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Market Lamb Show

  • Market lambs (ewes and wethers) are eligible have DNA sent in on.
  • Ewe lambs must have scrapie tags.
  • Cryptorchid market lambs are not eligible to be nominated for the Show.
  • All market lambs, except those in the auction, will have the opportunity to be released from harvest.
  • Decisions to sell market lambs must be made in the check-in line.
  • Positive identification is required on all market lamb entries.
  • Positive DNA identification is achieved by submitting DNA hair samples from all lambs that are being considered for exhibition and then those lambs must be listed on the nomination forms by July 1st
Weight Declaration
  • Exhibitors will self-declare the market lamb’s weight(s) utilizing a weigh-card system. All weigh-cards will be due at check-in.
  • Show management reserves the right to reweigh first, second and third place animals and/or division winners. A 5lb variance from the weigh-in weight will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5lb variance either above or below the weigh-in weight will not be eligible for any champion awards.
  • The minimum weight for market lambs will be 115 pounds with no maximum weight limit. Lambs weighing less than 115 pounds will be ineligible for further competition and will not receive a premium. These lambs MAY still be sold to harvest.
  • Lambs must have all blankets pulled at the time of check-in.
  • No changes will be allowed to the weigh-card once submitted.
Show Structure
  • Market lamb classes (ewes and wethers) will be shown together.
  • Lambs will show light to heavy.
  • Classes and divisions will be posted after check-in.
  • The top two animals from each class will compete for Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion. The Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion will compete for Grand Champion Market Lamb and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. The Champion Lamb Challenge “Live” Lamb will compete for Grand Champion Market Lamb.
  • Eight market lambs will be selected for sale in the Purple Ribbon Auction (eight head). They include; Grand Champion Market Lamb, Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, plus six head as lined up in the show ring by the official Judge with the support of the Stock Show Management
  • Vet Check will be placed prior to the staging area of the Market Lamb Show and Breeding Ewe Show. Vets will be checking for Club Lamb Fungus. If fungus is found, the lamb will be ineligible to show.
Class
  • Market Lamb
Visual Classifications
  • Black Face, White Face, White Breed Influenced, Southdowns, Hamps and Natural Color

Breeding Ewe Show

  • To be eligible for exhibition, breeding ewes must be registered by the official breed association in the name of the youth by July 1st.
  • All breeding ewes must be identified with an official USDA scrapie identification tag, tattoo or EID tag.
  • Registration papers should be presented at check-in. Animals whose registration papers are not approved or are still pending will show in the commercial class.
  • Only breeding ewes recognized as registered and eligible to show by their respective breed associations will be allowed to compete in the breed classes.
  • To be eligible for the commercial breeding ewe class, each ewe must have a known birthdate and be identified by an official USDA scrapie identification tag.
  • Exhibitor changes of an animal from a breed class to the commercial class will not be allowed after the official entry deadline.
Show Structure
  • Classes in the Breeding Ewe Show will be divided by breeds and then by age within the breed. Class sizes will be determined by Show officials based on the number of animals at check-in.
  • Any registered ewes not meeting breed requirements or other eligibility rules will go into the Commercial class.
  • Breeds with less than five (5) head may all show in one class. They will enter the ring by age. Show management may combine classes until they reach a minimum class size deemed appropriate.
  • The top two animals from each class will compete for Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion of their respective breed.
  • Each breed’s Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion will compete for Supreme Champion Breeding Ewe, Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe, 3rd, 4th, 5th Place Breeding Ewe will also be chosen.
  • Vet Check will be placed prior to the staging area of the Market Lamb Show and Breeding Ewe Show. Vets will be checking for Club Lamb Fungus. If fungus is found, the lamb will be ineligible to show.
Class
  • Breeding Ewe
Divisions
  • Dorset, Dorset Advantage, Hampshire, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk, AOB, Commercial
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