Livestock Shows & Validations


Tag Orders Important Dates Major Shows County Shows

Poultry Orders Other Opportunities, Resources, & Contests


Howdy!

Here in Bastrop County, 4-H & FFA are family – we’re happy to share information and help exhibitors out as much as possible with planning for and learning about their projects.  We do ask, however, that you include your Ag Teacher in your communications and decisions so that we can all work together to support you as best as possible.

Thank you and happy showing!

Validation Tag Orders
Steers

Steer Tags (ALL Major Shows, BALS, ELSA, & Smithville Shows)

New Information for 2021-2022 Market Steer Validation: Steers will no longer be nose printed during validation.

Major Show Validation Tag Deadline for 2021-2022 Major Shows: April 19, 2021
Cost: $20.00

Late Major Show Validation Tag Deadline for 2021-2022 Major Shows: May 19, 2021
Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Heifers

Heifer UINs

Spring UIN Order Deadline (for summer 2021 validation): April 19, 2021
Cost: $20.00

Late Spring UIN Order Deadline (for summer 2021 validation): June 1, 2021
Cost $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Sheep & Goat

Lamb & Goat Tags

New Information for 2021-2022 Lamb/Goat Validation – applies to breeding animals ONLY: Beginning June 1, 2021, registered breeding sheep, registered breeding goats, wether/commercial dams, and wether/commercial does will have 3 total years of eligibility UNLESS A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP TAKES PLACE. This will be offered during major show validation as well. Put plainly- if you validate for State Fair during the June 2021 validation period, your validation will be eligible until June 2024, unless a change of ownership occurs during that time- then you must re-validate.

State Fair Validation Tag Order Deadline: April 19, 2021 

These tag orders are for:

  • Market Lambs & Goats
  • Breeding Sheep & Breeding Goats
  • Wether Dams & Wether Does

Cost: $20.00

LATE State Fair Validation Tag Order Deadline: May 19, 2021

Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Swine

Swine Tags

New Information for 2021-2022 Swine Validation:

  • Crossbred gilts showing at the State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas MUST be validated.
  • State Validation tags must be in the pigs ear when it enters the holding pens. This means tags cannot be in the hand or pocket. Any pig entering the holding pen without a tag will not be allowed to show. 

State Fair Tag Order Deadline: April, 2021

These tag orders are for:

  • Market Swine
  • Breeding Swine (check show rules for validation requirements)

Cost: $20

LATE State Fair Tag Order Deadline: May 19, 2021

Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Horse
  • 2020-2021 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H CONNECT by May 1, 2021
  • Cost:
      • $10 per horse through April 15, 2021
      • $20 per horse from April 16, 2021 – May 1, 2021
  • Instructions: are available online HERE
  • A few reminders:
    • Each validation must include front view, right side view, and left side view images.  The entire horse should be included in the photo and marking should be clearly visible.
    • If the horse is registered, a copy of the registration papers must be uploaded.  These papers must list the 4-Her, parent, sibling, grandparent or legal guardian as the current owner.  If the ownership is in the process of being transferred, please list “pending” in the registration number area.  Once the updated registration papers have been received please send a copy to me and I can add it to the validation.
    • Uploads must be images, pdfs are not an accepted file type.
    • Families should validate each horse once.  Once the horse is validated any sibling within that family is eligible to show the horse at district and/or state 4-H horse show.
    • Youth validating a futurity horse must be at least 4-H age 12 (as of Sept. 1, 2020) and in at least the 6th grade.
    • All youth wishing to participate in ANY horse show must validate their projects

Dog

Details & Instructions:

  • 2020-2021 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H CONNECT by January 10, 2021
  • Cost: $0 (FREE) per dog
  • All youth wishing to participate in the state dog show must validate each of their dog projects
  • Instructions are available online HERE (PDF) or HERE (Video – YouTube)

Reminders:

  • For purebred dogs (they do not have to be registered, just look purebred) you will select the correct Group and list the breed.
  • For mixed breed dogs you will select the Weight Group of the dog and list the dominant breed along with the word “Mix” or list the two breeds if known.  (Example: Border Collie Mix or Mastiff/Great Dane.)
  • Photos of the left and right side of the dog should be a side view of the whole dog. Get on the dog’s level so they do not turn into top views.  They should also be clear and light enough we can see all markings and color of the dog.
  • None of the previously validated dogs carried over to 4-H Online.  Everyone will need to complete the full online validation form and upload photos this year.
  • We do encourage you to validate any dogs that you are eligible to show.  Situations may change through the year.

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Important Dates
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Major Shows

Click on each show BELOW to download entry forms or to access show website for rules, schedules, and more.

