SEPTEMBER 5-15 2019
Utah State Fair

2019 4-H & FFA Junior Livestock


Click here for specific information regarding entry charges, deadlines, receiving and release dates.


* Please Note: All Livestock entries will be received through Gate 17 on 300 North. Please refer to this map, for the specific location.


Livestock Exhibitor Camping *Lot Full Sept. 11th - 15th* 

There will be a limited amount of spaces available for camping in the livestock parking area this year. Please click here for a reservation application and more information.

Completed reservation forms can be faxed to 801-538-8455 or emailed to

Camping Near the Fairpark: 

Salt Lake KOA - (801)328-0224
1400 W North Temple 
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Pony Express RV Resort & Campground - (801)355-1550
1012 Recreation Way 
North Salt Lake, UT 84054


Jr Livestock Testing Program

Any 4-H or FFA youth exhibiting a lamb, hog, goat or steer at the Fair is eligible to compete. Dont miss out on this opportunity to exercise your knowledge! Click here for more details.


*Important Information*

Junior Livestock Ethics and Animal Welfare:



Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the information on this website. However, exhibitors are cautioned that the current rules and regulations of the Utah State Fair Corporation, as interpreted by Fair Administration and the Board, take precedence over this listing due to the possibility of typographical error or inadvertent omission.

In the event of conflict between the general rules and the special rules governing the various departments, the special rules will take precedence.

The Board reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions and differences in regard thereto, or otherwise arising out of, connected with or incident to the Fair.

The Board reserves the right to amend or add to these rules, as it, in its judgment, may deem advisable.


Entry Information

  1. Enter online or mail a completed entry form to Utah State Fair, 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. Forms are available at, from Extension Offices, FFA advisors or by contacting the Utah State Fair Administration Office. DEADLINE - Aug 23, 2019 - LATE ENTRIES, if accepted, will be charged a double entry fee. Late entries will be determined by the date postmarked, if mailed.
  2. Entry charge of $5.00 per animal is required in the Jr Livestock Department and must accompany the entry form!
  3. An Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisors signature on the entry form will verify that the exhibitor and project animals are eligible to attend the State Fair. If entered online, State Fair will contact the agent/advisor for verification.
  4. Please enter Showmanship by the deadline if you want to participate in that competition. Use online entry option or mark appropiate area located on the bottom of the printed entry form (Market Animals & Breeding). Breeding stock should be entered on the Breeding Stock form.
  5. Exhibitors who also enter animals in the open show must do so in the same exhibitors name as their jr entry.


  1. Judges will place all animals numerically as well as by the Danish system (Blue, Red or White) according to type, quality and condition.
  2. Premiums will be paid only on exhibits deemed worthy by the judge.
  3. Judges decisions will be final.


  1. Exhibitors will not be allowed more than two ribbons and/or two monies in any one lot (regardless of the number of entries). Clerks will be careful to see that exhibitors receive their proper ribbon and money.
  2. All money awarded for group or chapter exhibits becomes the property of the group.
  3. Exhibitors leaving early without prior approval from the supervisor will forfeit prize money.
  4. All rules & regulations must be complied with or premiums may be withheld.

Health Regulations

  1. A health certificate is required on all livestock with the exception of market animals, since they are inspected upon arrival. Please read the Health Regulations and Brand Inspection Requirements under the Livestock General Rules as it pertains to breeding livestock.

Market Animals

  1. All Market animals (including Champion and Reserve) must be cared for by the exhibitor until they are released to the packer for shipping. Each exhibitor has absolute responsibility for the care and condition of the animal(s) they enter and bring to the Fair.
  2. Sifted animals will be released during or immediately after weigh-in.
  3. Animals, which are not eligible for the auction for any reason, are the responsibility of the exhibitor and will be released after 9 p.m. on the evening of their respective judging days. White ribbon animals will not be eligible for the Jr Livestock Auction. 
  4. All animal owners who wish to sell to the packer must notify the livestock office by 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept 13.
  5. Exhibitors must show and sell their own animals without exception.
  6. The Grand and Reserve Grand Champion of each species will be drug tested immediatley following the show. An exhibitor whose animal tests positive for any illegal substance will be penalized according to the guidelines established by the Utah State Fair Corporation. 


