Livestock

    (click each division to see details)

    • The rules for livestock in the Open Division are the same as for the 4-H and FFA Division.
    • When filling out the entry forms for livestock in the Open Division, use the same classes listed for the 4-H and FFA Division, except that the prefix is A for Adult Open Division and J for Junior Division.

    Open Division

    LOT FFF - WOOL CLASS

    1. Fine Wool Fleeces
    2. Half Blood Fleeces
    3. 3/8 Blood Fleeces
    4. Fine Ram Fleeces
    5. Half Blood Ram Fleeces
    6. 3/8 Blood Ram Fleeces

    LOT GGG - WOOL ON THE ANIMAL CLASS

    1. Ram Lambs
    2. Ewe Lambs


    LOT HHH - BREEDING BEEF CATTLE

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT III - SHOW LAMBS

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT JJJ - BREEDING SHEEP

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT KKK - SHOW SWINE

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT LLL - BREEDING SWINE

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT MMM - DAIRY CATTLE

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT NNN - MARKET STEERS

    See 4-H and FFA Division Rules.


    LOT OOO - GOATS CLASS

    1. Pygmy
    2. Oberhasli
    3. Angora
    4. Toggenburg
    5. Alpine
    6. Nubian
    7. Lamancha
    8. Saanen



    LOT PPP - RABBITS

    • Rabbit judging will begin at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 15th, after judging the 4-H division rabbits.
    •All rabbits must be in place and registered between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15th.
    • Judging will be to 4-H and ARBA standards.
    • Exhibitors must present their rabbits to the judge.
    • If an exhibitor is showing more than one rabbit in each category, additional helpers may be used to transport rabbits to the table.
    • All pedigreed rabbits must be tattooed in the left ear or they will not be judged.
    • All rabbits without a tattoo will be considered in the Utility Rabbit Category.
    • The Utility Rabbit Category will include all recognized breeds without a tattoo and all crossbreed rabbits, whether they are raised for meat or as pets.
    • Pedigreed rabbits, with tattoos, will be further classified as either Commercial or Fancy.
    Each exhibitor must be able to inform the judge as to the:
    1) breed or utility of the rabbit.
    2) sex of the rabbit (male=buck, female=doe).
    3) the classification (age) of the rabbit:
    A. Pre-Junior (Commercial rabbit under 3 months of age or under 6 lbs.)
    B. Junior (Commercial, Fancy or Utility rabbit under 6 months of age)
    C. Senior (Commercial, Fancy or Utility rabbits over 6 months of age).
    • Exhibitors will be asked to remove any rabbits that are sick.

    First through third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the following groups:

    Adult (Open Division):

    • Commercial: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Fancy: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Utility: 1 - 3 ribbons
    One (1) Best of Show ribbon may be awarded in this Division at the discretion of the judge.

    Junior (Open Division):

    • Commercial: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Fancy: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Utility: 1 - 3 ribbons
    One (1) Best of Show ribbon may be awarded in this Division at the discretion of the judge.

    4-H Division:

    • Commercial: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Fancy: 1 - 3 ribbons
    • Utility: 1 - 3 ribbons
    One (1) Reserve Champion rosette and One (1) Grand Champion rosette and trophy will be awarded Showmanship for the 4-H Division only.
    One (1) showmanship trophy will be awarded to the 4-H currently enrolled in a rabbit project who exhibits at least one rabbit and conforms as closely as possible to the showmanship rules as outlined in the 4-H rabbit project book.

    COMMERCIAL RABBITS - 500 CLASS

    1. American
    2. Beveren
    3. Checkered Giant
    4. Blue Vienna
    5. Californian
    6. Chinchilla
    7. Argent
    8. Flemish Giant
    9. French Lop
    10. English Lop
    11. New Zealand
    12. Palomino
    13. Satin
    14. Silver Fox

    FANCY RABBITS - 501 CLASS

    1. Angora, English
    2. Angora, French
    3. Dutch
    4. English
    5. Havana
    6. Mini Lop
    7. Holland Lop
    8. Polish
    9. Rex
    10. Sable
    11. Himalayan
    12. Hotot
    13. Lilac
    14. Silver
    15. Silver Martin
    16. Tan
    17. Netherland Dwarf


    UTILITY RABBITS - 502 CLASS

    1. Any recognized breed of rabbits without an ear tattoo and crossbreed rabbits, whether they are raised for meat or as pets.

    MEAT PEN - 502A CLASS

    1. Meat pen (3 Utility rabbits per pen). Each Meat pen is a single entry. 4-H members may enter up to two (2) meat pens as part of their livestock entries.