State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas (Dallas)

Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo  (Waco)

Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo
Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo

  • January 6 – 16, 2021
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 12, 2020 (Updated 11/01/20)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show

  • January 17 – 23, 2021 
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 12, 2020 (Updated 11/01/20)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth)

  • The 2021 Fort Worth Livestock Show has been cancelled (updated 10/09/20)
  • January 15 – February 6, 2021  
  • Download Entry Form Here
San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo
San Angelo

Texas Elite Showcase
Texas’ Elite Showcase

  • February 12 – 14, 2021
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020 (Updated 10/09/20)
  • Download Entry Form Here
San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

  • February 11 – 28, 2021
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020 (Updated 11/01/20)
  • Download Entry Form
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • March 2 – 21, 2021
  • Download Entry Form – coming soon!
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (Rodeo Austin)

  • March 13 – 27, 2021
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 5, 2020 (Updated 11/01/20)
  • Download Entry Form
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Bastrop County Shows

Click on each show BELOW to download entry forms or to access show website for rules, schedules, and more.

Elgin Livestock Show
Bastrop Area Livestock Show
Smithville Livestock Show
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Poultry Orders
Turkeys

2020-2021 Turkey Orders are due Wednesday, June 3, 2021, by 12:00 Noon

Please note that ordering birds does NOT enter you in any of the shows

  • This order is for birds to be entered in the Texas Spring Major Show (Spring 2022)

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

Broilers

Please note that ordering birds does NOT enter you in any of the shows

2020 State Fair Broiler Order are due Thursday, May 27, 2021 by 12:00 Noon

  • This order is for birds to be entered in the State Fair of Texas or Heart O’ Texas Livestock Shows taking place in Fall 2021

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

2021-2022 Major Show Broiler Orders are due Thursday, September 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM

    • This order is for birds to be entered in the Texas Spring Major Shows and the Bastrop Area Livestock Show (Spring 2022)
    • This information should be released sometime in late August 2021
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Other Opportunities, Resources, & Contests
Livestock Project Planning Information

To help with planning a livestock project, we have a few resources – be sure to check out the Livestock Project One-Pager and the Livestock Shows & Validation Page.  All youth wishing to show animal projects must also pass the Quality Counts Test as a Junior (3rd-5th grader), Intermediate (6th-8th grader), and  Senior (9th-12th grader).  If you have any questions at any time, or you are feeling overwhelmed and are having trouble finding a starting point, please contact the Bastrop County Extension Office at 512-581-7186.

Download the Livestock Project One-Pager

Go to the Livestock Shows & Validation Page

Go to the Quality Counts Page

Please Note: Some special deadlines need to be kept in mind for new families wishing to exhibit livestock projects:
Texas has a State Validation program that assists with establishing and verifying the ownership period for livestock animals that will be shown at Major Shows.  This process requires exhibitors to order validation materials (RFID ear tag and DNA hair collection envelopes, in addition to nose-printing materials for lambs & steers) in order to prepare for the physical validation where the ear tag is administered, a hair sample is collected, and nose prints are taken for the species that require it.  The timeline for these steps are listed below:

MONTH: ACTIVITY:
April: Ordering time for Steer & Heifer Validation materials
Ordering time for State Fair Lamb & Goat Validation materials
Ordering time for State Fair Swine Validation materials
June: Physical validation of Steers & Heifers; starting ownership period
Physical validation of State Fair Lambs & Goats; starting ownership period
Physical validation of State Fair Swine; starting ownership period
August: Ordering time for Major Show Lamb & Goat Validation materials
September: Ordering time for Major Show Swine Validation materials
Ordering time for Fall Heifer Validation materials
October: Physical validation of Heifers; starting ownership period
Physical validation of Lambs & Goats; starting ownership period
November: Physical validation of Pigs; starting ownership period
February: Physical validation of Rabbits participating in the Bastrop Area Livestock Show
March: Physical Validation of Rabbits participating in the Smithville Livestock Show
Livestock Project Resources

Bastrop & Lee County 4-H Virtual Livestock Education Series (2020-2021)

Rockne Livestock Booster Club Buyer’s Letter Resources:

Texas 4-H Livestock Project Pages:

Texas Youth Livestock & Agriculture – Livestock Project Support

Each project page listed below has handouts and resources for each specie listed, including project leader descriptions and handouts on the project from start to finish.

Livestock Workshops & Judging Opportunities

Judging Card Events:

The Judging Card website has a calendar of most of the judging contests available (livestock, meats, skillathon, etc) – if you would like to participate in any of the opportunities through Judging Card, please complete the following steps:

    1. Visit the Judging Card Calendar and locate the event you would like to participate in.
    2. Contact the County Extension Office at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or 512-581-7186 to get registered for the desired event – you will need to provide the date and the name of the event for registration.

Other Upcoming Events and Workshops:

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