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* General Livestock Rules
* Open Livestock Show
* Jr. Breeding Livestock Show
* Jr. Market Livestock Show/Sale
* Pee Wee Showmanship Contest
* 4H/FFA Jr. Overall Showmanship
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Livestock Judges
Swine Classifier
Wayne Hunter
Sheep Classifier
Wayne Hunter
Cabritos (goats)
Wayne Cox
Mark Trujillo
John Frietze
Wayne Cox
Craig Painter
Chris Fischbacher
Overall Showmanship
Doug Cometti
Pee Wee Showmanship
Doug Cometti
Otero County Fair, Livestock

   Attention 4-H and FFA Members: Click Here to begin your Online Jr Market Livestock Entries. ALL Jr Market Livestock will need to be entered through this ShoWorks link, no exceptions. The link will be active for entries until June 30, 2017 at midnight. Extra wristbands are available for purchase through this link.  Open livestock will still need to fill out a hard copy entry form and will be due to the Fairgrounds Office by July 31, 2017 by 5:00pm. Extra wristbands for open exhibitors will be available for purchase through the Fairgrounds Office.

General Livestock Rules

1. New Mexico Livestock Board Regulations and all General Rules and Regulations will apply. Some Departments have additional rules.

2. Classifier and Judges decisions are final.

3. Eligibility
  a. The Junior Market Livestock Show and the Junior Breeding Livestock Show are open to any bona fide Otero count FFA or 4-H member currently in good standing with their FFA Chapter and 4-H Club and meet the age requirement for their organization.
  b. The Open Livestock Show is open to any resident of Otero County.

  a. Animals must be owned by and in the possession of the exhibitor by the following deadlines for each species:
  1. Steers - March 15 of the current year.
  2. Heifers - March 15 of the current year.
  3. Lambs, Cabritos, Swine and Stewer Rabbit - June 15 of the current year.
 b. At the time of verification the following must be provided:
  1. A copy of a valid bill of sale for all purchased animals.
  2. A copy of a proof of birth for all heifers.
  3. A copy of ear notch papers for all swine.
  4. Entry Fee in full—no refunds will be given for any reason.
 c. Animals properly tagged and entered in the Otero County Fair in one exhibitor's name may be shown by another sibling in the immediate family, provided:
  1. both exhibitors reside at the same address and the animals have been fed and care for by the family,
  2. the substitute sibling must have at least one entry in the Otero County Fair of the same species, and
  3. the animal must meet all eligibility requirements.
  4. The deadline of any change in exhibitor must be made by the last business day of July. The exhibitor of record must notify the Fair Office of any exhibitor change. The Fair Office will not accept any changes after the deadline.

5. All 4-H and FFA exhibitors will be required to pre-register for showmanship by the June 30th online deadline. Exhibitors must have an animal entered in each species they wish to enter for showmanship. Exhibitors will pay $2.00 per species when completing the online entry.

6. All animals must be in good physical condition and coats must be clean and groomed.
a. All animals entered in the Junior Market Livestock Show and the Junior Breeding Livestock Show will be reviewed by a committee appointed by, and including, the Superintendent. 
  b. Inferior animals, or others not complying with all stated rules, will be eliminated and must be removed from the Fairgrounds at the discretion of the Superintendents.
  c. If available, a licensed veterinarian will examine the animal and notify the superintendent if it needs to be released for medical reasons.  If a veterinarian is not available, i.e., at night or cannot be reached, the animal will be observed by any superintendent, as well as any member(s) of the Junior Livestock Committee or Fair Board that are available, to decide on medical release of the animal.
  d. If an animal become sick or injured, a licensed veterinarian must be consulted, deem any treatment necessary, and administer any medications.  Any livestock superintendent or Fair Board member must be present during the consultation and administration of medications.
  e. No medicated animal will be sold in the Junior Livestock Sale or by private treaty if it does not meet USDA withdrawal requirements by the start time of the Junior Livestock Sale.
  f. Fans will be allowed in the steer barn; however, the fans must not be behind the cattle and must be off the ground. Electrical cords must not be a safety hazard. Fans will be turned off by 3:30 pm on the day of the show and remain off until the conclusion of the steer show.

