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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The LCJrLS endorses the IAFE's Code of Show Ring Ethics

  • 4-H, FFA, Grange and Independent members, leaders, advisors, and parents/guardians must comply with the rules, regulations and policies identified below in the General Rules and Regulation for the Lyon County Junior Livestock Show (http://www.unce.unr.edu/4H/counties/lyon/)
  • They must also follow the 2017 Nevada Junior Livestock Show Rules and Information Book (http://agri.nv.gov/Administration/NJLSB/NJLSB_Rules/)
  • The LCJrLS, due to its proximity to and serving as a "qualifying show" for NJLS, generally mirrors NJLS rules, but LCJrLS Management supervises this event. Show Management is currently UNCE-Lyon County 4-H staff and FFA Advisors, with the input from 4-H Leaders and youth exhibitors.

  1. 4-H Members must be enrolled in the current 4-H year on or before the initial weigh-in and NJLS Tagging day to be eligible to exhibit a 4-H market animal project.
    1. 4-H member must be 9 years old before January 1st and not 20 before January 1st.

    1. Beef - Owned by December 1 of the previous year
    2. Sheep, Swine, Goats and Turkeys - Owned March 1 of the year exhibiting
  3. UNCE-Lyon County personnel, FFA Advisors, Grange and Independent leaders are expected in a positive, courteous, professional manner (Commitment to Excellence/Code of Conduct). Parent(s)/Guardians(s) and the general public are asked to model the attitudes, behavior and conduct befitting a 4-H or FFA youth development activity.
  4. Participants are responsible for securing their own livestock projects. Assistance may be received from parents, 4-H Leaders/Volunteers, UNCE/4-H personnel, FFA Advisors, etc.
  5. Entry forms for LCJrLS and monies are due to the 4-H office by 5:00pm Friday March 9th.
    LCJrLS make checks payable to Lyon County 4-H Leader's Council and fees are as followed:
    $20 per Market & Showmanship Animal
    $10.00 per Showmanship Animal (showmanship animal not tagged with NJLS #)
    See the NJLS rule book for those entry fees and forms
  6. All youth participants must care for their own livestock. Livestock must be kept at a location close enough to home to be cared for on a daily basis, as needed for proper care of an animal.
  7. All participants (4-H, FFA, Grange, Independent) are required to submit a Livestock Market Project Record for each animal that is to be shown that meets the requirements set by UNCE-Lyon County 4-H and National FFA. All participants must turn in their project record(s) to the UNCE-Lyon County 4-H Office on Friday, April 6, 2018 by 5:00pm.
    1. Incomplete or late Livestock Project Record will not be eligible for awards.
    2. 4-H Livestock Record "BOOK". 4-H participants are to complete the 4-H Market Project Record and are urged to complete the "BOOK" which should include and be assembled in the manner suggested in the "Portfolio Guidelines". 4-H youth who submit a "BOOK" will be eligible for their pin/numerical guard.
    3. The 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor signature on the livestock record verifies completion of all requirements. Parent/guardian of Independent and/or Grange participants fall under the classification of leaders. Therefore, they are responsible so sign off on completion of livestock records.
    4. Members will not show at the LCJrLS if Livestock Project Records are not turned in, are late or incomplete. NO EXCEPTIONS
  8. Market animals to be exhibited must be tagged with an NJLS ear tag and weighed prior to the applicable NJLS ownership date.
  9. Each participant may exhibit a maximum of two animals in market classes at the LCJrLS.
  10. LCJrLS is a prequalifying market animal show for NJLS and youth to gain experience at showing their market animal and Showmanship. At the LCJrLS, breeding animals and other animals without an NJLS eat tag are to be shown for Showmanship, ONLY.
  11. UNCE personnel, FFA Advisors or 4-H Leaders are not responsible for transporting livestock to any show nor are they required to chaperone youth at these events. This is the responsibility of the exhibitor's parent/guardian.
  12. Each exhibitor must accompany his or her animal to the LCJrLS and exhibit that animal unless he/she has a written doctor's/school excuse. In this case, the exhibitor will make arrangements to have his/her animal qualified by a UNCE staff member or Advisor. Notification of such shall be provided to the 4-H Coordinator at least five business days prior to LCJrLS.
    1. Lyon County FFA Chapters and UNCE-Lyon County 4-H will not endorse the NJLS entries to youth who fail to show their animals if an excuse is not approved by those entities.
    2. No animal will be exhibited or sold at NJLS that has not first been exhibited at the LCJrLS and received a blue or red ribbon.
    3. The LCJrLS judge(s) has the final decision. Animals receiving white ribbons at the LCJrLS will not be able to exhibit at NJLS.
  13. Exhibitors are required to enter their respective Showmanship Class at the LCJrLS. If a youth is participating in Round Robin Showmanship, their animal will be used for the competition (unless considered unsafe by the 4-H Leader, FFA Advisor and/or UNCE personnel).
    1. If a youth is participating in more than one species in Showmanship, they must notify Show Management (LCJrLS) of the specie they would like to use to compete in Round Robin Showmanship immediately following Showmanship Classes and prior to Round Robin competition.
    2. Showmanship only animals must turn in a record book at weigh-in the morning of the show to be eligible to show.
  14. All entries in the LCJrLS are accepted with the understanding UNCE-Lyon County personnel, FFA Advisors, Lyon County School District employees and Lyon County are not held responsible for any loss or damage that might arise to livestock equipment or exhibits.