  1. Vet check will be performed upon arrival for initial screening of animals. 
  2. Animals will be filtered through weigh-in process from the trail which includes an additional review of animals for health and communicable diseases as well as fitness for public viewing. Veterinarian confirmation of health or advisement for this stage will be up to show managment and at their discretion or subject to the availabilty of a state veterinarian. 
  3. All weights recorded at the scale are final. All of one species must cross the same scale. Weights recorded at this time are for class placement and not a certification of weight. 
  4. Check in with the supervisor before tying or penning animals. All pens will be assigned. No placing of tack or equipment in pens will be allowed prior weigh-in.
    Weigh-in Times:
    Hogs: Wednesday, September 11th - 8 pm to 10 pm 
    Goats, Steers, and Lambs: Thursday, September 12th - 6 am to 8 am 
  5. Any project animals not cared for properly, fed and watered and stall area kept clean, will forfeit all prize money and be subject to other penalties which could include being ineligible to enter exhibits in the future. 
  6. Should the general and special rules conflict, the latter will govern. Exhibitors are required to read Livestock General Rules.
  7. 4-H & FFA exhibitors will show together.
  8. Exhibitors must have an animal entered in their respective department to be eligible to participate in showmanship, and must show their entered animal. 
  9. No drenching of any animal will be allowed on the Fairpark without consent of show managment. 
  10. The official tag listed on the entry form must be the only tag in the animals ear at the time of weigh-in (except for scrapie tags in lambs and goats). 


Educational Exhibits - Exhibitors are urged to make a decorative and educational display.

Barn Prize - One $30 Barn Prize will be awarded to each Jr Livestock Barn. A committee named by the Supervisors will make inspections to determine the award. Judges will take into consideration the following:
(1) Orderliness and cleanliness of stalls and animals (2) Promptness in having stalls cleaned by 10:00 a.m. (3) Systematic and neat arrangements of equipment and feed (4) Personal appearance of exhibitor (5) Observance of all rules and regulations (6) Cooperation with the show officials (7) Decorations (8) Educational features

Special Awards

Utah Farm Service Agency will awards prizes to select winners in the Junior Livestock Departments.


Entry, Weigh In and Release Dates
(No exceptions on weigh-in schedule)

DAIRY CATTLE In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thurs - Sept 5
  Out after 9 p.m. Sat - Sept 7
Dairy Goats In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thurs - Sept 5
  Out after 9 p.m. Sat - Sept 7
Market Goats In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Weigh-in 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Out - Released to Packer Sun - Sept 15
Market Hogs In 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wed - Sept 11
  Weigh-in 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wed - Sept 11
  Out - Released to Packer Sun - Sept 15
Breeding Sheep In 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thurs - Sept 5
  Out after 9 p.m. Sat - Sept 7
Market Lambs In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Weigh-in 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Out - Released to Packer Sun - Sept 15
Market Steers In 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Weigh-in 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thurs - Sept 12
  Out - Released to Packer Sun - Sept 15
Breeding Beef             

Jr Breeding Beef Cattle should be brought in and
remain at the Fair the same as the open show schedule.
Jr Cattle will be judged prior to Open Show Cattle
on their respective judging dates. There will be one
Showmanship Class per rotation.


(2019 Show Season) revised May 13, 2019

These rules and guidelines are aimed at standardizing Jr Livestock Shows in Utah. Standardization will help provide the best possible educational experience for the young people of the state who have 4-H or FFA livestock projects. The Utah Junior Livestock Show Association is given this responsibility by the Utah Administrative Rule R65-8 and Utah Code Section 4-2-2 through the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Legislature.