7. All exhibitors must check with the Livestock Superintendents upon arrival.

8. In accordance with the New Mexico Livestock Board Regulations:
  a. All Market Steers must bear the registered brand of the exhibitor; or they must be fire branded with the letters “4-H” to the left jaw, or “A” for FFA to the right jaw; or if they bear the New Mexico brand of the breeder, they must be accompanied by a written statement giving permission to feed, show and sell the steer under the brand of the breeder.
  b. All Breeding Heifers must bear a registered brand. All Market Lambs and Market Goats must be ear tattooed in the left ear with “4-H” or in the right ear with “A” for FFA.
  c. All Market Swine must be ear notched.

9. Exhibitors considering obtaining out-of-state swine should contact the Livestock Inspector prior to purchase to determine testing requirements.

10. The Otero County Fair Association (OFCA) reserves the right to conduct random drug testing.

11. Gender Requirements
 a. Market Livestock
  1. Calves – steers only
  2. Lambs – wethers and ewes
  3. Swine – barrows and gilts
  4. Goats – doelings and wethers
 b. Breeding Livestock
  1. Calves – heifers only
  2. Lambs and Goats – no requirement
 c. Open Livestock – no requirements except as noted in specific departments.
 d. All doelings and ewes must have a scrapies tag or tattoo to enter the fairgrounds.

12.  Livestock will not be eligible to be shown in both the Junior Livestock Show and the Junior Breeding Livestock Show, but may be used for Pee Wee Showmanship.

13. All exhibitors must display an exhibitor card or other identifying item.

14. If livestock is not properly cared for, necessary items will be supplied and charged to the exhibitor.  Abuse of any livestock or animal on the Fairground premises will not be tolerated. Premium money or sale price apply toward expenses incurred. The Fair Board reserves the right to refuse entry to any exhibitor who fails to give proper care to his or her animal, or who participates in the abuse of any animal.

15. The following are termed Unethical Practices:
  a. Animals that have been given any form of intoxicating beverage, tranquilizer, substance or other drug affecting mood or attitude prior to judging.
  b. Use of any substance administered internally or used externally to alter the appearance or conformation of an animal for exhibition. This includes the use of graphite's, powders, dyes, hemp, false tailheads, glued-on hair, or hair-like substances, or other similar substances externally, steroids, growth stimulants, diuretic, or artificial filling internally. Judges are requested to report to the Superintendent or Fair Board any animal upon which a surgical operation has been performed to improve their “show” appearance, except dehorning, including surgical dehorning by a licensed veterinarian.
  c. The use of any chemical or compound that is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in meat producing animals, and the illegal use of approved chemicals or compounds is prohibited.  Unapproved is deemed to mean not approved by the FDA and/or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for slaughter animals. If an animal passes all USDA test but fails any FDA  testing for the presence of drugs or other  chemicals, the animal will be condemned by the Fair Board and not allowed for consumption.

16. A current Junior Livestock exhibitor's parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, or any New Mexico 4-H Leader, County Agent or Agricultural Education Teacher may offer instruction and assistance to the exhibitor in preparing his/her animal.  Advice and demonstration may be given by individuals other than the above named to those who are fitting the animal, but it is the responsibility of the above named to actually fit the animal.

17. Exhibitors must be present and actively involved during the Fair. Any exhibitor, or a member of his or her family, found guilty of any practice deemed unethical by the Fair Board or Superintendents will result in the exhibitor's forfeiture of all premium and sale money, if any, over the packer's bid.
  Treatment deemed inhumane by the Fair Board or the Superintendents will result in the immediate release of an exhibitor and his exhibits from the Fairgrounds. 
  The owner of the animal will be barred from future participation until such time as reinstatement is made by the Fair Board.

18. Only exhibitors and officials will be allowed in the show ring while animals are being judged. All animals must be shown by their owner, both in the judging arena and the sale ring. No exceptions will be made unless the owner has a valid reason acceptable to the Superintendents or Fair Board. If an exhibitor has more than one entry in a class, an additional qualified livestock exhibitor may be used in the show. Failure to comply with the above will result in forfeiting premium or sale money, if any.

