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2005 State Fair of Virginia Youth Sheep Show

Livestock Update, July 2005

Dr. Scott P. Greiner Extension Animal Scientist, Sheep, VA Tech

Market Lamb & Commercial Ewe Lamb Nomination Schedule
Locations for identification and weighing of market lambs and commercial ewe lambs for the 2005 State Fair of Virginia Youth Sheep Show have been set. Nominations will take place at various locations around the state between July 16 and July 27. All youth who plan to exhibit market lambs and/or commercial ewe lambs at the 2005 State Fair of Virginia are required to weigh and identify their lambs at one of the following sites:

Date & Time Location (for directions to a nomination site, please call contact person listed)
Shenandoah Valley/Northern Virginia - Contact Person: Corey Childs, (703)777-0373,
Saturday, July 16
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Rockingham Livestock Market
Harrisonburg, VA
Monday, July 18
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Clarke County Fairgrounds
Berryville, VA
Monday, July 25
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Shenandoah Valley Ag Research & Extension Center
Steeles Tavern, VA
Central Virginia - Contact Person: Brad Jarvis, (540)948-6881,
Monday, July 25
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Young Farmers Grounds
Madison, VA
Southwest Virginia - Contact Person: Matthew Miller, (276)728-7611,
Monday, July 18
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
New River Valley Fairgrounds
Dublin, VA
Wednesday, July 20
2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Abingdon 4H Center
Abingdon, VA
Tidewater Region - Contact Person: Cynthia Gregg, (434)848-2151,
Wednesday, July 27
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech Tidewater Center Research Farm
near Holland, VA

Nomination procedures:

  1. Lambs will be weighed, tagged, and tattooed. Nomination forms will be completed by exhibitors.
  2. Exhibitors may take lambs to any nomination location. However, exhibitors must take all of their lambs to the same location.
  3. A maximum of 12 lambs may be nominated per exhibitor. These lambs may be wethers or ewes, to be shown as either market lambs or commercial ewe lambs (no designation required at time of nomination). A maximum of 6 total market lambs and commercial ewes may be shown at State Fair.
  4. Market lambs and commercial ewe lambs must also be entered to be shown at the State Fair. Entries are due August 15. Weighing and identification at these locations does not constitute final entry for State Fair. State Fair entry forms and competition guides may be accessed on-line at

Rule Changes for 2005

  1. 1) A Sheep Premier Exhibitor Program will be in place for 2005. The Premier Exhibitor Program is designed to recognize exhibitors for their all-around knowledge and achievement in the youth sheep project. There will be three age divisions - Junior, Intermediate, Senior. Premier Exhibitor determination will be based on the following: 25% sheep quiz, 25% stockman's contest, 25% sheep judging/questions, 15% showmanship, 10% live sheep placing in show. For details see the State Fair Youth Sheep Competition Guide.
  2. 2) There will be no entry or participation fee for the State Fair Youth Livestock shows in 2005.

For further information concerning the State Fair of Virginia Youth Sheep Show contact Dr. Scott Greiner, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-9159, email

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