Livestock News

Livestock Project Registration

It is time to send in your livestock project sheets to the 4-H office. Livestock Project Sheets must be renewed each year just as your member enrollment form.  For new members the form is due when you enroll in 4-H and get a project.

The Livestock Project Sheet is due for renewing members on October 1, 2014.

Livestock Project Registration Form

2014 Animal Health Requirements

Due to the ongoing Vesicular Stomatitis cases in Texas, animal health requirements for entry into the State Fair of Texas livestock shows have been changed. ALL animals (with the exception of market barrows and poultry) entering the grounds are required to show a current (within 30 days) certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI).

The following animal species (breeding and market): cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, equine are required to have a CVI with the following statement: “the animals listed on this CVI have not been in or near a quarantined area nor exposed or showing symptoms for Vesicular Stomatitis within the last 30 days.”

Breeding Swine, in addition to a Leptospirosis vaccination,  are required to have a CVI with listing identification and must inlcude the following statement: “These animals have not been fed garbage, have not been exposed to pseudorabies, have not been vaccinated for pseudorabies, have not had any clinical signs or diagnosis of TGE or PEDv within the last 60 days and is under no quarantine for any disease or condition.”

Please visit the Animal Health Guidelines online for complete summary of health requirements.

 State Heifer & Swine Validations

State Heifer Validation (heifers only ) will  take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Grapevine Ag Barn from  3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

State Swine Validation will take place on Wednesday, November 19 at the Grapevine Ag Barn from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Grapevine Ag Barn is located at 3223 Mustang Dr., Grapevine, TX 76051

If you have any questions regarding these validations please contact Marian Ross at

Major Livestock Show Entry Day

For those of you who are interested in showing in the following livestock shows, there will be a livestock entry day held at our office on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from  2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Tarrant County Extension Office.  Parking is NOT validated for this event.  Please make this day a priority if you plan to participate in these shows.  If there is no way you can come that day, please make arrangements with someone else to come and turn your needed paperwork and funds in.

This sign-up day includes all contests associated with these stock shows; except for open, all open show entry will need to be done by the participant.

For each eligible exhibitor you must have:

¨ Current, paid active 4H enrollment on 4HConnect,

¨ A verified Quality Counts number,

¨ Social Security Number

¨ Bring original registration papers for all breeding animals and a copy that you can leave with the Extension office. (Exception-heifer paperwork copy is not needed, we will just verify again.)

Bring payment in the form of a check or money order.  If paying with cash you must have the exact amount as we cannot make change.

Here are the links for the major shows.  Be familiar with their rules, updates, and times before coming to the office as this will assist in speeding up the process.  Some shows already have forms available online while others do not.

Ft Worth Livestock Show –January 16-February 7, 2015  3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76107

San Antonio Livestock Show-February 12-March 1, 2015 723 AT&T Center Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78219

Houston Livestock Show-March 3-22, 2015- 8334 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77054

San Angelo Livestock Show-February 13-March 1, 2015- 200 W 43rd St, San Angelo, TX 76903

STAR of TEXAS Livestock Show-March 14-28, 2015 – 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724

Any questions must be e-mailed to either Sonia or Nanci at or, please give us 24 hours to get back with you as we are working with our family & consumer sciences agent that has their own responsibilities and programming.

Each show has a website with all their entry information listed.  Be sure you are familiar will all rules and dates for each show you want to enter.  You can download forms at home and have them filled out before you come, this will speed up the process (this is highly recommended).

If you are interested in participating in the open show feel free to enter those events and pay for them separately.

If you miss or cannot make it to entry day, the process is as follows:

  • All paperwork must be completely filled out with signatures of exhibitor and parent, animal information and all registration fees/passes marked; (still leave a copy of animal paperwork)
  • Please drop off your packet to the Extension office receptionist desk, you will be provided a receipt and your entry will be taken care of;
  • There is no need to make an appointment, our office hours are 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Please do not leave your entry with anyone other than Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Tarrant County personnel.

Please note, there will not be an opportunity to ask questions about your entry paperwork.  Contact your 4-H club manager if you have questions, they can direct you to a livestock leader in your club or in the county.

The deadline to drop off paperwork in Tarrant County for each show is below:

Fort Worth Stock Show-Wednesday, November 12
All other shows by Friday, November 14

If you miss this date, there will be a late fee assessed, that amount is set by each stock show entity, for the entry.

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up for any stock show please call or email Marian Ross immediately at 817-884-1294 or .

Quality Counts Verification

If the Quality Counts Verification you completed as a junior member has expired, you are required to take the Senior level verification.  This must be done prior to entry into any major fall, winter or spring livestock show.  Upon completing the verification process please email ag department to make them aware of your status.  You cannot enter you into any shows from this point forward without a senior level designation.

The Link for verifying is at

Please see the  document below that has the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Quality Counts.

Quality Counts Verification Frequently asked Questions

 Upcoming Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show Dates

December 6, 2014                      Breeding Date for Rabbits

December 13                                  County Tag In

8 – 11 am Boswell Saginaw Chisholm Trail FFA Barn

1 – 3 pm Crowley FFA Barn

January 24, 2015                           TCJLS Entry Deadline

Code of Conduct, TCJLS Eligibility Form, Bake Goods Form & Checks

February 18, 2015                        Market Rabbit Validation

6 – 8 pm Boswell Saginaw Chisholm Trail FFA Barn
March 26-28, 2015 Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show


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