1. Age – 4-H ages and grades are based on the 4-H year, which begins October 1 and ends September 30. Categories are determined by a youth’s age and grade on October 1, the beginning of the 4-H year. Junior member: Grades three – five (3-5) and at least 8 years old as of October 1. Intermediate 4-H members: Grades six – eight (6-8). Senior 4-H members: Grades nine – twelve (9-12). Large animal, shooting sports and some other projects require youth to be in the 3rd -12th grades and at least 8 years of age on October 1, the beginning of the 4-H year. See the age rules under each specific project area. Eligibility for 4-H membership terminates upon graduation from grade 12. Seniors may exhibit through the summer of their graduation year. 4-H’ers are then eligible for collegiate 4-H membership. Individuals with developmental disabilities who exceed the upper age/grade level for membership may participate as a 4-H member. For local and state competitive events in which there is a regional or national contest, the age guidelines of the regional or national contest shall apply. National contest – contestant must already have passed his or her 14th birthday, and may not have reached his or her 19th birthday as of January 1 of the year in which the National 4-H Competitive Event is held. However, the State 4-H Leader may grant a special authorization to compete, for youth with developmental disabilities who exceed the upper age limit. (CSREES/USDA and National 4-H Leadership Trust, April 2002)
2. Group Affiliation - An exhibitor may enter a given show only as a 4-H or FFA member, but not both. Exhibitor must declare one or the other at time of entry.
3. Ownership of Animals - The exhibitor will own, possess, feed, and care for his/her project animal(s) for not less than 100 consecutive days for market beef and 60 consecutive days for market swine, market sheep and market goats, immediately prior to the opening day of the show they intend to participate in. No interruption of ownership or possession can occur. After May 13, 2019, any animal that is sold through a state assisted show will constitute change of ownership. These animals will be required to be retagged to reestablish days of ownership. This rule includes buying back your own animal.
4. Fitting on Show Grounds - The fitting of animals will take place in areas designated by the livestock show committee. Parents, guardians, siblings, club leaders, Extension/4-H agents and FFA advisors may assist, and are encouraged to assist, the younger exhibitors. However, each exhibitor must be working with the project animal and be in attendance with that animal during the entire fitting process.
5. Code of Ethics (rules 5-A thru 5-I) the following practices or procedures are unacceptable in the care, fitting, preparation and showing of all classes of livestock. Any violation of association rules or specific rules as designated by individual fairs and livestock shows may result in forfeiture of premiums and awards, disqualification, and may result in probationary status and/ or loss of eligibility for future participation in Association member shows. Possible civil penalties may be imposed by the proper authorities based on evidence provided by the livestock show of exhibitors in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic act/or the animal mistreatment, neglect, and abandonment laws that apply on the local, state, and national levels. Other member shows will be notified of any action taken by show management, which may affect the eligibility of the individual, group, or sponsoring organization for participation at other shows. The decision of the livestock show management will be final.  A. The use of any drug, tranquilizer, sedative or depressant which alters the psychological or physiological state of the animal is illegal. Exceptions to this rule would be licensed, certified veterinarians, treatment for a recognized disease or injury, or recommendation for tranquilizing breeding animals in heat that might compromise the safety of others. The drugs must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in meat producing animals. All exhibitors will advise show management of any drug and/or medication administered to an animal that might be detected at the time of showing or at meat inspection. The name of the drug, its purpose, the person who administered the drug, time, and date of administration will be presented to show management prior to the showing and sale of the animal. Failure to report this information will result in severe penalty and/or disqualification. Any use of drugs or substances not approved by the Food and Drug Administration is strictly prohibited. All animals entered into livestock competition will be subject to testing for foreign substances that exceed acceptable levels established by the FDA, FSIS, USDA, or the EPA. This includes any non-labeled feed additives or substances not approved for that species.  During the livestock event in the case of an animal requiring treatment all medications shall be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the livestock show officials shall be notified. Use of an illegal drug is considered a premeditated act and any information obtained in the practice of illegal alteration of any animal will be turned over to the proper authorities for possible criminal prosecution.
B. Surgery, injection or insertion of foreign material under the skin and/or into the flesh of an animal to change the natural contour, conformation or appearance of an animal’s body is illegal. This includes vegetable oil, silicon or other substance used to alter an animals shape. Acceptable practices of physical preparations which are allowed include: clipping of hair, trimming of hooves, dehorning or removal of ancillary teats.
C. Treating an animal internally or externally with any irritant, counterirritant or other substance used to artificially change the conformation or appearance of an animal for show is considered unethical, inhumane and is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of graphite, powders, hemp, artificial hair, coloring, common products such as fly spray, ointment or liniment used to the point that it is irritating, or similar type products. The use of dyes, spray paint or other artificial coloring which result in altering an animal’s true and natural appearance and/or color is prohibited. Adding false hair or hair-like material, fleece, or skin at any point, spot or area of the animals body is illegal and will result in immediate disqualification. Any liquid or substance not considered part of an accepted and normal diet for livestock is deemed illegal and inhumane. For example: the use of alcoholic or carbonated beverages as a drench or filler, etc. Drenching will not be allowed unless the show veterinarian or a show official is present and is needed for emergency purposes only.
D. Each exhibitor has absolute responsibility for the care and condition of the animal(s) they enter and bring to the show.
E. The use of inhumane fitting, showing and/or handling practices or devices shall not be tolerated. For example: breaking of tails, striking of the animal to cause swelling or for bracing purposes, use of an electrical contrivance, muzzles, etc. is not acceptable.
F. Direct criticism or interference with the judge, show management, other exhibitors, breed representatives or show officials before, during or after the competitive event is prohibited.
G. All terminal show market grand and reserve champion animals that pass through a sale, at the discretion of the show, may be drug tested.
H. At the time an animal is sold at auction at the livestock show the exhibitor shall be held directly responsible for animals that are rejected at the processing center for any reason. The seller may be liable to the buyer for an amount equal to three times the purchase price and may also be liable for attorney’s fees and civil penalties. Show management may share acceptable intelligence and evidence information with FDA or USDA. If, for any reason, FDA or USDA inspectors must remove any part of a meat animal carcass, the market price will be discounted.
I. Show management reserves the right to require animal health certificates. Health inspection and diagnostic tests may be made before or after animals are on the livestock show premises for exhibitor and animal safety, or to inaugurate disease control procedures which may become necessary in emergencies as determined by animal health officials.
6. Dress Code - 4-H - A long or short sleeve shirt which fastens down the front with a collar is mandatory. Shirts must be solid white in color and need not be Western style. Black or blue pants are to be worn. There is to be a 4-H emblem or patch on all 4-H members shirts. FFA - Either a white shirt, tie and FFA jacket or a white shirt with the FFA emblem and tie (t-shirts are not allowed).The following will not be allowed: T-shirts, tank tops, tube tops, sleeveless shirts and vests. Exhibitors who fail to abide by dress standards will forfeit any prize money.
* State Fair Rule - Exhibitors must also follow the dress code when selling their animal at the auction or they will be fined $50.00 per animal sold.
7. Sales Fee - A sales fee not to exceed 5% will be withheld from sales checks by all state assisted shows. Any purchaser(s) of animals from a Junior Livestock Show Auction must pay the Show the full purchase price of sale regardless of buy-back.

