Livestock & Poultry

Major Shows

State Fair of Texas

Heart O’ Texas

East Texas State Fair

State Fair of Texas, Heart O’ Texas, & East Texas State Fair entries for the 2017 shows will be completed on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Extension Office from 5 pm – 7 pm.

If you would like to show at either of these shows, you need to come by the Extension Office on this date.

Exhibitor and parent must be present.  Bring cash or checkbook to pay for entry fees.  All exhibitors must bring their social security number and Quality Counts Verification number.  Beef heifer exhibitors need to bring registration papers.

Rodeo Austin (Formerly known as Star of Texas)

Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

San Antonio Livestock Show

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

If you would like to show at Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, or Star of Texas, you must complete entries at major show entry night.

Major Show Entries: TBD

Exhibitors and their parent must be present. Bring cash or checkbook to pay for entry fees.  All exhibitors must bring their social security number and Quality Counts Verification number.

Breeding animals need to bring registration papers.

Market animals must be validated, so take note of the validation procedures:  ordering tags and attending validation night.


Texas has the largest number of 4-H and FFA livestock projects in the nation. Young people participate at the county, district, regional and state level. The tremendous support and dedication of livestock show officials help make this possible.

With this opportunity comes a responsibility for each exhibitor to learn and demonstrate the highest standards, both in personal character and in the feeding and care of their animals. “Quality Counts” is designed to teach young people the importance of displaying good character in carrying out livestock projects, and in every aspect of their lives. “Quality Counts” helps them learn the importance of using proper livestock management practices so that food quality and safety are preserved.

Your participation in “Quality Counts” helps ensure that Texas 4-H and FFA members can continue to be a part of the greatest youth livestock program in the nation.

Quality Counts certification will be required for  the State Fair of Texas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Star of Texas, San Angelo and Houston.   Quality Counts is also required for the Montgomery County Fair!  There is an online test you must pass to get this certification.  There are also online training resources available and we will be scheduling some face-to-face trainings in the fall.  Exhibitors must be certified once as an 8-13 year old and again once they are 14 or older.

Directions for Quality Counts Certification

If you will be showing at a major show or Montgomery County Fair, you will have to be certified in Quality Counts. KEEP these notes.

1. Go to
2. Texas Trail tab is a teaching module that will provide training on Quality Counts.  It takes about two hours, but there is a registration/log-in system so you can work any length of time and come back at another time to continue.  You do not have to complete this before you attempt the test.
3.  Verification tab is where you take the test.  There are some instructions as you scroll down the page you will see the blue words to Take the Test.
4. There are three choices for Organization.  4-H, FFA and Both.  This selection will determine which supervisor can view all the verifications for their group.  If you think you might at any point in your career show in both organizations, please select both.
5. First and last name and birth date are required.  For those that go by their middle name, make certain that you use the same name here that you will be using on your entries.  Across the county, we have some name duplications. We are able to differentiate with addresses, but this is not possible in Quality Counts System.  We suggest your full name, so that we can credit the correct person.
6. Complete the test.  For Juniors 13 or under as of August 31st there will be 10 questions and your certificate number will be good until you are 14 as of August 31st at which point you will need to take the Senior version.  For Seniors 14 or older as of August 31st there will be 20 questions and your certificate number will be good until you graduate.
7. Once you complete the test and hit submit you will receive a score.  You must score 80% to receive a certificate.  You can take the test as many times as you choose.  You will get a new number each time you pass.  The test will be different each time.
8. Once you have achieved 80% on the test you will be able to print a certificate with a number.  KEEP THIS NUMBER.  You will need this number to complete your Major Show and your Montgomery County Fair Entries.




If you would like to show a STEER at any of the 2017 – 2018 major shows, you must first order tags and have the steer validated.

Tags cost $15 if they are purchased by April 11, 2017.

Validation will be held on  Monday June 26, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Livestock Barn of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  Members must be present.

BREEDING BEEF HEIFER VALIDATION – All heifers to be shown at the major shows must be validated.  This consists of bringing the heifer and ORIGINAL registration papers to the Montgomery County Extension Office on the validation date to be reviewed and scanned and DNA samples can be taken.   As soon as you get your registration papers, check that brands and tattoos match the heifer.  If there is a problem, get it resolved as soon as possible.

NOTE:  There will be a $15 validation fee, which is due to the Extension Office by April 11, 2017 for every heifer you may show.  Validate every heifer that you think you might show, including those you may use as substitutes.  This is for any heifer that has not yet been validated, or has had a change of ownership.

Validation will take place on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  This will cover State Fair of Texas.

Another validation will take place Fall, 2016.


Major Show Calf Scramble Applications are due to the 4-H Office by September 13, 2016.  Major Show Calf Scramble Application 2016-2017


Helpful Beef Links



Horse Project Teaching Outlines

Horse Validation – All horses must be validated in order to show at the County 4-H horse show.  Validation takes place on 4-H Connect through May 1st.  The fee through April 15th is $10 per horse.  From April 16th – May 1st, the fee is $20 per horse. 

County 4-H Practice Horse Shows and Clinics – To qualify for the County 4-H Horse Show, you must attend at least 2 practice shows and one additional event, either another practice show or clinic from the list below:

2015 – 2016 Practice Shows:  1:30pm

Practice show entry form

October 25, 2015 – Lone Star Expo – Speed first and Trail class offered

November 14, 2015 – Magnolia Arena – Performance first, reining class offered

February 28, 2016 – Texas Christian Horse Camp in Richard – Speed first and reining class offered

March 19, 2016 – Magnolia Arena – Performance first, reining class offered

County 4-H Horse Show – May 7, 2016 – Lone Star Expo     8:30am.  Must compete in at least one class at 2 practice horse shows (listed above) and participate in one other event, either another 4-H practice horse show or clinic (listed below.)

