09/02/2020 Livestock Email Blast


  • Quality Counts Reminders
  • County Livestock Show Reminders
  • Major Livestock Show Reminders
  • Major Livestock Show Validations
  • Livestock 101/201 Series
  • Livestock Project Leader Training

Hey all!

We have lots of opportunities coming up for Livestock Exhibitors – and we are excited!  Please check out the information below and let us know if you have any questions.  We will be working on visiting all of our new exhibitors’ projects this year to help answer questions and to get to know your interests more.  If you are not a new exhibitor and would like to set up a project visit with us (or you would like to visit with us about planning for a livestock project), please email Mellanie (MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu) and we will be happy to set up an appointment!

Quality Counts Reminders:

  • All livestock exhibitors in Bastrop County (both 4-H & FFA) will need to participate in the learning modules and pass the exam with at least an 80% to be able to exhibit their livestock projects.
  • Website: https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx.  Be sure to save the registration email to be able to access the program and take the exam. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact your AST/CEA.  The Bastrop County 4-H Agent can be reached at 512-581-7186 or at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.
  • Exhibitors will need to retake the exam this 4-H year if:
    • They did not pass with a score of 80% or higher
    • If they are moving into the 3rd grade
    • If they moved from 5th to 6th grade this year
    • If they moved from 8th to 9th grade this year

County Livestock Show Reminders:

  • Bastrop Area Livestock Show: https://bastrop.agrilife.org/bals/
    • the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Entry/Validation night for market steers, breeding heifers, and broilers is next Thursday, September 3rd, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn (801 American Legion Drive; Bastrop, Texas 78602; Behind the American Legion).  We will also be taking plant show orders/entries. 

    • If your animal has already been state validated, you do not have to bring it with you, but you will still need to come and complete show entries.
    • If you would like to order your broilers online, you may do so here: Online Broiler Order Link.  If you would like to print your broiler order form and prepare payment to bring with you, you may download those forms here: Printable Broiler Order Form (Fillable PDF).  Remember for broiler orders, we require 2 checks/entries fees: 1 for your BALSFA entry fee (made payable to BALSFA) to enter the show and 1 for the broiler orders (made payable to Bastrop 4-H Animal Validation).
  • Elgin Livestock Show: https://www.elginlivestockshowassociation.com/livestock-show-youth-fair 
    • Reminders:        
        • Membership deadline has been moved to October 1, 2020
        • All show Livestock Show and Youth Fair entries will be due by November 1, 2020
        • Updated rules for ownership and validation
    • The 2020 rules are currently posted; however, the updates to those rules are also noted on the website.
  • Smithville Livestock Show
    • The Smithville Show Board is working on reviewing the show rules
    • Be looking for some dates when the rules are released

Major Livestock Show Reminders:

  • The Spring Major Livestock Shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, and Rodeo Austin) are planning on releasing their entry paperwork in mid-October (we are thinking around October 12th) – please be looking for updates on opportunities around that time if you would like to show
  • Major Show Entries for these shows will be due to the County Extension Office (CEO) by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Major Livestock Show Validations:

  • All livestock projects that exhibitors would like to show in the major livestock shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, Rodeo Austin, etc.) MUST be state validated for the current 4-H/school year – to receive the validation day details, you must purchase validation tags.
  • All Details posted on our Livestock Show & Validation Page: https://bastrop.agrilife.org/livestock/
  • Physical Validation Dates (location TBA):
    • Major Heifer, Lamb, & Goat Validation: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 (starting at 5:00 PM – time slot required)
    • Major Swine Validation: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (starting at 5:00 PM – time slot required)
    • If anyone has conflicts with the dates, they will need to let us know ahead of time and as soon as possible (no later than 3 weeks prior to the validation)
  • Prices/Due Dates:
    • $20 each early tags
      • Due by 9/16/20: Early Swine Tags
    • $30 each late tags
      • Due by 9/23/20: Late Heifer, Lamb & Goat Tags
      • Due by 10/14/20: Late Swine Tags
  • 2 Options to Purchase Tags:

Livestock Education Series (Livestock 101/201)

Livestock Project Leader Training

  • Full Details are available on the website/calendar: https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/2020-virtual-livestock-project-leader-training-09-22-20/
  • Please join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, on Zoom at 6:00 PM to learn about being a Livestock Project Leader.  This training will be geared to those new volunteers who would like to know more about leading the livestock project, but we also welcome more experienced volunteers interested in some new ideas as well as teen leaders.
  • To Register for one or more of the programs in this camp series, please complete the following steps:
    1. RSVP for the training; Please make sure that you receive an email confirming your submission(s): https://rb.gy/uvf3of
    2. Download, complete, and submit the Virtual Camp Waiver form to the Bastrop County 4-H Agent at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu: https://rb.gy/arex5n

That’s all we have for now!  Please let us know if you have any questions!


Mellanie L. Mickelson
Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H 

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