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BEEF DEPARTMENT

Superintendent: Josh Laymon

Senior Fair Board: Jim Ruhl - Chairman

Junior Fair Board: Sean Magers & Luke McKee

 

Arrival Time:

Saturday, July 22nd from 6:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Vet will be on gate duty from 6:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

All animals are to be in their pen by 3:00 p.m.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

Barn Meeting:

Saturday, July 22, 3:30 p.m., Swine Arena

 

Weigh-in: Beef Feeders,Market Beef, and Market Dairy Steers

Saturday, July 22, following Dairy Market Feeder Weigh-In, Multi-Purpose Building

  • Weight limits: Beef Feeders - 250 to 600 pounds, Market Beef - minimum 900 pounds, Market Dairy Steers - minimum 1000 pounds.

  • The animals will be weighed on a one-pound break.

  • All weights are final at the time of weigh-in.  No re-weigh of animals will be permitted.

  • Beef Feeders, Market Beef and Market Dairy Steers will be classed by weight.

 

Check-In:  Breeding Beef

Saturday, July 21, Beef Barn

  • All entries will be checked at their pens. Exhibitors must be by their pens with proper and completed papers.  

Show - Market Dairy Steer

Tuesday, July 24, immediately following the Dairy Market Feeder Show, Multi-Purpose Building

  • You may tag up to 3 market animals.  You can show up to 2 Market Dairy Steers or show one Market Beef and one Market Dairy Steer.  

  • Market Beef and Market Dairy Steers must be in possession by the tagging date in December and cared for until release time at the fair.

  • All steers must be dehorned, castrated (no viable testicular tissue) and broke to lead before the December tagging.

  • All animals must be broke to lead and wear a halter in order to show.

  • Market Dairy Steers must be of 100% dairy breed.  The recognized dairy breeds are Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn.

  • Verification of parentage must be available if requested by the Junior Fair Coordinator or Senior Fair Board.

Show - Beef Feeder

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m., Multi-Purpose Building

  • You may tag up to 2 Beef Feeders. You can show only one.

  • Exhibitor must have ownership of Beef Feeder by May 1 and cared for until release time at the fair.

  • All Beef Feeders must be dehorned and bulls castrated (no viable testicular tissue) and broke to lead by the tagging date in June.

  • All animals must be broke to lead and wear a halter in order to show.

  • Beef Feeders must be of 100% beef breed.

  • Verification of parentage must be available if requested by the Junior Fair Coordinator or Senior Fair Board.

Show - Market Beef

Tuesday, July 24, immediately following the Beef Feeder Show

Sponsored by: 

  • You may tag up to 3 market animals.  You can show up to 2 Market Beef or show one Market Beef and one Market Dairy Steer.  

  • Market Beef and Market Dairy Steers must be in possession by the tagging date in December and cared for until release time at the fair.

  • All steers must be dehorned, castrated (no viable testicular tissue) and broke to lead before the December tagging.

  • All animals must be broke to lead and wear a halter in order to show.

 

Showmanship - Market Beef

Wednesday, July 25, immediately following Market Dairy Steer Showmanship

  • Exhibitors may use a Beef Feeder, Market Beef or Beef Breeding project in showmanship.

  • See General Junior Fair Information.

 

Showmanship - Market Dairy Steer

Market Dairy Steer Showmanship –Wednesday, July 25, at 9:00 A.M.

  • See General Junior Fair Information.

 

Show - Beef Breeding  

Wednesday, July 25, immediately following the Beef Showmanship Show, Multi-Purpose Building

  • You may show up to 4 breeding animals. Only one entry per class.

  • The cow and her calf will show together as one entry.

  • If either the cow or the calf is a cross breed they must show in the cross class.

  • Heifer calves may also show in the appropriate breeding class.

  • All champion and reserve breed champions will compete for supreme champion female.

  • Beef animals must be in possession of the exhibitor by May 1 and cared for until release time at the fair.