8. Show Eligibility - Animals are eligible for any show for which they meet ownership and show requirements.
9. Lamb Docking Rule - Scientific research indicates that the incidence of rectal prolapse is reduced when the tail is docked in a non-extreme manner. The recommended method is to dock at the distal end of the caudal fold (3rd caudal vertebra). Complete tail removal (extreme docking) is not an accepted sheep production practice and is discouraged for all Utah Jr Livestock sheep projects. Market lambs or breeding sheep showing any sign of contagious disease or current or recent signs of prolapse, or with an open sore on the dock (rosebud), will be sifted from the show at the discretion of the state show vet at the time of check-in and  their determination is final.

1. Drug Withdrawal - It is unethical and in most cases even unlawful to administer drugs to livestock within 20 to 30 days of slaughter. Animals too unmanageable to show should be withdrawn from their class rather than be tranquilized. The local show committee and the show veterinarian will monitor the situation. By federal regulation, random testing will occur at slaughter, and animals will be condemned which have been given any injection or oral dosage of tranquilizers, painkillers, antibiotics, diuretics, steroids, or other foreign substances during withdrawal periods before slaughter. All sales money will be withheld in such cases. Bloat medicine and other medication with no withdrawal requirements may be permissible. Exhibitors need to be aware of potential health hazards to consumers who eat animals that have received any above mentioned substances. Please do not put someone's life in jeopardy.
2. Tagging - The Extension/4-H agent, FFA advisor or a member of their appointed committee shall tag each animal and process the proper forms. Should a tag be lost or pulled out of the animal’s ear, the exhibitor will advise the committee supervisor immediately so the tag can be replaced and the appropriate paperwork can be processed.
3. Market Animal Weights:
Beef: minimum 1000 lbs; Sheep: minimum 110 lbs; Swine: minimum 240 lbs; Goats: minimum 40 lbs.
There are no upper weight limits at the show, but minimum weights will be in effect. Exhibitors need to understand that the market system penalizes animals under and over ideal market weights through lower prices. Animals too light to meet minimum weight may stay on the Fairpark to allow the exhibitor to participate in showmanship.
4. Extra Animals - Exhibitors may tag one extra animal per species for each show. *State Fair Rule - Only alternates listed on the entry form can be shown. Alternates cannot be changed at weigh-in!
5. Entry Forms & Deadlines – Exhibitors must check with each livestock show for entry deadline for that specific show. Exhibitors are responsible for mailing their own entry form. Entries postmarked by that date will be accepted. Exhibitor must declare which animal(s) are to be shown, and submit an entry form and entry fee(s) to the appropriate shows, including State Association ear tag numbers. The tag number and alternate tag number must be specified on the exhibitor entry form to be eligible. Entries may not exceed the limits for each show including one alternate animal per species entered.  Forms must be signed by proper Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisor to verify exhibitor and animals are a legitimate entry for the show they are entering. Extension/4-H agents or FFA advisors should only sign forms for those youth enrolled in their programs. The Extension/4-H agent or FFA advisor and parents will verify eligibility for group and family feeding programs. Entry forms for showmanship classes must also be submitted by the entry deadline of the show and need to indicate class to be entered (species) and age of exhibitor. Payment of entry fees must accompany the entry form.

1. Exhibitors are encouraged to expand their scope of livestock project experience to include breeding livestock projects.

1. The local show has the responsibility to enforce the rules and regulations at their show. Any further action needs to be submitted in writing to the Utah State Junior Livestock Shows Association Board. Shows that do not comply and enforce the rules adopted may lose Association funding. If immediate action is needed, the board of the Utah State Junior Livestock Shows Association is empowered to make the ruling decision. The State Veterinarian has the final ruling on lamb tail docking and any health issues.

Penalties for violation of any State Fair rules will be decided by the Utah State Fair Corporation.

4-H & FFA Beef

4-H & FFA Dairy Cattle

4-H & FFA Goats

4-H & FFA Sheep

4-H & FFA Swine

Jr Livestock Test - Coming Soon!