will need to know your project animal’s breed, sex and birth date.
Pay a $3.00 nomination fee per animal. Fee covers the cost of tags, tag equipment, scale equipment retinal scanning equipment and helps supplement funds for fair awards. Remember to include fee in your record book.

Tag-In Form for Sheep

Tag-In Form for Market Goat

EAR TAGS:

Establish the ownership of each animal. Each project animal is required to be owned and nominated to one specific exhibitor. In other words, siblings must specify ownership of each animal and may not share or swap animals after Tag-In. For example, goat 101 cannot be listed as John’s goat and later trans-ferred to his sister, Mary.
Fill out Tag Number on Nomination Card. After animal has been tagged by a volunteer, check that the correct tag number is now listed on the nomination card for that animal.

WEIGH:

Push your animal(s) through the shoot to the scale. It is highly recommended that your animal have a halter or collar on when going through the scale.
Hand your completed Nomination Card to the volunteer at the scale. Check that the tag # on the card matches the tag # on the animal that is on the scale.
Note: Male market animals must be castrated or banded and all ewes and does must have scrapie tags in place by the May tag-in. Market goats must be dehorned or have horns “tipped” before exhibiting.

RETINAL SCAN:

Bring each animal individually to the designated pen for retinal scanning. Retinal scanning is required to be eligible for market sheep and goat classes at the Boulder County Fair and Colorado State Fair. Retinal scanning works like a finger print to provide precise identification of an animal in case a tag is lost or questions arise. All Champion and Reserve Market Goats and Sheep will be scanned at the Boulder County Fair to verify identity.

Scrapies Tags

How do I get scrapies tags for my Sheep or Goats?

To request your FREE tags and tagger, just call 866-USDA-TAG (866-873-2824).

If you are planning on exhibiting/selling any female sheep/goats; sexually intact male sheep/goats OR own any sheep/goats older than 18 months old in Colorado you will need tags. It is recommended to have tags in place by Market Nomination day so you know you are good for fair and required to be eligible to show/sell goats or sheep at the Boulder County Fair.