    LOT QQQ - POULTRY CLASS

    1. Bantam
    2. American Breeds
    3. Asiatic Breeds
    4. Mediterranean Breeds
    5. English Breeds
    6. Other Chicken Breeds
    7. Ducks
    8. Geese
    9. Turkeys
    10. Miscellaneous

    4-H and FFA Division

    COMMITTEE RULES

    • A Sifting Committee, approved by the Taos County Fair Board, will inspect and examine show animals prior to filling in entry forms. Animals which do not meet the minimum weights or exceed maximum weights or are not properly groomed will not be eligible to enter the auction ring.
    • Department Superintendent(s) and the committee has the authority to enforce all applicable rules of the junior livestock division. The decision of the committee is final.
    • Market animal minimum and maximum weights are as follows:
    -Steers 900 lbs. min. no maximum
    -Pigs 200-275 lbs.
    -Lambs 85-145 lbs.
    -Goats 35 lbs. min. no maximum
    • Weigh-in time for livestock projects will be August 23, 2013, Taos County Agricultural Center, 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.).

    DEADLINES TO ACQUIRE LIVESTOCK

    a. Steer deadline is February 15, 2014.
    b. Lamb, pig, goat and all small livestock deadline is May 1st 2014.
    • Animals (breeding or market) including poultry and rabbits, must have been owned by the exhibitor and must be under the supervision of the County Agent.
    • Lamb, pig, goat and all small livestock projects must have been owned by the exhibitor by May 1, 2014 and the original bill of sale must be turned into the Taos County Extension Office by May 1, 2014.
    • Beef projects (market or breeding stock) must have been owned by the exhibitor by February 15, 2014 and the original bill of sale must be turned into the Taos County Extension Office by February 15, 2014.

    SPECIAL LIVESTOCK RULES

    •Violation of the rules; Any person who violates any of the General or Specific rules may face expulsion from current and future Taos County Jr. Livestock Show and Jr. Livestock Auction.

    1. All exhibitors participating in the Taos County Fair must be Taos County residents. Any person residing in Taos County or any youth enrolled in Taos County 4-H and/or FFA Chapter, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status can exhibit in the Open Division of the Taos County Fair unless specific department (4-H/FFA) rules allow entries from other counties/states.
    2. All NON 4-H/FFA exhibits, contests, awards, advertising, entertainment and other activities related to the Taos County Fair must have the expressed written authorization of the Taos County Fair Board.
    3. In a case where no rule appears to cover a situation, the Fair Board will review the situation and decide a course of action. The Taos County Fair Board and/or Department Superintendents are in charge of interpreting these rules and policies and authorized to take action consistent with these rules and policies. Such decisions will be final. All protests must be made in writing and accompanied by a deposit of $25 (cash or certified check made out to Taos County Fair Board), which will be forfeited if the protest is not sustained. Any protest must state plainly the cause of the complaint or appeal and must be delivered to the Livestock Superintendent within 24 hours after the occasion of such protest. (This applies to all departments).
    4. Any person who violates any of the General or Specific Rules will forfeit all fees, privileges and premiums and will be ineligible to participate in current and future Taos County Fairs.
    5. A Sifting Committee, approved by the Taos County Fair Board, will consist of the department superintendent, Taos County Extension Agent, Fair Board President or his/her appointee and one knowledgeable individual approved by the Board. In such case an individual holds two positions in the sifting committee the individual must represent the highest position. The sifting committee's responsibility is to arbitrate any and all discrepancies. The decision of the committee is final.

    DEADLINES TO ACQUIRE LIVESTOCK:

