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Rules + Guidelines

Parents, Exhibitors, and Leaders/Advisors:
It is your responsibility to read the guidebook, make note of all entry rules, due dates, requirements, non-sale animals, and show/sale requirements.

All entry certification rules, general rules/regulations, Kern County Fair Code of Ethics, Tagging and DNA requirements, and Kern County Fair Residue Avoidance will be enforced in the Virtual Show and Sale. Please review and refer to the 2020 Livestock Catalog for any clarification.

Please note that even though this is an online show and sale, live animals will still be sold to real life buyers who are expecting a quality product. It is imperative that you take this show and sale as seriously as if it were face-to-face, and make sure you see your project through to the very end. Projects need to be in show shape when they are dropped off to go to the processor. Look to parents, leaders, and advisors to ensure that this is the case.

Livestock Entry Limits

  • Exhibitors may enter as many market beef, market sheep, market goats, market swine, replacement heifers, rabbit meat pens or fryers and poultry meat pens or turkeys as they want but they may only send in videos of 2 per species.
  • Exhibitors may sell one large animal and one small animal in the Virtual Online Auction
  • All Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions must sell
  • All animals in the auction are terminal (exception dairy and beef heifers)

General Rules

  1. Kern County Fair will provide a listing of all exhibitors entered into the show after the close of entries to all of the FFA Advisors/Community Club Leaders for their signature of approval that all exhibitors have raised or constructed their exhibits. The advisor for FFA or 4-H leader will certify that:
    • Projects have been under their supervision in accordance with the rules and regulations of the organization
    • The entry is the project of the exhibitor and is eligible for exhibit.
    FAILURE OR REFUSAL OF SUCH ADVISOR TO CERTIFY THE ENTRY FORM WILL PREVENT THE EXHIBITOR FROM ENTERING THAT PARTICULAR CLASS(ES)
  2. Auction Animals Bills of Sale & Transportation Slip: All cattle must provide Bill of Sale and Transportation slip at drop off
  3. Should an entry be made and cancelled or not exhibited, the entry fee will not be refunded. Errors in entries will not be refunded. Exception- if a class is cancelled due to lack of participation, entry fees will be refunded.
  4. Classes may be combined when there are four or less entries for meaningful competition.
  5. Market animals will be divided into classes by weight as desired by Livestock Superintendent for convenience in judging.
  6. To finalize your entry of your animal for the virtual show you must upload your video during the time window and by the deadline or your entry will be ineligible.
  7. Should the Replacement Heifer calve BEFORE THE VIDEO SUBMISSION, they may still participate in the show but may not sell. Should the Replacement Heifer calve AFTER THE VIDEO SUBMISSION, BUT BEFORE THE SALE, they will be eligible to sell, but they must sell with the calf at side.

Health Rules

  1. ALL ANIMALS MUST BE EAR-TAGGED WITH -ISSUED EID TAGS PRIOR TO TAKING AND SUBMITTING VIDEO.
  2. Animals that arrive on the Fairgrounds with any evidence of communicable disease or exhibit any unsightly condition will be disqualified and immediately removed. This includes external parasites.
  3. The health of animals, when determined by the official veterinarian, shall be final. Exhibitors who refuse to allow their animals to be examined shall be disqualified and such violation shall be reported to CDFA Fairs and Expositions. No refund will be made.
  4. All meat producing livestock for slaughter must adhere to all withdraw requirements as labeled.
  5. All sheep must be docked so the tail is healed and can be lifted from the exterior. Lambs that have no dock will not be eligible.
  6. All Market Sheep and Goats must have milk teeth.
  7. All Market sheep and goats must be tagged with official Scrapie Tags.
  8. Market goats to be dehorned/disbudded (not tipped). Any horn re-growth or scurs cannot exceed one inch in length.
  9. Castration sites must be healed and free of inflammation.
  10. Hogs must be free of excessive mud to allow for a reasonable health inspection for parasites.
  11. Cattle Entries from California
    a. All female dairy cattle four (4) months of age and over and beef cattle (12) months of age and over must bear evidence of official calf-hood vaccination against brucellosis with a legible, official tattoo visible in the right ear.
    b . All dairy cattle and beef bulls changing ownership require an official ID ear tag.
    c. All dairy cattle born after January 1, 2017 require official ID ear tag applied prior to leaving their premises.
    d. Acceptable methods for Official Identification of cattle include:
    i. Official brucellosis calf-hood vaccination tags
    ii. USDA metal “silver brite” tags
    iii. Tags conforming to Animal Identification Number (AIN) system (commonly known as an 840 tags)
  12. Cattle Entries from Other States:
    a. All exhibition cattle entering California require official individual identification (ID), and Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within 30 days before movement into the state listing official ID and a California entry permit within 15 days prior to entry.
    b. Cattle do not require a brucellosis test unless originating from a designated brucellosis surveillance area
    c. All bulls 18 months of age and over, and non-virgin bulls less than 18 months of age, require a negative PCR Trichomonosis test within 60 days prior to entry except bulls used solely for exhibition, confined to the exhibition location and without access to mature female cattle that will return directly to the state of origin after exhibition.
  13. Sheep and Goat Entries from California:
    a. All sheep and goats entering fairs require official individual identification that must be kept on the animals. Acceptable official identification includes:
    i. Official USDA individual identification ear tags:
    1. Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tags with 840 numbers
    2. Ear tags containing a premises/flock number with an individual animal number
    3. Ear tags containing a letter/number combination for serial numbers
    ii. Legible registration tattoos in the ears (or tail-web of La Mancha goats) if accompanied by breed association registration papers.
    iii. Electronic implants (microchips) or Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) when accompanied by registration papers and microchip scanner RFID reader.
    b. Fairs will not accept animals from scrapie-infected flocks, scrapie source flocks, or scrapie “non- compliant” flocks.
    c. Fairs will keep records of the consignor, buyer, and animal identification information for five (5) years when animals change ownership in a public sale at the fair.
  14. Sheep & Goats Entries from Other States:
    a. All exhibition sheep and goats entering California require official individual identification (ID), an Interstate Livestock Entry Permit, and an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within thirty (30) days before movement into the state with a scrapie statement "The animals are not scrapie positive or suspect or from a scrapie non-compliant flock" that lists the official identification.
    b. Acceptable official identification includes:
    i. Official USDA individual identification ear tags:
    1. Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tags with 840 numbers
    2. Ear tags containing a premises/flock number with an individual animal number
    3. Ear tags containing a letter/number combination for serial numbers
    ii. Legible registration tattoos in the ears (or tail-web of La Mancha goats) if accompanied by breed association registration papers
    iii. Electronic implants (microchips) or Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) when accompanied by registration papers and microchip scanner RFID reader.
  15. Swine Entries from Other States:
    a. All exhibition swine entering California require official individual identification (ID), an interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) obtained within thirty days before movement into the state. Official ID must be listed on the ICVI along with a California entry permit, which must be obtained prior to entry and is valid for 15 days once issued
    b. Acceptable forms of Official Identification include - Official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ear tags - A tamper-resistant metal or plastic official identification tag with high retention rate that provides unique identification for individual animals. It must bear the US shield and conform to one of the following numbering systems: National Uniform Ear-tagging System (NUES), Animal Identification Number (AIN) or Premises Identification Number (PIN).

Auction

“Just a reminder for a virtual online auction that a sale lot must receive at least the minimum bid amount so that the animal has officially sold. Once a bid is received then add-ons can be added to that lot. An animal that receives no bids, which is technically a no-sale; would not be eligible to accept add-ons. No-sale animals will not come to the animal drop off.”
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