 

Sale - Market Beef/Market Dairy Steer 

See 2018 Junior Fair Sales Information Section

 

Release Times for Animals Not Going Through the Sale:

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 a.m. (Market Beef/Market Dairy Steers going to United Producers)

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. (Market Beef/Market Dairy Steers going to a processing facility)

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m. (Market Beef/Market Dairy Steers/Beef Feeders/Breeding Beef going home)

KNOX COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR ENTRY INFLORMATION

Beef Breeding:

 

Class Description Age Definition

Junior Calf - Calved between January 1 and March, 31, 2018

Winter Calf - Calved between October 1 and December 31, 2017

Senior Calf - Calved between August 1 and September 30, 2017

Summer Yearling - Calved between May 1 and July 31, 2017

Spring Yearling - Calved between March 1 and April 30, 2017

Junior Yearling - Calved between January 1 and February 29, 2017

Senior Yearling - Calved between September 1 and December 31, 2016

Cow/Calf - Calf born in present year.  

 

Beef Breed Code Abbreviations:

Angus - AN

Chianina - CH

Hereford - HE

Limousin - LI

Maine-Anjou - MA

Shorthorn - SH

Simmental - SI

Cross - CR

Other Breed - OT  

 

Market Beef - Knox County Cattlemen's Association Sponsored Events

Home, Bred and Raised 

  • The exhibitor or immediate family member (mom, dad, brother, or sister) must have ownership of the cow prior to birth of the calf.  

  • There will be one class to recognize Home Bred & Raised Market Beef animals.  Underweight market beef animals are not able to participate.  

  • Rules of junior fair tagging and possession apply to this class.

  • Entries will be available during junior fair entries in June.

  • Awards to be determined by the Knox County Cattlemen's Association.

 

Herdsman Award

  •  Judging Criteria: 

    • Cleanliness and neatness of general exhibit area (feed, trunk, aisle, etc.). 

    • Care of animals (clean and well groomed). 

    • Cooperation with others (fair officials, other exhibitors and fair visitors). 

    • Effort put forth by individual. 

    • Sportsmanship

  • Awards to be determined by the Knox County Cattlemen's Association.

 

Rate of Gain Contest

  • All animals weighing in during the December tagging will be eligible for the rate of gain contest.

  • Finished weights will be weights taken during weigh-in at the Knox County Fair.

  • This award will be presented during the Market Beef Show.

 

Carcass Contest

  • Market Beef animals will be scanned during weigh-in at the Knox County Fair.

  • The commodity group will pay for the cost of one animal.  If exhibitor wishes to have a second animal scanned it will be done at the expense of the exhibitor.

  • Awards to be determined by the Knox County Cattlemen's Association.

 

Knox County Cattlemen's Association Sponsored Events 

 

Cattle Costume Fun Show

1. Monday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building

 

Class A:  Celebrity Costume Class  

(contestant collecting most money wins)

  • 6-8 local celebrities will be entered in this class the crowd’s donations will select the winner. 

Class B:   Junior Costume Class 

  •  Any 4-H or FFA member may enter their beef or dairy steer, feeder calf or breed stock for a $5 entry fee.  

    • Participants will be broken into age groups based upon number of entries.  Entries will be taken at the fair during weigh in on Saturday.

    • Prizes will be awarded to class winners.

    • All proceeds will be held by the Knox County Cattlemen for improvements to the Junior Fair Cattle Program.

Market Dairy Steer - Knox County Dairy Service Unit Sponsored Events

 

Bred, Born and Raised on the Farm (BBR)

  • The exhibitor or immediate family member (mom, dad, brother, sister) must have ownership of the cow prior to birth of the calf.  

  • There will be one class to recognize Bred, Born and Raised Market Dairy Steers.  

  • Rules of junior fair tagging and possession apply to this class.

  • Entries will be available during junior fair entries in June.

  • Awards to be determined by the Knox County Dairy Service Unit.

 

Rate of Gain Contest

  • All animals weighing in during the December tagging will be eligible for the rate of gain contest.

  • Finished weights will be weights taken during weigh-in at the Knox County Fair.

  • This award will be presented during the Market Dairy Steer Show.

 

Carcass Contest

  • Market Dairy Steer animals will be scanned during weigh-in at the Knox County Fair.

  • The commodity group will pay for the cost of one animal.  If exhibitor wishes to have a second animal scanned it will be done at the expense of the exhibitor.