RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Exhibitors are allowed to nominate the number of animals they desire.
2. Show management will make stall assignments. Reserving stall space will not be allowed! Check with Show management upon arrival for stall assignments.
3. No grooming chutes allowed in beef barn until all cattle are stalled. Show management will assign areas where grooming chutes can be placed.
4. Each class of beef breeding cattle will be judged numerically, 1,2,3,4. Premiums as set up with appropriate ribbons in each lot will be awarded.
5. Beef breeding cattle will be released after showing.
6. Exhibitors may use fans on racks above the cattle provided the fans are firmly affixed to the rack. These fans may be mounted to blow toward the front, side, or rear of the animal. The fans must be mounted high enough for the animal to pass freely under the fan(s) without contacting the bottom of the fan(s) in order to prevent a hazard to persons or animals. Persons using fans assume all responsibility.
7. Exhibitors in the beef breeding show may enter beef showmanship.
8. All bulls being shown at the 2017 Mississippi Beef Expo livestock show must have a permanent nose ring with the exhibitor having the nose lead in hand at all times. Nose leads will not be allowed in showing heifers.
9. When the heifer has calved and the calf is exhibited with its dam, the calf must be on halter and under control of the exhibitor’s show assistant. Any female shown with a calf at side: the calf must be the cow’s most recent natural calf, and the calf must be registered by show day and have proof of registration at check in.
10. All cattle must be tied in stalls with a halter and “neck rope.” Exhibitors not following this rule will forfeit premium money.
11. All breeding cattle must positively be accompanied by original registration certificate from breed association showing that same is owned by the junior exhibitor. Such certificate must be presented to the entry clerk for checking and positive identification to establish eligibility for showing. Animals without registration certificates will not be permitted to show. Certificates will be checked from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
12. All registered beef breeding animals with pending registration information will not be allowed to show.
13. All entries are subject to the general rules and regulations.
14. Each exhibitor shall clip, groom, and dress his/her own animal throughout ownership period and while at the State Fair, Dixie National Junior Livestock Show and any District Junior Livestock Show (“shows”). However, an exhibitor may be assisted in the clipping, grooming or dressing of his/her animal by his/her immediate family (limited to parents, legal guardians, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles), county extension agents, agriculture education teacher, other eligible 4-H or FFA exhibitors or volunteer leaders (un-paid) who are permanent residents of Mississippi and are officially certified by the county extension agent or agricultural education teacher. It is un-ethical to pay anyone to assist in grooming or fitting of animals. In addition, exhibitors and their animals may attend dressing, grooming, and showmanship workshops or clinics where experienced persons may teach exhibitors how to prepare themselves and their animals for shows. However, no animal to be shown at any of the shows shall be taken to any such workshop or clinic within 10 days prior to the show at which the animal will be shown. An educational workshop or clinic is defined as a group training session which is available to all exhibitors within a certain county, area or district. Such educational workshops or clinics may consist of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience by the participants. This rule does not apply to the removal of horns or the trimming of hooves.
15. Breeding cattle must have a legible and correct tattoo or brand. Tattoo in ear of breeding cattle or brand may be checked.
16. An exhibitor must earn a blue ribbon with his/her beef breeding animal at their district livestock show based on the 4-H club or FFA chapter in which they participate.
17. If a beef breeding class consists of more than 15 animals, that class will be divided into two classes as near equal as possible. When an uneven number of animals occur, the odd number will go in the first heat.
18. Altering the conformation and/or appearance of an animal for exhibition is prohibited. This includes the use of chin straps, covering of white skin, false tail heads (or use of any false hair), with the exception of false tail switches. The use of graphite, powders, hemp or other similar substances used externally are also prohibited. Other prohibited products include those used internally such as steroids, illegal or unlicensed pharmaceuticals or artificial filling. Any animal found to be in violation will be barred from showing.
1. Late Summer Heifer Calf – born July 1 to August 31, 2017
2. Early Summer Heifer Calf – born May 1 to June 30, 2017
3. Winter Heifer Calf – born March 1 to April 30, 2017
4. Junior Heifer Calf – born January 1 to February 29, 2017
5. Late Senior Heifer Calf – born November 1 to December 31, 2016
6. Early Senior Heifer Calf – born September 1 to October 31, 2016
7. Late Summer Yearling Heifer – born July 1 to August 31, 2016
8. Early Summer Yearling Heifer – born May 1 to June 30, 2016
9. Late Junior Yearling Heifer – born March 1 to April 30, 2016
10. Early Junior Yearling Heifer – born January 1 to February 28, 2016
11. Champion Heifer (1st place winners competing)
12. Reserve Champion Heifer (2nd place winner from same class as Champion eligible to show for Reserve)
13. Late Summer Bull Calf – born July 1 to August 31, 2017
14. Early Summer Bull Calf – born May 1 to June 30, 2017
15. Winter Bull Calf – born March 1 to April 30, 2017
16. Junior Bull Calf – born January 1 to February 29, 2017
17. Late Senior Bull Calf – born November 1 to December 31, 2016
18. Early Senior Bull Calf – born September 1 to October 31, 2016
19. Late Summer Yearling Bull Calf – born July 1 to August 31, 2016
20. Early Summer Yearling Bull Calf – born May 1 to June 30, 2016
21. Late Junior Yearling Bull Calf – born March 1 to April 30, 2016
22. Early Junior Yearling Bull Calf – born January 1 to February 28, 2016
23. Champion Bull (1st place winners competing)
24. Reserve Champion Bull (2nd place winner from same class as Champion eligible to show for Reserve)
Supreme Champion Heifer, Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer, and Best Five Head – Beef Heifers (only Champion heifers of all breeds competing for these awards; day and have proof of registration at check in.