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Poweshiek 4-H/FFA Beef Weigh-In

Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1 to 3 pm at the Grinnell Vet Clinic located at 1631 West Street South on Highway 146. Please use turn around in the airport road and use as a waiting area. This weigh‐in is for Market animals, Market 2nd year bottle calves, and Production Beef. Production animals are the market animals that can be harvested at Dayton’s in July or be entered in the Ultra‐Sound Production contest held during the County Fair.
There is no waiver needed by the 4‐Her if he or she cannot be at the weigh‐in for a State Fair entry. A waiver will be needed if
entering for Ak‐Sar‐Ben. Animals that will be considered for Ak‐Sar‐Ben will have DNA collected.

After the Weigh‐In and identification:
The weights will be entered by county staff following weigh‐in. Each beef exhibitor weighing in a market animal will need to log into 4‐H Online to verify the data by February 1, 2015. You will need to be enrolled and active (enrollment fees paid) prior to

4‐Hers entering market animals for State Fair. All market beef must be weighed and tagged at an official verification site, as well as have retinal images collected from nominated animals. In addition, all market beef must have been identified through the
4hOnline program by February 1, 2015. Entry in breed classes must follow the Iowa Junior Beef Breed Association classifications. Breed steers must have the breed designated in 4hOnline by February 1 or the animal will show as crossbred.

2014 ‐ 2015 Poweshiek County Weigh‐In Fees (per animal) All Fees Must Be Paid at Weigh‐In: County per tag $2.00
State Fair Scan & County Tag $7.00
Ak‐Sar‐Ben DNA & County Tag $7.00
State Fair, Ak‐Sar‐Ben & County $12.00

4H’ers may attend other counties weigh‐ins if there is a conflict. Please contact the Poweshiek County Extension office to make arrangements 641‐623‐5188.

Out of County Beef Weigh‐In Dates:
Marion County
Sunday, January 4th from 1‐3.
We are more than happy to have other counties weigh‐in at our site.
Contact: Mindy Kephart

Jasper County
Tuesday, December 30th from 9 to 12 p.m.
at the Colfax Sale Barn
Contact: Stacey Wilson

Marshall County
Saturday, Dec. 20th at 9am to Noon at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds and open to all!
Contact: Caleb Carver

Mahaska County
Thursday, December 18  ‐ 4:00‐7:00 PM
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa
Open to out‐of‐county, just want to know/have tags in advance.
Contact: Amy Brainard

Iowa County
Saturday, December 6 ‐ 9 to 11 a.m. Contact: Mary Veatch
2015 State Fair Livestock Rule Updates/Changes
Breeding Does
4‐H ear tag OR tattoo required
If tattoo:
Right Ear = Herd Prefix (Ex. “RFB”)
Left Ear = Individual Animal Identifier (Ex. 534)
Retinal Images REQUIRED (State Fair only) Horse
Increase from 2 horses to 3 horses entered per exhibitor
ID Reminders
ID of maximum of 5 horses total per 4‐H’er
Of those 5, max. of 2 can be leased NO leasing of halter horses
Meat Goats
Market meat goat class will consist of both market wethers and market does
All State Fair nominated meat goats (both market and breeding animals) Must have retinal images collected
Entry limit increased from 4 total goats to 6 total (max. of 4 market or 4 breeding goats entered)

FSQA (Food Safety Quality Assurance) Required for ALL livestock exhibitors at both County and State fairs

Record Keeping Forms

General Record Keeping Forms
Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, Swine


Horse & Pony
  • See general forms above
Other Forms
Record Keeping Evaluation Forms
Record Keeping Tips:

As you work on your record books, particularly your project sheets, you need to keep in mind the difference between a project and an exhibit. You enroll in Project areas – Sewing and Needlecrafts, Beef, Dog, Visual Arts, Photography…… What you take to fair is an exhibit – an outgrowth of what you have learned in your project area.
Projects—A 4H project is an area of emphasis in which a 4H’er enrolls, studies, learns and keeps records. The 4-H 200 lists 34 different Project areas. Find them listed here in the 4H 200 publication
Exhibits—A 4H exhibit is an item resulting from project work that 4H’er has chosen to bring to the fair and have evaluated by a judge.
A project record sheet should cover :
A: What you learned– was it measuring ingredients, how to run the blender, how to use the arc welder, planning a nutritious meal, fitting a calf, comparison shopping, how to shoot a bow, tracking wildlife, programming a robot…
B: The exhibit or exhibits you took to fair —IF you took anything—you may not have or you may have taken 3 things in that project area. For example—you exhibited brownies, a pie and a poster with cost comparison. You do not complete a project sheet for each fair exhibit.


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