    • Animals (breeding or market), including poultry and rabbits, must have been owned by the exhibitor andmust be under the supervision of the County Agent or FFA AdvisorLamb, pig, goat and all small livestock projects must have been owned by the exhibitor byMay 1, of current fair year. Beef projects (market or breeding stock) must have been owned by the exhibitor by February 15, current fair year. The original Proof of Purchase/Bill of Sale must be submitted to the Extension Office on or before deadline dates. A copy of the Proof of Purchase/Bill of Sale will be kept at the Extension Office on file.
    • Identification ear tags for large livestock (Beef, Swine, Lamb and Goat) will be provided by New Mexico Livestock Board and or New Mexico State Fair.
    • Market animal minimum and maximum weights are as follows:
    -Steers 900 lbs. min. no maximum
    -Pigs 200-275 lbs.
    -Lambs 85-160 lbs.
    -Goats 35 lbs. min. no maximum
    • All animals must be weighed prior to entry, and will be classified light, medium or heavy accordingly. Weigh-In will take place beginning at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00pm on Friday, the day before livestock show. A minimum of three (3) weigh-ins must be attended. Re-weighs could be allowed at the discretion of the Livestock Superintendent. In case of question of any breed placement or weight classes, final decision will rest with the livestock superintendent.
    • Exhibitors of livestock are primarily responsible for the grooming of their livestock. Adults, junior leaders and others may assist younger people in preparing their animals for show. If instruction and assistance is required, the exhibitor must be present and involved. In the absence of the exhibitor the superintendent may approve an alternate exhibitor. If exhibitor has more than one animal in a class, they may have another currently enrolled. 4-H/ FFA member in Taos County show one of the animals.
    • All livestock must be halter broke and/or gentle to handle.
    All livestock must be free from any disease and parasites.
    • Stalls and pens must be kept clean at all times.
    • Each exhibitor must provide a $20 per pen deposit (Check or Money Order ONLY - NO CASH) that will be refunded if pens are cleaned after the Fair.
    • Livestock Project Record Sheets will be reviewed by the Livestock Superintendent or his assistant. Record sheets must be up to date at the time of weigh in.
    • Champions and Reserve Champions will be from the 1st or 2nd place winners from each class. • All eligible 4-H/FFA member will be allowed to show up to three (3) animals, but will only be allowed to sell a maximum of two (2) animals and only one market steer per participant at the Jr. Livestock Auction, unless all (3) of the participants animals get Grand Champion, then all (3) will be able to sell, limiting (1) market steer. Members must submit their "Intent to Sell" form for up to two animals within 30 minutes after the large livestock show at a meeting place to be announced.
    • Show Steer - NM current registered family brand or a closed 4-H brand on left jaw or FFA brand on the right jaw. No brand--No show! Note: Each animal acquired out-of-state will require a vet health certificate and entry permit
    • Pigs - must be derived from a pseudo rabies-free herd.
    • All hogs must have been originated or purchased within the State of New Mexico or otherwise show proof of origin in accordance with New Mexico Livestock Board Regulations.
    • Sheep and Goats - Tattoo will be required; a 4-H tattoo will be placed in left ear FFA on the right ear. Note: Each animal acquired out-of-state will require a vet health certificate and entry permit. A scrapie tag is required for all sexually intact male and female goats and sheep.
    • Lambs shown in breeding classes cannot be shown in market classes and vice versa. • All market lambs will be slick shorn to a uniform length no more than 1/4" of wool prior to arrival at the County Fair.
    • Lambs: Exhibitors will not lift the front legs or the lamb during judging.
    • Goats: All milk teeth must be in place with no eruption of permanent teeth. Goats are not to be older than 6 months of age or not have been born before February 15, of the current year. Whether (castrated billy goat) and doe kids will be allowed to be co-exhibited in the market classes. Market goats must be slick shorn with 3/8 inch of hair or less above the knees and hocks. There will be no top limit on weight, with a 35 lb. minimum bottom weight limit. Exhibitors will not lift the front legs of goats off the ground or brace the animal during judging. The weight classes will be light, medium, medium heavy, heavy. Dairy Goats can be female or must be intact male. They must be used for breeding and/or milking. There will be a separate showman-ship category for dairy goats. Dairy goats CANNOT be sold in the Jr. Livestock Auction. If the goats are registered and tattooed, they do not need to be tattooed with the 4-H Tattoo. Dairy Goats still need to be clipped just like all other goats.
    • The livestock judge will select the recipient of the showmanship award during judging. • All exhibitors must designate their livestock, regardless of species, as either 4-H/FFA or Open Division. A separate area will be designated for Open Division exhibits provided there is adequate room.
    • Only 4-H/FFA Division livestock will be sold. Open Division livestock entries will not sell through the Jr. Livestock Auction; however they may be sold through private treaty sales after the Jr. Livestock Auction.
    • 4-H/FFA members must be present at all times during the show and auction.
    • 4-H/FFA members who participate in the Junior Livestock Show must also participate in the showmanship competition unless a problem arises. The decision will be at the discretion of the superintendent.
    • A 7.5% administrative fee will be assessed of each animal sold in any of the Jr. Livestock Auctions.
    • The Junior Livestock Auction will take place on Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. All exhibitors must be on hand by 1:30 p.m.
    • A special auction will be held immediately following the Junior Livestock Auction for Little Clovers exhibiting poultry & rabbits only!-
    • Only the Best of Show Baking Project of a 4-H member (novice, junior or senior) will be sold at the Jr. Livestock Auction. Cloverbud or other lower place items will not be sold.
    • Any animals available for resale will be sold by private treaty only by each club, organization, etc. with superintendent approval.
    • Dress Code for livestock exhibitors will be strictly adhered to. Boots or heavy shoes must be worn at all times in and around pen area. No sandals, cut-off shorts or spandex. No sleeveless or cut-off shirts and no halter tops. Long sleeve, button up collared shirts tucked into clean blue or black denim pants and a belt will be worn while exhibiting animals. Clean, neat appearances are encouraged. If hair is past chin length, it must be neatly tied back away from the face in a braid or pony tail.
    • All 4-H/FFA members showing small and large livestock will be required to attend two showmanship clinics with their animal. The clinic must be sanctioned by the respective livestock superintendent at the agricultural center. Additional training sessions on animal nutrition, showmanship or animal schools presented during the year is recommended. Make ups clinics may be made available by respective livestock superintendent.

