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Weigh In Day Set For Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Apr 8, 2010

One of the sure signs of Spring is the start of projects for youth planning to exhibit at the annual Palo Alto County Fair. For two livestock project areas, Saturday, April 17, will will be the starting day for Breeding Heifers and Derby Swine.

Breeding Heifer Identification Day and Derby Swine weigh ins for all Palo Alto County 4-H/FFA members planning on showing animals in those classes will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg.

All breeding heifers must be brought to the fairgrounds in Emmetsburg and be identified on this date. The identifications are required in order to exhibit at either the Palo Alto County, Clay County or Iowa State Fairs. Beef superintendents will have tags and tattoo equipment available that day for those heifers needing a form of identification.  ID forms will be filled out and collected that morning.

Any heifers going to the Iowa State Fair must be tattooed and the numbers/letters recorded on the ID form. All heifers must have a birth date and purebred animals must also have the registration number listed on the ID. Exhibitors should bring that information with them to the weigh-in. Exhibitors of purebred animals should bring registration papers with them to make sure all information is entered accurately on the ID form. 

Any heifer being identified as a breeding heifer which was previously identified as a market heifer can no longer a market heifer as double identification is not allowed.

Exhibitors not able to attend the Breeding Heifer Identification Day must contact the Extension office three days prior to the identification day so other arrangements can be made. All breeding heifers must be purchased by April 17th and no IDs will be accepted after that day. 

Cow/calf pairs need to also be identified but do not need to come on this day. Those animals need to be registered on an ID form no later than the Breeding Heifer Identification Day, April 17th.  ID forms are available at the Extension office or on our website at


Prospect Calf ID forms for Clay County Fair are also available at the Extension office or on the above website and are due no later than June 10th.

The weigh-in for 4-H/FFA derby swine for the 2010 Palo Alto County Fair will also take place on Saturday, April 17th, from 9:00-10:00 AM at the fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. A major change in the Swine Department for this year is the removal of a requirement that exhibitors have a derby pig in order to show market pigs.

Swine exhibitors are strongly encouraged to consider having an entry in the derby class, though, as the class provides an excellent learning opportunity about good production practices.

The Derby Class will continue to be part of the fair’s Market Swine show and will pick a derby champion and reserve champion.  Exhibitors can weigh in up to three derby pigs and exhibit up to two animals in the derby class. Derby pigs can be barrows or gilts.  Derby pigs will be tagged at weigh-in.

Bio-security measures will be taken as recommended by the State 4-H Office on weigh in day at the fairgrounds. It will be assumed that swine exhibitors who do not show up on this day at the designated time will not be participating in this swine class.  

All other market swine being exhibited must be on a swine ID form and turned in to the Extension Office no later than May 1st.

An exhibitor may identify a total of 15 pigs, not counting derby pigs, on this form. New for 2010: An exhibitor can bring a maximum of 10 pigs to the fair in any combination of the following:  four individual pigs (two of which may be part of a pen), two pens of three, two breeding gilts, and two derby pigs. Forms are available from the Extension Office or on the website: www.extension.iastate.edu/paloalto/kidsteens.htm.  

A reminder to swine exhibitors – a Youth Committee member must initial the form before turning it in to the office or it will not be accepted.

Call the Palo Alto County Extension with questions at 712-852-2865.