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4-H Livestock Projects and Rabbit

Dairy Cattle

2019 Red Carpet Prospect Show – May 18th

Showmanship Clinics Start at 9 a.m. | Weigh-in Starts at 11:30 am (Beef first, followed by Sheep and Goats) | Show starts with Beef at 1:30 pm

Ribbons and Premiums in each class
Plus: Added Money & Prizes for Champion and Reserves

Ring A: Mkt Beef Show- Covered Arena- Outdoor – Blow & Go
Ring B: Mkt Lambs & Mkt Goats Show- Indoors

Pre– Enter: $15 per animal (by May 10)
$10 for Showmanship Per Species

Day of Show: additional $5 Office Fee Per Entry– Stalls $10

Concessions Available, Electricity indoors, Outdoor electricity limited
Outdoor wash rack for Beef, Indoor wash rack for Sheep/Goats

Questions? Email:

Upcoming MQA Trainings

Mandatory Meat Quality Assurance Training Requirements 2018-2019 – Click for FULL requirements

Be sure to contact the hosting county using the contact information that is provided to get specifics on time and location, or for more information.

Sheep and Goat Tag-In – MONDAY MAY 6th Arapahoe County Fairgrounds

All market lambs and goats must attend to be eligible to be shown at County Fair. Animals must be owned by tag-in. All species must be castrated and healed as much as possible prior to tag-in.

Market Lambs & Market Goats – 5- 8 p.m.

  • All market lambs and market goats must be retinal scanned. There is a $3 fee per animal.
  • Weighing of lambs and goats at tag-in is optional.
  • All market goats must be dehorned or tipped.
  • Retinal scan fees ($3 per animal) and Drug Testing fees ($10 per animals) will be collected at this time.

Market Hogs Tag-in/nomination process

Market Hogs will be tagged by the 4-H members at their homes again this year. The process will be similar to last year. A mandatory meeting will be held on Wednesday April 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds for all swine project members to review the procedure and to check out tags. Members will pay their county fair drug testing fee at this time. Remember again this year’s minimum weight for Market Hogs is 225lbs.

State Fair Nomination Cards and Premise ID’s

Remember all 4-H and FFA exhibitors must have their premise ID# on their nomination cards to be accepted for State Fair.  This is a State Fair Policy NOT a requirement to participate in the local 4-H program. This information should be completed on ALL cards at the time of weigh-in. You will need to apply for your premise ID number well in advance of weigh-in so they have time to assign you one. Please do so 3-4 weeks before you need it. Please call 303-869-9000 to get your ID.

Leased Livestock Procedures

4-Hers may only lease two animals for project areas which they do not already own. For example, if you already own dairy goats you may not lease a dairy goat but if you own dairy goats and would also like to try breeding Boer goats you are allowed to lease a breeding Boer goat. Also, a standardized universal lease form has been developed that will require the animal’s tattoo or ear tag number listed on it. This lease form is universal so anyone leasing an animal will need to use this form and have it on file at the Extension Office by May 1st. If you have additional requirements specified by the person or a written lease agreement with the person leasing the animal out, you should include that information as a separate sheet, but this “universal” form must be filled out if leasing an animal for 4-H. These projects ideally should begin in October and go through September since only breeding animals can be leased. Leases are not permitted on market livestock.

New requirements for the Producers Classes



Animal Record Book Policy

  • Members must complete a record book for each project the member is enrolled in with a score of 70% or above.
  • Please be aware that some record books have a supplemental form that must also be submitted as well.
  • Record books for Consumer Science, General 4-H Projects/Exhibits and Shooting Sports projects will be turned in at the County Fair with the member’s exhibit.
  • Record books for Dog, Horse, Livestock and Small Animal projects are due to the Extension Office following county fair after first being graded at the club level (either by the club leader or project leader or any one designated by the club) and must receive a score of 70% in order to be considered complete.
  • Member’s with record books which score less than a 70% will be considered incomplete for that project and will not be allowed participate in the incomplete project the following year. Furthermore, the exhibitor will forfeit their premiums in that project area.
  • The official score sheet will be used when grading record books. Score sheets (rubrics) will be posted on the COUNTY 4-H website.
  • Graded Record Books are due to the Extension Office by September 4th.

Enrollment & Ownership Deadlines

Members must be enrolled in projects by the time ownership is required. Members must own animals and have them in their possession by the time of the corresponding projects tag-in or ID due date.

To sign-up for a 4-H project, each youth must join 4-H as a member in either a community club or an individual family club. For more information about enrolling as a member, please call the 4-H office at 303-730-1920 or visit our Enrollment Page.

Premise ID

All livestock and horse exhibitors who show at state fair must have a Premise ID # for Arapahoe County. The premise ID number must appear on State Fair nomination cards at time of tag-in. Apply online through Colorado Location Identification (LID) or call 1-877-842-0102 for more information. Allow 3-4 weeks for processing. Click here to find out more information.

Mandatory Meat Quality Assurance Training Requirements 2018-2019 – Click for FULL requirements

MQA training is required for anyone new to 4-H which includes juniors (8-10) as well as first year intermediates age group (11-13) and first year seniors (14-18) if they are taking cattle, dairy, hogs, goats, sheep, rabbits, or poultry you must attend a meat quality assurance workshop. Regardless of whether it is a market project or a breeding project you must attend a Meat Quality Assurance workshop.