(West Plains) – The 4-H and FFA sheep, goat, and swine weigh-in for the 2013 Heart of the Ozarks Fair will be Saturday, April 13, at the Heart of the Ozarks Fairgrounds in West Plains. Events will begin at 8 AM and will end around 1 PM, with preferred weigh-in time for swine from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Officials with the MU Extension office say that the sheep, goats, and swine will be weighed, tattooed and ear tagged at the weigh-in. All eligible exhibitors wanting to enter their sheep or goats at the Missouri State Fair must attend this weigh-in for their animals to be nose printed.
In order for goats to qualify for the Heart of the Ozarks Fair they need to weigh at least 20 lbs. and not exceed 80 lbs. at weigh-in. Sheep must weigh at least 30 lbs. and not exceed 80 lbs. at weigh-in. Swine must weigh at least 40 lbs. and not exceed 150 lbs. at weigh-in. All male livestock must be castrated/banded prior to weigh-in, there will not be a vet on the premises. All sheep and goats must have an official scrapie tag, in accordance with Missouri Department of Agriculture, at weigh-in. All sheep and goats must still have their milk/baby teeth at the Heart of the Ozarks Fair in July and will be checked by a superintendent.
Youth wanting to weigh-in livestock for the Heart of the Ozarks Fair must be a member in good standing with the Missouri 4-H club program or a paid member in good standing with a local FFA Chapter. Each exhibitor must pay $10 at weigh-in to support the sale dinner at the fair.
For more information contact Logan Wallace at the University of Missouri Extension Center at 417-256-2391.