    Class Minimum Maximum Show Weight Maximum Pay Weight
    Beef 1000 NA 1350
    Market Goat 75 NA 120
    Rabbit 3 5 5
    Sheep 105 NA 150
    Swine 210 285 285
    Turkey-Tom 18 - -
    Turkey-Hen 12 - -
    2. Exhibitors must weigh in at specie time. Late exhibitors may be DISQUALIFIED from the show.
    3. At the LCJrLS, if an animal is under its specie's NJLS minimum market weight, the established daily gain (see below) will be added to its LCJrLS weight for each day until NJLS's weigh-in date. If adding this weight results in the animal reaching its NJLS minimum market weight, it may be exhibited in the respective Market Class. Animals not reaching the NJLS minimum market weight at the LCJrLS will be defaulted into the appropriate LCJrLS Feeder Class (and continue to show in appropriate Showmanship Class).
    4. Established average daily gain:
      1. Beef - 2.5 lbs./day
      2. Goats - 0.3 lbs./day
      3. Sheep - 0.7 lbs./day
      4. Swine - 1.5 lbs./day
    5. All market lambs must be slick shorn from the knee up before the official weigh-in. Fleece not to exceed 0.25 inch stretched wool length. Fleece must be uniform over entire body. Lambs with excess wool will not be weighed or accepted into the LCJrLS or NJLS until shorn to meet satisfaction of Show Management (LCJrLS and NJLS).
  16. All male animals, with the exception of turkeys and rabbits, must be castrated by ownership date.
  17. Nose leads will not be used in steer or heifer classes
  18. Out of state animals, LCJrLS mirrors the rules of NJLS
  19. All 4-H/FFA/Grange/Independent members will provide their own bedding, and before leaving the Lyon County Fairgrounds and Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center (LCJrLS and NJLS respectively), bedding will be removed from pens/stalls and properly disposed of.
    1. At LCJrLS no animals will be allowed to leave until after the award ceremony. If an exhibitor leaves with their animal(s), those awards won will be forfeited.
    2. Before leaving the Lyon County Fairgrounds, each exhibitor has to be checked out with UNCE-Lyon County Personnel.
  20. Official 4-H, FFA, Grange dress is required to exhibit an animal; no hats may be worn in the show ring unless part of official dress. Independent exhibitors will be required to comply with 4-H and/or FFA dress of dark pants, and white, long-sleeved, collared shirt.
  21. Any product administered internally or used externally to alter the conformation of an animal for exhibition is prohibited. This includes the sue of any artificial coloring or substance added to the animal's body, as well as any grooming material that allows color to come off the animal (artificial color is accepted on knees and below). Any false tail switches, tail fins, or false polls will not be allowed.
  22. The bracing of lambs and goats by picking the animal's front legs up off the ground is strictly prohibited. Youth may be dismissed at the discretion of the judge and/or Show Management (LCJrLS and NJLS).
  23. The LCJrLS is for the youth exhibitor. Fitting and grooming, including washing of animals, by an adult without the joint participation of the exhibitor is not allowed. Adult participation or supervision in fitting and grooming of an exhibitor's animal must be performed with the exhibitor doing the work; exhibitor not just hold the animal and watching.

    It is encouraged the assistance provided be given by other youth and NOT by adults.
    Adults should assist in a manner to keep exhibitors and/or animals safe.

  26. No AMINALS other than show animals will be allowed on premises (exp. DOGS, cats, ferrets, lamas, ect.)
  27. Failure of an Exhibitor to be ready to enter the show ring when his or her class/weight division is called will result in dismissal from class/weight division. Exhibitors may not leave the Fairgrounds during the LCJrLS.
    1. All animals need to remain in their stalls until their class is called. There will be no animals unless being used for the show are allowed in the show barn that have not yet been called.

    All grievances must be made in writing and accompanied by a deposit of $50.00, which will be forfeited if the grievance is not sustained. This deposit is to cover administrative costs in handling the grievance. Grievances must state plainly the cause of complaint or appeal, with specific charges and recital of the facts relied upon or the rule violated, naming witnesses and their addresses from which information is to be obtained. Any dispute or question regarding the rules and regulations and Show Management decisions must be in the form of a written protest signed by the exhibitor and presented to Show Management within two hours of the time of the action or questions incident. The grievance must include an indication of what resolution the offended party requests, should his/her grievance be upheld. The protest will then go to the Grievance Committee. The Grievance Committee will consist of one representative from each community Youth Advisory Council. The Grievance Committee will make a ruling at that time effective and binding through the remainder of the show.

4-H, FFA, Grange, and Independent exhibitors are strongly encouraged to review the rules and regulations of all livestock shows (LCJrLS, NJLS, etc.) they may be entering in order to be aware of all requirements and procedures. This is an example of self-responsibility and planning/organizing life skills. It is the Member's responsibility to comply with rules & regulations outside of and/or on top of those of UNCE-Lyon County 4-H, Lyon County FFA Chapters and the LCJrLS.