Sheep will be stalled in the Sheep & Goat Barn and all classes will be judged in the Sheep & Goat Barn Show Ring with the exception of the Grand Champion Market Lamb Selection, which will take place in the Case IH Coliseum.
DNA Identification Program
All Wisconsin State Fair DNA identification requirements for Junior Beef, Sheep and Swine (market and non-registered breeding stock) must be submitted by the Junior entry deadline to Wisconsin State Fair. More information available here. DNA hair kits and 840 ear tags are on sale here.
Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction
The Grand and Reserve Champion market barrow, lamb, steer, market breed champions, along with the Bred and Owned Market Champion steer, lamb and barrow will be auctioned off at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction.
The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation awards scholarships to Wisconsin State Fair livestock exhibitors annually. For more details about the scholarship program, please visit gbrla.com.
2023 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Division For 2023, Wisconsin State Fair Performance Beef and Sheep division contests have been modified to incorporate the components of ultrasound carcass merit (70%) and visual appraisal (30%). Rate of gain evaluation will not be included for 2022; therefore, weigh in sites will not be offered in winter for junior market steers or spring for junior market lambs. Junior market barrows will continue to be evaluated on ultrasound carcass merit (70%) and visual appraisal (30%).
Junior Show Eligibility
Animal Shows Requirements:
Participation in Wisconsin State Fair Junior shows is open to any boy or girl 12-19 years of age as of January 1st of the current year.
Youth must have completed YQCA certification. See the section labeled “YQCA” for complete details.
Youth are encouraged to actively participate in youth educational programs/organizations which enhance project awareness but there are no youth organization membership requirements to exhibit in the Junior animal departments of Wisconsin State Fair.
Junior exhibitors will submit all entry information and fees directly to State Fair online.
General Junior Show Information
The following documents apply to all junior show livestock exhibitors at the Wisconsin State Fair. Please read through this information prior to arrival.
Wisconsin State Fair is pleased to continue of the national certification program “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals” (YQCA) built around foundational pillars of animal agriculture (animal welfare, food safety and character education).
All junior exhibitors exhibiting animals in any Junior Departments must be YQCA certified at the time of entry. The certification must remain active through the dates of the Fair. The YQCA certification program is a national education program built around foundational pillars of animal agriculture (animal welfare, food safety and character education). The program is offered online or in person at regional locations throughout Wisconsin. For additional information related to the YQCA program please visit yqcaprogram.org.
Junior exhibitors do not sign up for the Youth Center when entering; those who wish to stay in the Youth Center should contact their VAGC directly. Rooms may be occupied only by approved VAGCs, VAICs and current Junior show exhibitors. Wisconsin State Fair will send reservation forms directly to all approved VACs in April. To read more click here.
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