June 15, 2018
State Livestock Nominations Due June 15
The state livestock nomination season is upon us! All small livestock state nominations (non-market beef) are due June 15th, which is a strict postmark deadline. Certified mail is highly encouraged. Youth who plan to exhibit market animals or commercial females in the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive or Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) are required to formally nominate their projects in order for them to be eligible to show. This includes commercial heifers, market swine, commercial gilts, market lambs, commercial ewes, and ALL meat goats. There is not a separate division for registered breeding does at either state show, so all meat goats must be nominated in order to be eligible to show. The 2018 nomination information has been distributed to county offices and may be found on the Youth Livestock Program website (https://www.asi.k-state.edu/research-and-extension/youth-programs/nominated-livestock/).
The 2018 Declaration and Specie Nomination Forms MUST be used for nominations to be accepted. All families are encouraged to use the specie checklist as a guide to confirm their nominations are complete upon submission. This resource may be found on the Youth Livestock Program website (www.asi.k-state.edu/research-and-extension/youth-programs), or through the local county office. Other valuable resources posted on the website include a Rookie Guide and informational video. As part of the family nomination process, all eligible exhibitors within a family should submit one set of paperwork and DNA envelopes, with the signatures of ALL children within the family, in addition to the parent/legal guardian and county agent or FFA advisor. Families should double check that there are not any blank fields or questions on the Declaration and Nomination Forms before placing them in the mail. As a reminder, ear notches are required for swine nominations and full scrapie tag numbers are required for sheep and goats. This includes both the Flock/Premise ID and individual animal number (example: KSS0035 16121). Nominations received without this information will be considered incomplete and returned to the family for completion.
Confirmation letters will be sent to families once their nominations have been processed, and reports will be posted on the Youth Livestock Program website on Fridays until we reach the deadline, then more frequently after that date. Families are encouraged to use one of these options to verify their nominations.
A complete nomination does NOT constitute show entry. The Kansas State Fair entries are already available on their Grand Drive website, and KJLS will release entry information to agents and through their website soon. State Fair Grand Drive entries will be due July 15th, and KJLS entries will be due August 15th. Animals who are nominated, but do not follow the appropriate entry processes set forth by each show, will not be permitted to show. For more information on the nomination process, please contact Lexie Hayes at email@example.com.