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, as well as at any of the livestock shows.  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!

State Validation Tag Orders

Notes for State Validation Tag Orders:

  • The State Validation Tags ARE required for all large animals (Cattle, Lamb, Goat, & Swine) to participate in the Fall Major Shows (State Fair & Heart O’ Texas) and the Spring Major Shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, STAR/Rodeo Austin, etc.).
  • The State Validation Tags are NOT required for large animals (Cattle, Lamb, Goat, & Swine) to participate in the Local Shows (BALSFA, ELSA/BCJLS, or Smithville); however, they are accepted as a form of validation at these shows.
  • There is NO State Validation for rabbit projects – you must look up the rules for the show you wish to participate in to determine the validation and tattoo requirements for these projects.
  • Dog Validation is required for 4-H members with dogs being shown at the Texas 4-H Dog Show.
  • Horse Validation is required for 4-H members with horses being shown at the District 10 4-H Horse Show and Texas 4-H Horse Show.

Please click on the species name below to expand the menu and view purchasing options.

Steers

Steer Tags (ALL Major Shows)

Important Notes for Steer Validation:

  • State Validation for steers intended to exhibit in the Major Livestock Shows only happens once each year in June
    • You must purchase validation tags and attend validation in order to show at the Major Shows.
    • Only one (1) validation date is scheduled by the committee, therefore if you have a conflict, make arrangements with someone to haul your animal to validation and contact the Extension Office ahead of time regarding paperwork.
    • You need to make sure that you get your animal early enough that you are comfortable handling them during validation
  • New Information for Market Steer Validation: Steers will no longer be nose printed during validation.

Major Show Validation Tag Deadline for 2022-2023 Major Shows: April 21, 2022
Cost: $25.00

Late Major Show Validation Tag Deadline for 2022-2023 Major Shows: May 18, 2022
Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form
Heifers

Heifer UINs (All Major Shows)

Important Notes for Heifer Validation:

  • There are two (2) opportunities to validate heifers for the major shows each year, typically one (1) in June and one (1) in October
  • Only one (1) validation date is scheduled for each month by the committee during the month of June and the month of October, therefore if you have a conflict, make arrangements with someone to haul your animal to validation and contact the Extension Office ahead of time regarding paperwork.
  • You need to make sure that you get your animal early enough that you are comfortable handling them during validation
  • Heifers that were previously validated AND have NOT changed ownership do NOT need to be revalidated
  • Youth are required to provide a color copy of their heifer’s registration papers before or at validation, no registration papers means no validation
  • Tattoos, brands, etc. physically present on the heifers MUST match what is listed on the registration papers.  MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THIS BEFORE VALIDATION.

Spring UIN Order Deadline (for June 2022 validation): May 18, 2022orders currently open
Cost: $20.00

Fall UIN Order Deadline (for October 2022 validation): September 15, 2022ordering will open up in July 2022
Cost $20.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

Sheep & Goat

Lamb & Goat Tags (Separate Orders for Fall Majors & Spring Majors)

Important Notes for Lamb/Goat Validation:

  • There are two (2) validation tag ordering periods that exhibitors need to pay attention to:
    • The June validation period validates animals participating in the State Fair and Heart O’ Texas shows taking place in the Fall (Fall Majors)
    • The October validation period validates animals participating in the Spring Major Shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, Rodeo Austin, etc.)
    • Only one (1) validation date is scheduled for each month by the committee during the month of June (State Fair) and the month of October (Major), therefore if you have a conflict, make arrangements with someone to haul your animal to validation and contact the Extension Office ahead of time regarding paperwork.
  • You need to make sure that you get your animal early enough that you are comfortable handling them during validation
  • New Information for 2022-2023 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: March 28, 2022 

These tag orders are for:

  • Market Lambs & Goats
  • Breeding Sheep & Breeding Goats (females validated as breeding animalsregistration papers required before or at validation)
  • Wether Dams & Wether Does (females validated as market or commercial animals – no registration papers required)