19. There shall be a dress code for exhibitors when showing an animal, in a show or in the sale, to include: 
  a. Clean and neat jeans or slacks; no shorts,
  b. Shirt with a collar and sleeves, with the tail tucked in; no T-shirts or tank tops,
  c. Hard soled shoes or boots; no sandals.
  d. No costumes of any type will be allowed.

20. There shall be a dress code for exhibitors when showing an animal, in a show or in the sale, and when assisting with the bidders’ supper to include:
   a. Clean and neat jeans or slacks; no shorts,
    b. Shirt with a collar and sleeves, with the tail tucked in; no T-shirts or tank tops,
   c. Hard soled shoes or boots; no sandals
    d. No costumes of any type will be allowed.
In addition, exhibitors must follow the 4-H or FFA dress codes throughout the entire week of the Otero County Fair and during other fair related activities (examples of other fair related activities: buyers’ dinner, visits to potential livestock sale buyers’, tag days, etc.).  Contact your County Extension Agent or FFA Advisor if you have any questions regarding the 4-H or FFA dress codes.
Exhibitors not in compliance with the dress code will receive a verbal warning.  Failure of exhibitors to comply with the dress code after receiving a verbal warning will include disqualification for the remainder of the current fair, hence not being able to participate in the sale of their livestock and/or receiving a premium.

21. Stalls must be cleaned by noon on Sunday of the Fair, otherwise all moneys due will be forfeited.

22. There shall be no Livestock Rules changes within six (6) months prior to the Fair.

23. No exhibitor shall ask for their animal back from a buyer, nor ask to swap animals for any reason.

24. The Fair Board may disqualify any exhibitor from present and future participation, including withholding of premium and sale moneys, for any violation of rules or policies.

25. The decision of the judges shall be final and no appeal will be considered except in case of a protest.

26. Protests
  a. All protests will be determined by the Fair Board  and must be made in writing to the Fair Board,  accompanied by an affidavit setting forth grounds  for protest and a deposit of $100.00, which will be  forfeited if the protest is not sustained.
  b. Protests against the exhibition of an entry must be  filed, considered, and determined before a section  is judged.
  c. Protests against an award must be filed within one (1) hour after conclusion of the show on the day the award was made, and will be considered and determined at the first meeting of the Fair Board following the Fair.
  d. In addition to the right of protest guaranteed above to interested parties, the Fair Board reserves the right to take cognizance of any fraud, consummated or attempted, and to deal with all persons implicated therein, in such manner within the limits of the power of the Fair Board as may, from the evidence relating thereto, be deemed just and proper.
  e. Interested parties will be duly notified of the time  and place for considering protests and given the  opportunity to submit evidence.

27. Exhibitor Requirements 
  a. Exhibitors are required to assist with trash clean up in the Livestock Barn during the Fair. Each 4-H Club and FFA Chapter will be assigned a designated time following the events scheduled in the Livestock Barn for trash clean up. Approximately one month prior to the fair the Extension Agent(s) and FFA Teacher(s) will notify each of the 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters of their trash clean up assignment.
  b. Exhibitors are responsible for recruiting potential buyers for the Junior Livestock Sale. The 4-H Agent will assign a list of buyers for each exhibitor to visit prior to the Junior Livestock Sale. Exhibitors will be provided with a packet of information to distribute to potential buyers. Exhibitors must submit written documentation of personal visits completed with potential buyers to the 4-H Agent prior to the Fair.
  c. All exhibitors are required to assist with the Bidders’ Supper and Junior Livestock Sale on Saturday. This will include set-up, clean-up, serving the supper, serving refreshments during the sale, distributing sale sheets, and other necessary tasks before, during and after the supper and sale. During the Junior Livestock Exhibitors’ Meeting on Wednesday morning in the Livestock Barn Show Ring, the Extension Agent(s) and FFA Teacher(s) will assign responsibilities to each exhibitor for assisting with the Bidders’ Supper and Junior Livestock Sale.

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Otero County Fair Association
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Phone: (575) 434-0788


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