June 9, 2020
State Livestock Nomination Deadline Approaching
All small livestock and commercial heifer state nominations (non-market beef) are due June 15, which is a postmark deadline. This includes commercial heifers, market swine, commercial gilts, market lambs, commercial ewes, and ALL meat goats. Market livestock projects and commercial females must be formally nominated to be eligible for the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and/or KJLS.
This year’s current nomination information may be found on the KSU Youth Livestock Program website, www.asi.k-state.edu/research-and-extension/youth-programs. The 2020 Declaration and Specie Nomination Forms MUST be used for nominations to be accepted. All families are encouraged to use the specie checklist as a guide to ensure their nominations are complete upon submission. This resource may be found on the Youth Livestock Program website as well. As part of the family nomination process, all eligible exhibitors within a family should submit one set of paperwork and DNA envelopes, with the signatures of ALL children within the family, in addition to the parent/legal guardian and county agent or FFA advisor. Please double check that there are not any blank fields or questions on the Declaration and Nomination Forms before placing them in the mail. There is a $20 incomplete fee penalty for families who have incomplete materials that must be returned for completion. The YQCA requirement initiated in 2019 will continue, so all exhibitors must be YQCA certified to participate in either state show. Each child's YQCA certificate needs to be attached to the Declaration Form. Youth who only have registered breeding females will submit this information at the time of entry.
Both state shows now have a breeding doe show. However, there is not a separate division for registered breeding does at either show, so all meat goats must be nominated in order to be eligible to show.
Continuing this year, ear notches are required for swine nominations and full scrapie tag numbers are required for sheep and goats. Ear notches must be written and drawn, and both the Flock/Premise ID and individual animal number need to be submitted on scrapie tags (example: KSS0035 16121). Nominations received without this information will be considered incomplete and returned to the family for completion. Confirmation letters will be sent to families once their nominations have been processed, and reports will be updated on the Youth Livestock Program website on Tuesdays and Fridays until we reach the deadline, then more frequently after that. Families are encouraged to use one of these options to verify their nominations.
REMINDER - A complete nomination does NOT constitute show entry. The Kansas State Fair entries are already available on their Grand Drive website, and KJLS will release entry information to agents and through its website soon. State Fair Grand Drive entries will be due July 15, and KJLS entries will be due August 15. Animals who are nominated, but do not follow the appropriate entry processes set forth by each show, will not be permitted to show. For nomination questions, please contact Lexie Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding show rules or entries should be directed to each show - KSF Grand Drive (620-669-3623); KJLS (316-706-9750).