2015 – 2016 Clinics:

October 25, 2015 – 12:00pm – Lone Star Expo – Trail

November 14, 2015 – 12:30pm – Magnolia Arena – Showmanship

February 28, 2016 – 12:30pm – Texas Christina Horse Camp in Richards – Reining

March 19, 2016 – 12:30pm – Magnolia Arena – Poles

2015 – 2016 4-H Practice Horse Show Criteria

The District 9 4-H Horse Show will be held June 20 – 22  at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  This show is for members who qualified at the County 4-H Horse Show.  The registration deadline is May 22nd, but please register as soon as possible after the County 4-H Horse Show.  For rules and details, visit


Horse Judging
Horse Judging

In Horse Judging, members gain skills in decision making, observation, team work and critical thinking, while they learn the principles of horse judging and selection.  Sharon Wellmann is a national horse judge and coaches the Montgomery County 4-H’ers.  Practices start at 6:30pm and are held at the County Extension Office, unless otherwise noted.

The following Horse Judging practices are open to members of all experience levels, unless otherwise noted.  Even if you’ve never judged before, you are welcome to attend.  Practices are held at 6:30pm at the County Extension Office

  • September 5
  • September 19
  • October 3
  • October 17
  • November 7
  • November 14
  • December 5
  • December 12
  • January 2
  • January 16

The Montgomery County Horse Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016.


Horse Judging Criteria

Helpful Horse Links



Let’s Talk Turkey…
Submitted by: John Staton
Raising turkeys for show can be fun because turkeys are relatively easy to feed and care for. You can raise turkeys without expensive facilities or equipment. The turkey project is approximately six months in duration with a simple three step feeding program: starter, grower and finisher feeds required. Turkeys would be an excellent first animal project for newcomers to 4-H.

Show turkey orders are placed in June with the poults (chicks) arriving in mid-October or the beginning of November. Turkeys are ordered in multiples of ten. Families with several children will want to order twenty to fifty chicks. This one order of turkeys can be shown at the following major shows, along with the Montgomery County Fair: San Antonio Livestock Show, Star of Texas Livestock Show (Austin) and Houston Livestock Show. Each eligible child in the family can show from this one order of turkeys.

When the turkey order is placed, you must designate the Major Shows that you intend to take your turkeys to. The extension office will later host a Major Show Entry Night, where the entries will be completed and paid for. Contact the Extension Office and watch future newsletters for more information and the turkey order deadline.

Major Show & Montgomery County Fair Turkey Orders are due to the 4-H Office by Thursday, August 11, 2016. 

Order Form:2016-2017 Family Turkey Order

Turkey Intent-To-Show Forms for the Montgomery County Fair are due November 17, 2016.

Turkey pick up date is TBD.

State Fair Broiler Orders – Broiler orders for The State Fair of Texas are due to the 4-H Office by _  TBD___.

Order Form: 2016 State Fair Broiler Order

Major Show Broiler Orders – Due to 4-H office by _  TBD___

Order Form:  2017 Major Show Broiler Order Form

Montgomery County Fair Broiler Orders Due to 4-H office by _  TBD___
**Please read the Montgomery County Fair Rules for changes for 2017-2018.

Order Form: 2017 MCF Broiler Order Form


Helpful Poultry Links
Texas A&M Poultry Science Department


Poultry Judging Contest and Workshop at 4-H Roundup – Held at Texas 4-H Roundup in June, this contest enables youth to expand on their poultry knowledge by entering a team of 3 to 4 members.  Participants will be judged on 9 different classes.  This is a non-qualifying event for all intermediate and senior aged 4-H members to participate in.  Obtain more information at


Rabbit Intent to Show Forms for the Montgomery County Fair will be due to the Fair Office by _  TBD___

Montgomery County Fair Rabbit Tag In will be held on _  TBD___ at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Horseshoe Club.

Helpful Rabbit Links


If you would like to show a lamb or goat at the 2017 State Fair of Texas, you must first order tags and have the animal validated.

Please note that the following will be validated:  market lambs, market goats, registered sheep, wether dams, registered boer goats, and wether dams.

Tag orders are due to the 4-H Office by April 11, 2017.  Tags cost $15 each.

Validation will be on Monday, June 26, 2017  from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Members must be present.  TLBA tags must be in the animal’s ear before it is marked on the validation paperwork.

If you would like to show a lamb or goat at any of the 2016 – 2017 major shows, including San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Star of Texas, or Houston, you must first order tags and get validated.


Tags cost $15 and are due by _  TBD___.  Late tags cost $25 each and orders are due to the 4-H Office by _  TBD___

Major Show Lamb & Goat validation will be held _  TBD___ from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Montgomery County Fair Lamb & Goat tag in will be held _  TBD___ from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.


Helpful Goat Links            Helpful Sheep Links



pig2If you would like to show a hog at the 2016 State Fair of Texas, you must first order a tag and get the animal validated.

Tag orders/fees are due to the 4-H Office by April 11, 2017.  Tags cost $15 per animal.

Validation will be held Monday, June 26th from 4 pm – 7 pm at the Livestock Barn of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.


If you would like to show a barrow at the Major Shows, including San Antonio, Ft. Worth, Star of Texas, or Houston, or Gilts at San Angelo you must first order tags and get validated.

Tags cost $15 if orders are placed by _  TBD___

Major Show Swine Validation will be held TBD from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds..


Montgomery County Fair Market Barrow Tag In will be held on _  TBD___  from 2pm to 7pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Livestock Barn.

Remember to bring pictures, ear notch card and tag in card.


Helpful Swine Links

More links and resources for 4-H Livestock Projects.


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