Cost: $20.00

LATE State Fair Validation Tag Order Deadline: May 18, 2022

Cost: $30.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

Swine

Swine Tags (Separate Orders for Fall Majors & Spring Majors)

Important Notes for Swine Validation:

  • There are two (2) validation tag ordering periods that exhibitors need to pay attention to:
    • The June validation period validates animals participating in the State Fair and Heart O’ Texas shows taking place in the Fall (Fall Majors)
    • The November validation period validates animals participating in the Spring Major Shows (Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston, Rodeo Austin, etc.)
    • Only one (1) validation date is scheduled for each month by the committee during the month of June and the month of November, therefore if you have a conflict, make arrangements with someone to haul your animal to validation and contact the Extension Office ahead of time regarding paperwork.
  • You need to make sure that you get your animal early enough that you are comfortable handling them during validation
  • Notes for breeding gilts:
    • Youth are required to provide a color copy of their registered breeding gilt’s registration papers before or at validation, no registration papers means no validation
    • Ear notches physically present on the gilts MUST match what is listed on the registration papers.  MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THIS BEFORE VALIDATION.
  • New Information for 2022-2023 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 Swine Tag Order Deadline: April 21, 2022

These tag orders are for:

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

Cost: $20

LATE State Fair Swine Tag Order Deadline: May 18, 2022

Cost: $23.00

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

Horse

  • 2021-2022 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H CONNECT by May 1, 2022
  • Cost:
      • $10 per horse through April 15, 2022
      • $20 per horse from April 16, 2021 – May 1, 2022
  • Validation will open in March 2022
  • 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, 2021) and in at least the 6th grade.
    • All youth wishing to participate in ANY horse show must validate their projects
Dog

Details & Instructions:

  • 2021-2022 Validation Deadline: Due in 4-H Online by January 10, 2022
  • Validation will open in December 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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Major Shows

Click on the name of each show below to expand the menu and download entry forms or to access show website for rules, schedules, and more.

Please note that LATE entries submitted after the deadlines will only be accepted for a limited time and will also incur a $25 late fee per exhibitor per entry.

State Fair of Texas
State Fair of Texas (Dallas)

  • September 28 – October 23, 2022
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEA by 12:00 Noon on  Thursday, August 11, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo  (Waco)

  • October 2022 – Official Dates TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEA by 12:00 Noon on  Thursday, August 11, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo
Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo

  • January 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show
Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show

  • January 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth)

  • January – February 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo
San Angelo

  • February 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here:
      • Agriculture Mechanics Competition – please contact Mellanie for Information
      • Agriculture Speaking Contest
      • Junior Breeding Heifer Show
      • Junior Rabbit Show
      • Junior Shows
Texas Elite Showcase
Texas’ Elite Showcase

  • February 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form Here
San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

  • February 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

  • March 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form – must be notarized
Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo (Rodeo Austin)

  • March 2023 – TBA
  • Entry Forms DUE to CEO by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 03, 2022 (Updated 04/06/22)
  • Download Entry Form
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Bastrop County Shows

Click on the name of each show below to expand the menu and 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

Please click on the species name below to expand the menu and view purchasing options.

Turkeys

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

2022-2023 Turkey Orders are due Wednesday, June 22, 2022, by 12:00 Noon order forms will be posted around the first week of May

  • This order is for birds to be entered in the Texas Spring Major Show (Spring 2023)

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

Broilers

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

2022 State Fair Broiler Order are due Wednesday, June 01, 2022 by 12:00 Noon – order forms will be posted around the first week of May

  • This order is for birds to be entered in the State Fair of Texas or Heart O’ Texas Livestock Shows taking place in Fall 2022

Order Online Here    Download PDF Order Form

2022-2023 Major Show Broiler Orders are due Thursday, September 1, 2022, by 12:00 Noon – order forms will be posted around the first week of August

    • This order is for birds to be entered in the Texas Spring Major Shows and the Bastrop Area Livestock Show (Spring 2023)

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

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:

[ecs-list-events cat=”4-H Livestock” limit=”50″]

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