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)

Order Deadline: April 15, 2020 – this validation order deadline has passed

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Heifers

Heifer UINs

Summer Order Deadline: April 15, 2020 – this validation order deadline has passed

Fall UIN Order Deadline: August 19, 2020
Cost: $20.00

Late Fall UIN Order Deadline: September 23, 2020
Cost $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Sheep & Goat

Lamb & Goat Tags

State Fair Tag Order Deadline: April 15, 2020 – this validation order deadline has passed

Major Show Tag Order Deadline: August 19, 2020 

These tag orders are for:

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

Cost: $20.00

LATE Major Show Tag Order Deadline: September 23, 2020

Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Swine

Swine Tags

State Fair Order Deadline: April 15, 2020 – this validation order deadline has passed

Major Show Tag Order Deadline: September 16, 2020

These tag orders are for:

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

Cost: $20

LATE Major Show Tag Order Deadline: October 14, 2020

Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Horse
  • 2019-2020 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H CONNECT by May 16, 2020
  • Cost: $10 per horse
  • All youth wishing to participate in ANY horse show must validate their projects
  • Instructions are available online HERE (Please note that the dates and fees have been adjusted from what is displayed)

Dog
  • 2019-2020 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H CONNECT by January 10, 2020
  • 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

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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)

  • September 27 – October 20, 2019
  • Entries Due: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Download Entry Form Here – coming soon!
Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo  (Waco)

  • October 8 – 18, 2020
  • Entries Due: Thursday, September 3, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Download Entry Form Here – coming soon!
Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo
Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo

JANUARY 6 – 16, 2021

Download Entry Form

Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show

January 17 – 23, 2021 

Download Entry Form

Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth)

January 15 – February 6, 2021

Download Entry Form Here

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo
San Angelo

February 4 – 21, 2021

Download Entry Form Here

Texas Elite Showcase
Texas’ Elite Showcase

February 12 – 14, 2021

Download Entry Form Here

San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

February 11 – 28, 2021

Download Entry Form Here

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

March 2 – 21, 2021

Download Entry Form

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (Rodeo Austin)

March 13 – 27, 2021

Download Entry Form Here

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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
  • Updates coming soon!
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Poultry Orders
Turkeys

2020-2021 Turkey Orders are due Wednesday, June 24, 2020, by 12:00 Noon

  • This order has already been placed – please check back in May 2021
Broilers

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

  • This order has already been placed – please check back in May 2021

2020-2021 Major Show Broiler Orders are due Thursday, September 3, 2020, by 5:00 PM

    • This order is for birds to be entered in the Texas Spring Major Shows and the Bastrop Area Livestock Show this spring – please remember that ordering birds does NOT enter you in any of the shows

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

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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

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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