    Little Clovers Policy & Guidelines:

    Little clovers (5-8 years by January 1of the current year and enrolled in 4-H) are encouraged to exhibit their projects at the County Fair. Little Clovers may only show one rabbit & one poultry; however they may sell only one animal.
    • 4-H /FFA members with special needs will only be required to complete a picture story, to include drawings and/or photographs of projects and general project activities that the child has been involved in during the course of the year and breakdown of the cost of the 4-H/FFA project. Parents are encouraged to help their child accomplish this task. Parents need to notify the Extension Office of their intent to participate in this program.

    All Judges and Judging

    Judges may disqualify or transfer to a correct class, any exhibit that is not truly representative of the class or division.
    During adjudication, no person or persons shall be allowed to express positive or negative influence on judges. Violators of this rule shall face immediate exclusion from judging area; County Fair entry and exhibit from being further judged.

    Protests and Appeals

    1. Any exhibitor has the right to appeal the decision of a judge if they can show evidence that the award was made in violation of the rules that govern the event, or that there has been misrepresentation, fraud or collusion. All appeals must be made in writing, and filed with the respective County Fair Superintendent immediately. Concern will be brought to the attention of the Fair Board. Selective department rules shall be referenced that govern the event.
    2. The Taos County Fair Board and/or Department Superintendents are in charge of interpreting these rules and policies and authorized to take action consistent with these rules and policies. In case where no rule appears to cover a situation, the Fair Board will review the situation and decide a course of action. Such decisions will be final. All protests must be made in writing and accompanied by a deposit of $25 (cash or certified check made out to Taos County Fair Board), which will be forfeited if the protest is not sustained. Any protest must state plainly the cause of the complaint or appeal and must be delivered to the Livestock Superintendent within 24 hours after the occasion of such protest. (This applies to all departments).

    Exhibitors Responsibilities

    1. All animals unloading at the fairgrounds will be inspected by respective fair livestock superintendent and New Mexico Livestock Inspector. All animals with communicable diseases may not unload.
    2. Livestock exhibitors are required to comply with all of the statutory and regulatory provisions of the State of New Mexico relating to animal health and brand inspection. For updated information please contact the NM Livestock Board at 505-861-6161.
    3. All 4-H/FFA entries must be certified for eligibility to show through the County Agent or FFA Advisor.
    4. No individual entry or entries without all required signatures and paper work will be accepted. All animals must be owned, cared for and entered in the individual name of the owner.
    5. 4-H/FFA exhibitors must keep stalls and animals presentable at all times, including walkways in immediate area. Exhibitors must feed, water, and care for their exhibition livestock. The Taos County Fair Board reserves the right to refuse entry in future years to an exhibitor who fails to give proper care and feed to exhibition livestock until released.
    6. Every exhibitor is responsible for the care, showing and selling of his/her own animal until the Superintendent has issued a release.
    7. All livestock in a registered breeding class must have certificate of registration in the name of the exhibitor. The certificate must be checked with the superintendent of the respective department.
    8. All animals will be kept in assigned stall space throughout the Fair. Stall space must be neatly kept and supplied with fresh bedding.
    9. Market animals that do not meet weight requirements for the prospective classes will not be allowed to sell. They will be allowed to show in the Open division.
    10. The following are termed Un-ethical Practices:
    • • Doctoring, and doping or injecting show animals, body "Fill-In", or the alteration, changing, defacing or modification of anatomical structure.
    • • The removal, alteration, changing, or purposeful damaging of ear tag.
    • • Any type of injection where oils, glycerin or like substances are used for body "Fill-In", or added materials such as mud and/or water for added weight.
    • • External applications of such things as liniments and blistering agents that would cause an edematous condition.
    • • No adding of artificial or animal hair.
    • • Any medication and/or approved FDA substance administered during the Fair must be given under the direct supervision of the livestock superintendent. Any exhibitor found using the above listed unethical practices, or any other practice deemed unethical by the management will forfeit all awards, premiums and sale money if any, and the exhibitor will be barred from future participation until such time as reinstatement is made by the Fair management.

    SHEEP/GOAT DRESSING CONTEST

    There will be judges in the following categories:

    Judging the sheep/goat will be judged on the contestant and animal’s outfit, and the over-all picture.

    Placing will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Bonus points may be awarded for creativeness and originality. A description of the person and animal's entire outfit will be submitted as part of the entry.

    All entries are due to Cherry Montano on Friday, August 15, 2014. (Cherry will be present at weigh-in).  Sheep/goat to be lead must be conditioned, fitted and trained to show at halter.